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This course bridges the gap between theoretical concepts

related to individual parts of the wireless 5G systems, and practical design. Learn the importance of wireless standards in designing telecommunication systems. Understand the role of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) organization as the crucial standardization body for both 5G and previous wireless systems. Ponder how 3GPP specifications are used to define a real system i.e. bandwidth, carrier frequencies,  etc. Review the evolution of wireless systems and the main reasons for the development of 5G. High level 5G use cases will be examined.
Specific elements of 5G systems including carrier aggregation and bandwidth adaptation, numerology and frame structure, waveforms and modulations, beamforming and beam management, network architecture, deployment options, as well as new 5G features on the horizon will be discussed. Students will also learn how 5G systems achieve the requirements of different use cases.
The curriculum will address call flows for authentication, registration, data call, voice call, etc., as examples of the system complexity stressing the importance of standards. Review current use cases for “measurement request" to illustrate the behavior of the system in particular situations. Practical examples will be discussed using Actix Analyzer, the widely used commercial tool for wireless network design.

Course Highlights:

  • Standards and OSI Protocols
  • 5G Channel Definition
  • Numerology and Frame Structure
  • Waveforms and Modulations
  • Beams, Beamforming and Beam Management
  • Example Call Flows
  • Carrier Aggregation and Bandwidth Adaptation
  • Network Architecture – Deployment Options
  • Future Features in 5G

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the role of standards when designing wireless systems for 5G
  • Comprehend the importance of OSI protocol layer when designing a 5G wireless system
  • Scrutinize high level 5G use cases from enhanced mobile broadband (eMMB) to ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLOC) needed to work in the field of wireless engineering
  • Acquire a clear understanding of uplink, downlink, logical, transport and physical channels
  • Recognize relevant call flows within the system
  • Learn the basics of wireless system debugging

Course Typically Offered: In-class in Spring quarter


Next Step: After completing this course, consider taking EE-40177 Fundamentals of 5G NR to continue learning.

Contact: For more information about this course, please email

Course Number: EE-40184
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)