COMP SCI 7092 - Mobile and Wireless Systems

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course examines the characteristics of mobile and wireless networks and the impact of these characteristics on the development of software and supporting protocols. Topics covered include: mobile and wireless application design and development environments, middleware support, protocol requirements for ad-hoc and sensor networks, wireless & mobile security vulnerabilities and standards, supporting reliable communication in lossy and intermittently connected networks; challenges and architectures for wireless mobility - 4G networks, Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, Bluetooth, Mobile IP, convergence of voice and data networks.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 7092
    Course Mobile and Wireless Systems
    Coordinating Unit Computer Science
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge Internet protocols, architecture and basic network performance analysis as taught in COMP SCI 7039
    Assessment Written exam and/or assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Damith Ranasinghe

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The learning objectives for Mobile and Wireless Networks are:
    1. To develop the concept of systems thinking in the context of mobile and wireless systems
    2. To develop knowledge of the interplay of concepts and multiple sub-disciplines in mobile and wirless systems
    3. To develop knowledge and experience in mobile interface and applications design, and development techniques and methodologies set in the context of a research project addressing a real-world application
    4. To gain knowledge and experience in applying various computation methods and algorithms as a part of software development
    5. To gain experience in evaluating mobile computing applications, computation methods and algorithms through experiments and simulations
    6. To read and understand scientific research papers and present them in a seminar talk.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    During the course, literature (available online) will be provided as study material.

    While not essential, it is useful to have access to your own personal computing platform.
    Recommended Resources
    "Wireless Internet and Mobile Computing: Interoperability and Performance," Kwok & Lau, Wiley 2007, ISBN 97880847186796884
    This reference book is covers some of the concepts you need to master in this course.

    "20 Recipes for Programming PhoneGap: Cross-Platform Mobile Development for Android and iPhone," Jamie Munro, O'Reilly Media, 2012.

    Additional relevant readings will be indicated by the lecturers.
    Online Learning
    The Mobile and Wireless Networks course will use a Moodle forum; students are expected to check the forum on a regular basis for announcements relating to the course and projects.

    Link to Moodle forum:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

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    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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