Basic Research Methodology in Wireless Communications: The First Course for Research-Based Graduate Students

Zhongli Wang, Shuping Dang, Sina Shaham, Zhenrong Zhang, Zhihan Lv

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In this paper, we present an introductory course design for fresh research-based graduate students in wireless communications, which is planned to be delivered immediately after enrollment. The course aims at covering necessary research methodologies and the rudiments of wireless communications. Different from most graduate study curricula based on experiments, we design the course structure in an introductory manner by tailoring the course contents to a simplistic form and involving only simulations. We start by introducing the pedagogical background and our motivations for designing this course. Then, we present the fundamentals and the technological contents, followed by detailing the basic research methodology, strategies, and skills for deriving insightful analytical expressions and carrying out numerical simulations. We also verify the effectiveness of the course structure design by carrying out a teaching experiment and analyzing objective and subjective data collected from the experiment. By participating in this course, research-based graduate students are expected to gain preliminary knowledge of the research methodology and strategies in the field of wireless communications as well as a research roadmap.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86678-86696
Number of pages19
JournalIEEE Access
StatePublished - 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work is supported in part by the Provincial Key Scientific and Technological Research Projects of the Department of Science and Technology, Jilin Province (grant number: 20170204021GX), in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant number: 61661004), in part by Guangxi Science Foundation (grant number: 2017GXNSFAA198227), and in part by Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation (grant number: ZR2017QF015).


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