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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EEL6592
Tracking Number - 5391

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective Elect Eng. - Need Textbook. Emailed 3/11/16. Updated.4/11/16. verify repeatability; online vs face to face; outcomes need rev. Emailed 4/14/16. Fixed LO. NOT repeatable. Upd 4/18. GC apprd 5/4/16 Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16. Eff 7/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2016-02-18
  2. Department: Electrical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 2106000
  5. Contact Person: Jessica Procko
  6. Phone: 46318
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EEL
  9. Number: 6592
  10. Full Title: Wireless Communication Systems Lab
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Wireless Comm Lab
  19. Course Online?: H - Face-to-face and blended (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 70
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: An extensive introduction to digital communications and wireless communication systems; involving testing, modeling, simulating, and evaluating the performance of digital communication systems at both sub-system and complete system levels.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? for use as a sequence course for MSEE/PHD students
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) A strong background in wireless communications systems; experience with hardware such as: vector signal analyzer, vector signal generator, antennas, filters, etc.
  29. Objectives: Providing a hands-on experience for the students with the latest wireless communications technologies and standards.
  30. Learning Outcomes: After successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Define basic terminology related to wireless communication systems.

    2. Analyze wireless signals in different domains (frequency, time, code, etc.).

    3. Design transmitter and receiver algorithms of digital communication systems in a simulation environment and test their performance.

    4. Build practical wireless communications systems using Vector Signal Analyzer, Vector Signal Generator, and USRPs.

    5. Identify basic problems facing the communication systems in real life and be able to attempt solutions.

    6. Describe advantages and disadvantages of the available wireless technologies.

    7. Discuss current research directions towards future wireless communication systems.

  31. Major Topics: • Design of digital communication systems in a simulation environment

    • Multidimensional signal analysis using VSA and VSG equipment

    • Introduction to wireless front end hardware

    • Understanding the popularly used modulation types

    • Filter effects in wireless communication systems

    • Synchronization (time, frequency, and phase)

    • Observing wireless channel effects and channel estimation

    • Interference analysis

    • Main features of OFDM signals

  32. Textbooks: There is no textbook required. Students use lab manuals, etc. provided on course webpage:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: The lab manuals, lecture slides, equipment user guides, etc. are provided in the course webpage:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: There are 9 laboratory experiments, 5 quizzes, 1 project and 1 final exam.

    • Pre-labs quizzes 10%

    • Lab Reports 30%

    • Project 35%

    • Final Exam 25%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: There are 9 laboratory experiments, 5 quizzes, 1 project and 1 final exam.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: All laboratory experiments, the project and final exam are mandatory. The instructor should be notified in advance for illness, medical or family emergencies and religious observances. Please, see the USF graduate catalog for details.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Electrical Engineering MSEE/PhD
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Biomedical Engineering and Mechatronics Programs

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