COMP SCI 4192 - Mobile and Wireless Systems Hons
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 4192 Course Mobile and Wireless Systems Hons Coordinating Unit Computer Science Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites COMP SCI 2201 Incompatible COMP SCI 4092 Assumed Knowledge COMP SCI 3001 Course Description 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.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Damith Ranasinghe
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe learning objectives for Mobile and Wireless Networks are:
- To develop the concept of systems thinking in the context of mobile and wireless systems
- To develop knowledge of the interplay of concepts and multiple sub-disciplines in mobile and wirless systems
- 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
- To gain knowledge and experience in applying various computation methods and algorithms as a part of software development
- To gain experience in evaluating mobile computing applications, computation methods and algorithms through experiments and simulations
- 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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesDuring 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 LearningAll assessments and course materials are located on the Canvas (MyUni) site. All the communications will use Slack (developed for professional and organizational communications). Students are expected to check the Canvas on a regular basis for content, tasks and assessments relating to the course.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course aims to introduce students to a range of Mobile and Wireless Network technology, research challenges, real-world application areas and systems thinking. The concepts will be studied through readings followed by discussions in small groups. The concepts will be practiced and reinforced by participation a research project and seminar presentations with a written research paper.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Mobile and Wireless Networks is a 3 unit course. The expectation is that students will be spending 12 hours per week working on the course. Two to three of those hours are contact hours; the remainder of the time should be spent working on research and assessment tasks.
Learning Activities SummaryA selection of these following topics will be covered in this course based on student project choice:
- Mobile and wireless interface and application design and development
- Ad-hoc and wireless sensor networks
- Security and privacy
- Internet of Things
- Tracking and localisation
Specific Course RequirementsStudents must also obtain at least 50% of the total marks to pass the course.
The course relies on a body of assumed knowlege obtained through a Computer Science major in an Undergraduate Program.
- Proficiency in a high level programming lanuage like Java
- Software testing, ability to debug code and understand the process of finding software bugs fnd fixing them.
- Completed a course in computer networks with socket programming
- Completed a course in distributed system
- Completed a course covering computer and network security fundamentals
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes CBOK Alignment** Group project work (background study, methodology, experiments and results, demonstration or simulation) 35 Group Formative Week 3
1. 2. 3. 4. 5, 6 1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 3.1 3.2 3.3 4.2 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Seminar presentation of progress, on-going paper reviews, participation and discussions in group meetings 40 Individual Formative Weeks 1-12 2. 3. 4. 5, 6 1.1 1.2 3.1 3.2 3.3 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Written report in the format of a research paper 25 Individual Summative Weeks 13 1. 2. 3. 4. 5 1.1 1.2 2.5 3.1 3.2 3.3 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
**CBOK is the Core Body of Knowledge for ICT Professionals defined by the Australian Computer Society. The alignment in the table above corresponds with the following CBOK Areas:
1. Problem Solving1.1 Abstraction1.2 Design
2. Professional Knowledge2.1 Ethics2.2 Professional expectations2.3 Teamwork concepts & issues2.4 Interpersonal communications2.5 Societal issues2.6 Understanding of ICT profession
3. Technology resources3.1 Hardware & Software3.2 Data & information3.3 Networking
4. Technology Building4.1 Programming4.2 Human factors4.3 Systems development4.4 Systems acquisition
5. ICT Management5.1 IT governance & organisational5.2 IT project management5.3 Service management5.4 Security management
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents will need to attend weekly lecture times as these time slots are used for the presentations and project group meetings with supervisors.
A project description and related study material is provided for each project. In general the following apply. Work fulfilling aim of the project and developing a demonstrator or simulation to showcase results should include a single parent directory with the following contents:
- All source code (and comments)
- All configuration files
- Documentation including installation and running instructions which contains a brief description of how the program can be run (including commands to compile and run programs with different parameters where applicable)
- Students must be able to explain their solutions to the project supervisors
The project is a group project but individual group members must identify and be able to explain their individual contributions. These should be annotated clearly in the code and in any documentation.
Written assessment tasks
Documents submitted should include as the first page a coversheet or title page containing only the report title and submission date followed by the student’s name (or students' names as appropriate) and university id number. All references should be acknowledged and it is encouraged to refer to many sources; in addition, any material referred to should not be copied word for word unless placed in quotation marks. The format of this document should follow guidelines placed on the course website.
Provision of feedback to students
Feedback on your progress will be provided at weekly meetings, assignment marks, feedback and comments during Q&A following presentations and comments on students work for written/presented/demonstrated assignments. Requests for further explanations, or to ask for an assignment to be remarked an email should be sent to your course co-ordinator.
Extensions for assessment tasks
In general, extensions will not be given because the tasks are culminations of incremental progress made each week and demonstrated weekly. Students who have suffered illness or been hindered in some other way should still hand in what they have done by the due date. They should then lodge a written request (supported by documentary evidence) for special circumstances to be taken into account.
Penalty for late submission
All late submissions except the research report will receive a mark of zero. The research paper has a 3 day grace period to submit without penalty.
SubmissionAll submissions are made via the course's moodle page (the research report should be in PDF format). Project code are submitted via GitHub.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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