EEL6591 Wireless Networks

EEL6591 Wireless Networks


Janise McNair

Course Description

Design and analysis of wireless networks including channel characteristics, physical layer, cellular concepts, multiple access control protocols, FEC and ARQ protocols, resource allocation, and wireless standards.

Course Objective

By the end of this course, students will know the basic operation and design of a wireless system, specifically, the key features of the 5th Generation (5G) mobile networks. The students will gain insight into the key areas of research that will define this new system technology paving the path towards future research and development. Students will learn how wireless networks are designed, how to do wireless network simulations, and how to critically evaluate recent research papers.

Material and Supplies Fees:





EEL 5718 and basic knowledge of probability and statistics.


(Many of these books are on electronic reserve, and can be accessed within Canvas (Course Reserves menu link))

Required Textbook:

Fundamentals of 5G Mobile Networks, edited by Jonathan Rodriguez, Wiley, June 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1118867525 ISBN-10: 1118867521
Also included in required reading: Selected research papers about the latest technologies

Reference (Optional) Textbooks
  • Principles of Wireless Access and Localization by K. Pahlavan and P. Krishnamurthy, Wiley, November 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0470697085 ISBN-10: 0470697083
    Note: The Wireless Access and Localization textbook has an older version, Principles of Wireless Networks: A Unified Approach. The 2001 version is out of print, but can still be purchased on Amazon (and possibly at the UF bookstore). Book details: Principles of Wireless Networks by K. Pahlavan and P. Krishnamurthy, Prentice Hall, December 2001. ISBN-13: 978-0130930033 ISBN-10: 0130930032
  • W. Stallings, Wireless Communications and Networks, Prentice-Hall, 2002. ISBN 0-13-040864-6
  • For background in computer communications: Alberto Leon-Garcia, Communication Networks, McGraw-Hill, 2nd ed., 2003. “ISBN-10” 007246352X (“ISBN-13”9780072463521 )

Course Website

The class Canvas site is available starting on first day of class: Access via

Login using your gatorlink user name and password.

The class website will be used to:

  • view announcements, course schedule and other required information,
  • collaborate with project groups, start discussions,
  • view e-book in course reserves, download class lecture notes, handouts and assignments, and
  • submit presentations and project files (Office, Text, or PDF only).

NOTE: Participation in and regular access to this website is required.

NOTE: For issues with technical difficulties with Canvas, please contact the UF Help Desk at:

Computer requirements

  • Access to a networked computer is needed for the simulation project and some homework problems (e.g., MatLab, C/C++, ns-2)
  • If you need remote access to the ECE computer lab, you must create an account. More information is available on the ECE IT Resources page. Contact instructor for more info.

The course will include theory from the textbook, examples from instructor class notes, and presentations/reports/demo from group projects. There is not a laboratory section for this course.

Course Schedule

Week 1 Course Overview, Drivers for 5G
Week 2 5G Internet – Internet of Things and SDN
Week 3 5G Internet – Cellular Architecture and Mobility
Week 4 Quality of Service
Week 5 5G Small Cells
(in Week 4 and 5 we will also have Student Group Presentations for Course Project Proposals)
Week 6 Cooperative Networks
Week 7 Review and Midterm Exam
Week 8 Cognitive Radio
Week 9 Spring Break
Week 10 Cognitive Radio (continued)
Week 11 Role of White Spaces in 5G
Week 12 Security in 5G
(in Week 4 and 5 we will also have Student Group Presentations for Project Progress Reports)
Week 13 Device-to-Device Networks and Mobile Social Networks
Week 14 Small Satellite Networks
Week 15 5G System Integration
Week 16 Project Demonstrations


Homework Sets (10%), Midterm Exam (25%), Review Report Presentation (25%), Course Project (35%), Class Participation (5%)

University Grading Policy: 93-100 A, 90-92 A-, 87-89 B+, 83-86 B, 80-82 B- (Curves may be applied to the course.)

Course Policies

  • Regular Participation is Expected
  • Class attendance is required. A class participation grade will be assessed, based on in-class participation and attendance during group presentations.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to independentlyobtain any missed material (including handouts) from lecture.


  • There will be no make-up exams or make-up assignments, unless approval is given by instructor at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • A penalty of 10 points per day late will be assigned for late assignments. If solutions have been provided, late assignments will not be accepted.
  • All Non-project-related Assignments are an Individual Effort Unless otherwise explicitly specified by the instructor.
  • Students are responsible for announcements made in Lecture, on Website, or via Email
  • Check your gatorlink email and the student access website several times per week for course announcements. Students should use the discussion or chat function in Canvas as a resource for commonly asked questions.

For students with disabilities

  • Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The DSO office will provide the student with documentation that he/she must provide to the course instructor when requesting accommodation.

Academic Honesty

All students admitted to the University of Florida have signed a statement of academic honesty committing them to be honest in all academic work and understanding that failure to comply with this commitment will result in disciplinary action.

This statement is a reminder to uphold your obligation as a student at the University of Florida, and to be honest in all work submitted and exams taken in this class and all others
For more information, please see the academic
Student Honor Code 6C1-4.041: SCOPE AND VIOLATIONS.

UF Counseling Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals. The resources include:

  • University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575
  • Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.
  • Personal Counseling, SHCC mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171

Software Use

All faculty, staff and student of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules,disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

Online Course Evaluation:

Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing online evaluations at Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semesters, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at