June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
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A Wireless Communication and Networking Course Developed for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Technology Program
During the past decade, wireless communication has become a ubiquitous technology. The booming application of wireless communication and its fast developing technology have caused significant social and technological impacts. Despite its rising importance, wireless communication and wireless networks are not commonly studied in an Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology program. As a part of our curriculum continuous improvement plan, faculty members in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology department at the University of Cincinnati felt it very important to teach students the current wireless and mobile communication technologies, and to let them gain hands-on experiences with the application of wireless technologies. Thus, we proposed a new course to introduce wireless communication and wireless networks in 2006. The new course has been strongly supported by local industry as well as the department's industrial advisor committee. The new course has been offered twice in 2006 and received very positive student responses. This paper describes the course information, lecture topics, laboratory exercises, student feedback, and the instructor’s reflections.
Wireless computing is a rapidly emerging technology which offers network connectivity thereby minimizing the need for a wired connection and thus supports the concept of mobility. Wireless technology has already become the most exciting area in telecommunications and networks. The rapid growth of wireless and mobile telephones, satellite communication, wireless local area networks (WLAN), wireless personal area networks (WPAN) and wireless metropolitan area networks (WMAN) and the applications of wireless internet are generating tremendous changes in the telecommunication industry and results in significant impact to the society. For example, businesses are increasing their reliance on wireless networks and developing the requisite infrastructure to implement and integrate wireless technologies into their existing networks. A new market analysis report in November 2006 from The Insight Research Corporation  predicts that service revenues in the global telecommunications industry will reach $1.3 trillion by the close of 2007, with continued strong growth in wireless leading the way. According to the new industry market study, wireless service revenues are expected to grow at a compounded rate of nearly 10 percent over the next few years, while wired service revenues grow much more modestly at two percent.
Continual growth in the wireless industry can be attributed to several reasons. First, wireless networks provide an alternative to the high installation and maintenance costs incurred by the traditional infrastructure of wired networks. Second, wireless/mobile networks not only offer mobility but also extend the capability to the traditional networks. For example, WLANs can be set up in some environments such as old buildings and museums where traditional wiring is prohibited or impossible. Also, wireless networks have advantages in some operational environments where the network is only operational for a short time. Having gone far beyond
Zhou, X., & Everly, J., & Rabiee, M. (2007, June), A Wireless Communications And Networking Course Developed For Electrical Engineering And Computer Engineering Technology Programs Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2631
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