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Wireless Network Infrastructure

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
College Code:
Engineering & Information Technology
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018


This program will be offered at the Cambridge (Fountain St.) campus effective Fall 2017.

About the Program

This program prepares graduates with degrees or diplomas in telecommunications, electronics or computer engineering or technology for work in emerging fields in the wireless telecommunications industry.

Students will enhance their undergraduate knowledge with practical skills that include use of industry standard tools (drivetest tools, propagation tools, spectrum analysers, network analysers, etc.), and the techniques required for success in the wireless industry. Students will broaden their familiarity with troubleshooting and configuration of local area and wide area networks (LANs and WANs) and networking topics relevant to telecom carriers including virtual private networks, quality of service, and others. Cutting edge topics in long term evolution (LTE) and 5th generation wireless networks, high bandwidth wireless (WiGig+) and concurrent MIMO systems, will ensure graduates will be in high demand. Additional topics will include spectrum utilization and associated network design, and IP based wireless systems, enterprise WiFi, WiMAX and Bluetooth. Further specialization focuses on intra-vehicular communication systems used in emerging auto designs and which operate such features as self-driving cars.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Cambridge - September/2017 - Fall | Winter
         Cambridge - January/2018 - Winter | Spring/Summer
         Cambridge - May/2018 - Spring/Summer | Fall
Location: Cambridge (Fountain St)
Start: September, January and May
First-Year Capacity: 30

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates will be well-positioned to work in Canada's telecommunications industry especially at the network planning and optimization level and will be qualified to work with the emerging 5G technology.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1474)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
EECE8100 Data Communications

Description: This course covers fundamentals of digital data communications from a physical layer perspective. Topics covered include digital coding of analog waveforms and source coding, baseband digital signaling, baseband transmission, digital modulation techniques, and channel coding.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

INFO8140 RF and Network Systems and Components

Description: This course is oriented towards main areas of knowledge and skills regarding both hardware and software required to design, set up, maintain and troubleshoot computer networks. Topics covered include: network topologies, OSI reference model, transmission media, data coding, modems, multiplexing, error control, wired and wireless LANs, Internet Protocols, internetworking devices, and circuit technologies.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

TCOM8000 Telecommunications and Network Fundamentals

Description: This course provides a foundation in mobile telecommunications and wireless networks with a discussion of wireless and mobile network architectures, technologies and protocols. Topics covered include cellular and mobile IP concepts. It also introduces the various wireless 1G, 2G, and 3G platforms, architecture, and protocols. Other topics include: multiple-access methods, spread spectrum modulation, and different wireless network protocols such as WiFi, WiMAX, WiMAN, and Bluetooth.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

TCOM8010 RF Spectrum and Propagation Theory

Description: This course covers how RF spectrum is used for wireless data networks. The experimental full duplex technology will be covered. Topics include propagation theory, current spectrum allotments, new frequency bands (450, 600, 700 MHz) and their challenges, propagation modeling and propagation tools.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

TCOM8020 Wireless and Network Analysis Tools

Description: This is a hands-on tools course which will expose students to the current RF diagnostic tools used for 4G technologies. The particular tools will depend on what is currently in use in the field and will be specified at the time that the course in offered. Students will emerge from the course being able to operate these systems without the need for further training by prospective telco employers.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

Level 2
EECE8110 Wireless Telecommunications Project

Description: This course is a projects course and is the capstone of the program. Students will propose applications and other mobile data projects for development. This prepares students for industry development and innovation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

INFO8150 Emerging Trends in Wireless Communications

Description: This course will examine the impact of the Internet of Things on emerging wireless technologies and communications strategies. Students need to know where the industry is going and what to be prepared for. This course is student-driven and will acquaint students with industry research.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

INFO8160 Fundamentals of Information Security

Description: This course will cover the three basic tenets that are at the foundation of modern information security practices: confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Topics will include the historical background of Information security, encryption, data classification, and other related technical processes supporting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of infrastructure and systems.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

TCOM8030 LTE and 5th Generation Networks

Description: LTE is the dominant end-to-end wireless broadband technology. The course delves into the system architecture, signaling, data session set-up and teardown, authentication, data interconnections, optimization, handoffs and system metrics. The course of further evolution will be explored and students will be prepared for future evolutions.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

TCOM8040 RF/Wireless Lab

Description: This is a hands-on lab course that uses emulation equipment to test and evaluate network operation and optimization. Emulated network elements include eNodeB, MME (mobility management entity) and sGw (serving gateway). Students will learn how to operate the network and to test traffic throughput under differing mobility scenarios.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

TCOM8050 Wireless Network Design and Build

Description: Examine processes related to the design and build of wireless network infrastructure solutions. Topics include determining what sort of solution is appropriate for the circumstances and proceeds to explain the impact of zoning and city-planning bylaws and land-use issues. The design/build process is detailed and includes such topics as issuing search rings, site acquisition, CW (propagation tests), candidate evaluation, the building cycle, site testing and regulatory issues. Alternatives to the traditional site acquisition process are explored. Supplementary topics including in-building applications.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2

Program Outcomes

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Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2018 Cambridge Closed
JAN, 2019 Cambridge Open
MAY, 2019 Cambridge Open
** Status applicable to domestic students
Program status for international students

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