Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Wireless Communication

CIT 32700 / 3 Cr.

Students will learn about the growing range of wireless technologies and their applications. The course will explore the fundamentals of each wireless technology from basic signaling properties to current and future market uses. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with various wireless technologies.

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Course Outcomes (What are these?)

  • Explain the principles of wireless communications (CIT i)
  • Give examples of the multiple applications of wireless communications (CIT i)
  • Define the terminology associated with wireless communications (CIT i)
  • Assess various wireless communication platforms in selecting solutions for an application (CIT b)
  • Critically compare strengths and weaknesses of each platform discussed (CIT j)
  • Design and implement a wireless network (CIT c, g)
  • Produce user-readable documentation for the solution to a problem (CIT f)
  • Apply new knowledge with hands-on experience with wireless communications (CIT i)

CIT Student Outcomes (What are these?)

(b) An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.

(c) An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.

(f) an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

(g) An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.

(i) An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

(j) An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies.

  • Electromagnetic Spectrum / Radio Waves / Associated bands
  • Cellular Communications
  • RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Tags)
  • 802.11 (Wi-Fi)
  • 802.16 (WiMax)
  • Satellite Communications
  • Bluetooth
  • Infrared
  • GPS
  • Microwave
  • Emerging Wireless Technology and Applications
Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs)

2. Critical Thinking

3. Integration and Application of Knowledge

4. Intellectual Depth, Breadth, and Adaptiveness

5. Understanding Society and Culture

What You Will Learn

Electromagnetic Spectrum/Radio Waves/Associated bands

  • Describe the ways in which radio waves are measured
  • Illustrate the basic concepts and techniques through which data can be transmitted by radio waves
  • List advantages and disadvantages of radio waves
  • List advantages and disadvantages of infrared waves
  • Apply the relationship of frequency to speed of light and waves
  • Describe frequency
  • Describe amplitude
  • Describe intensity
  • Describe phase
  • Describe how data is transmitted
  • Explain modulation

Cellular Communications

  • Describe Cellular Networks
  • Explain Cellular Telephone Systems
  • Explain Current Cellular Standards
  • Describe Types Cellular Networks


  • Define Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
  • Explain the need for RFID and how RFID works
  • List the components of an RFID system
  • Outline the challenges of RFID

802.11 (Wi-Fi)

  • Describe how WLANs are used
  • List the components and modes of a WLAN
  • Describe how an RF WLAN works
  • Explain the differences between IR, IEEE 802.11, and IEEE 802.11 x WLANs
  • Outline the user mobility features offered by IEEE 802.11 networks

802.16 (WiMax)

  • Explain why wireless metropolitan area networks (WMANs) are needed
  • Describe the components and modes of operation of a WMAN
  • List the range of WMAN technologies, including FSO, LMDS, MMDS, and 802.16 (WiMAX)
  • Explain how WMANs function
  • Outline the security features of WMANs

Satellite Communications

  • Describe the components of a satellite network
  • Describe Satellite Communication rates
  • Explain advantages and disadvantages of satellites
  • Explain uses of satellite systems


  • Identify key markets for Bluetooth adoption
  • Discuss frequency used for communication
  • Describe management requirements of link
  • Evaluate security concerns of the technology


  • Identify how infrared works
  • Identify IrDA standards
  • Compare to other limited range technologies
  • Discuss frequency used for communication


  • Discuss historical significance of technology
  • Recognize underlying infrastructure
  • Describe underlying infrastructure
  • Identify frequencies used in communication
  • Examine market and public safety applications


  • Compare spectrum application to others
  • Identify technologies that exist as microwave signals
  • Describe unique communications techniques using microwave technology

Emerging Wireless Technologies and Applications

  • Describe the components of a satellite network
  • Describe Satellite Communication rates
  • Explain advantages and disadvantages of satellites
  • Explain uses of satellite systems