Section 90
Summer 2013


CIS472 Wireless Communications and Networks (4)

Prerequisite: CIS 100 or permission of instructor.

Summer 2013


Time: Thursdays 6:10pm-10:00pm

Location: Salazar Hall, Room C342



Song Xing, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
Office: Simpson Tower, Room 605
Phone: (323)343-2917

Office hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays 4:45pm-6:05pm, send the instructor email for an appointment for other times. 

Wireless technology has quickly become the newest networking technology that has hit the mainstream. The purpose of this course is to provide a straightforward and broad survey of wireless voice and data network standards and technologies available today for personal and business communications. It is designed for students taking an entry-level wireless technology course or seeking better knowledge of wireless communications and networks. To help students discover technologies from Bluetooth to satellite broadband, this course provides a fundamental introduction to wireless communication systems including wireless personal area networks (WPANs), wireless local area networks (WLANs), wireless metropolitan area networks (WMANs), wireless wide area networks (WWANs), wireless sensor networks (WSNs), and wireless local loops.

The cutting-edge wireless mobility topics discussed in this course will cover the wireless networking system architecture, standards, technologies, QoS (quality of service), security, multimedia applications in business, and fundamental concepts in mobile applications programming for smartphone platforms of Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile, etc. This course will also be of assistance to students who are looking to obtain the Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (CWTS) entry-level certification and the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) foundation level certification from Planet3 Wireless, the organization that is the leader in vendor-neutral wireless certifications.

There is no assigned textbook for the course. Instead, lecture notes are available on the Lectures page of the course web site. Also, Two main references are suggested and listed below. More references are listed on the References & Other page of the course web site.

  • Jorge Olenewa, Guide to Wireless Communications, 3rd Ed, Course Technology, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-111-30731-8 (reference).
  • Mark Ciampa, CWNA Guide to Wireless LANs, 3rd Ed. Cengage Learning, 2013, ISBN-10: 978-1-133-13217-2 (reference).

Tentative Topics:

  1. Introduction to Wireless Communications(Communication Networks, Radio Waves and Wireless Signal Encoding Techniques, Wireless Networking Issues and Constraints, Mobile Personal Communication Devices, Wireless Internetworking Devices).
  2. Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs) (Infrared WPANs, Bluetooth Technology, ZigBee, High Speed WPANs).
  3. Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs)(IEEE 802.11 WLAN Standards, WLAN Planning, Configuration and Troubleshooting, WLAN Security).
  4. Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks (WMANs) (Last Mile Connections to the Internet, Fixed and Mobile WiMAX Applications).
  5. Wireless Wide Area Networks (WWANs)(Satellite Communications, Cellular Wireless Networks).
  6. Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) (Fixed and Wireless Sensor Networks, Sensor Network Design, WSN Applications).
  7. Wireless Local Loops (Cordless Phone System, Wireless Internet Access: Wi-Fi, WiMax, 3G/4G, Satellite Broadband).
  8. Mobile Applications Programming (Android development, iOS development).
  9. Wireless and Personal Communications in Business (Advantages of Wireless Technology, Challenges of Using Wireless Technology, Building a Wireless Infrastructure)
The schedule of lecture topics and reading assignments is listed on the Schedule page of the course web site. The detailed lecture slides will be posted on the Lectures page of the course web site before the class begins. The References & Other page of the course web site also lists many useful links for helping people to study the course.


There will be regular homework assignments, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. The final grade will be determined using the following weights: homework assignments 10%, mid-term exam 42%, final exam 46%, class participation and attendance 2%.

There are no research project assignments for this quarter.


Homework assignments must be done individually. Failure to do so will result in a violation of the Academic Honor Code. The following cases will be considered as violations: identical answers and extremely similar answers.

The extension of the homework due day is possible and will be announced in the class. People who submit the homework on time will earn extra credits if there is an extension. However, any submission will not be accepted after the homework sloutions are posted online.


The tentative date for the mid-term is Aug 1, Thursday, 6:10pm-8:10pm. The Final exam is scheduled for Sep 4, Thursday, 7:30pm-10:00pm.

The exams will contain the True/False questions, Multiple Choice questions, and a couple of small questions. The final exam is not cumulative and it will only cover the material talked after the mid-term exam. The study guides and exam sample questions will be posted on the Homework page of the course web site. You are allowed to use one page note in two exams.

Make-up exams will be given only in unusual circumstances beyond the student's control. Arrangements for make-up exams must be made in advance.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is mandatory. Send the instructor ( email in advance if you have to miss a class due to emergency or sickness.

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