COMP38512 Digital Wireless Communications and Networks syllabus 2014-2015
Mobile systems are rapidly becoming ubiquitous in the form of laptops, tablets and smart-phones. These use a mixture of wireless technologies such as 4G (LTE), 3G (UMTS), 2G (GSM), WiFi (IEEE 802.11), Bluetooth, NFC and others to communicate. Future common devices will start to fulfil the Internet of Things (IoT) with massive numbers of static and mobile sensors envisaged all of which will need to upload values as well as receive instructions and updates.
This course aims to raise your awareness of the networking underlying many of these systems and to investigate future trends using a mixture of lectures and directed reading of research papers and on-line tutorials.
The core 2nd year networking course has introduced the background that all computer scientists need. That course is almost entirely about wired networks. This course extends the networking to various types of wireless networks both centrally controlled and distributed. The course covers wireless propagation, various types of wireless data distribution, issues with connectivity, routing and transport. The main goal is for students to build a deeper understanding of how today's wireless networks operate and to be aware of current and possible future developments in this domain.
To develop awareness and experience of:
- Wireless propagation in theory and practice.
- To learn about the techniques used to modulate digital data onto radio waves, error detection and prevention.
- To overview the different types of digital communications in use today.
- To overview and gain insight of wireless system evolution.
- To be aware of the latest research being carried out and its relevance to future wireless and network developments.
Up to 22 lecture and class sessions, 2 per week.
The course consists of lectures introducing different networking topics accompanied by research papers (mainly surveys) to read and use in problem solving classes. Some sessions are kept for the problem solving classes and for students to talk about what they have learned with feedback both from the lecturer and their peers. In these sessions more diverse ideas and examples can be raised and used as examples for system design and other applications oriented problem solving.
- Lectures (15 hours)
- Practical classes & workshops (7 hours)
- Analytical skills
- Problem solving
|Programme outcome||Unit learning outcomes||Assessment|
|A3 A5 B1 B3||Have a knowledge and understanding of the architecture and communication protocols for wireless networks used in both fixed and mobile applications.|
|A3 A5 B1 B3||Have an understanding of the latest developments in wireless network protocols and technologies.|
|A3 A5 B1 B3||Be able to aid in the design and implementation of systems using wireless communications technology.|
|Mobile communications (2nd edition)||Schiller, Jochen||0321123816||Pearson Education Limited||2003||✔|
|Introduction to wireless and mobile systems (3rd edition)||Agrawal, Dharma Prakesh and Qing-An Zeng||9781439062050||Cengage Learning||2010||✖|
|Wireless communications: principles and practice (2nd edition)||Rappaport, Theodore S.||0130422320||Pearson Education (US)||2002||✖|
|Digital communications: fundamentals and applications (2nd edition)||Sklar, Bernard||0130847887||Prentice -Hall||2001||✖|
|Telecommunication networks: protocols, modeling and analysis||Schwartz, Mischa||020116423X||Addison Wesley||1987||✖|
|802.11 wireless networks: the definitive guide (2nd edition)||Gast, Matthew S.||0596100523||O'Reilly||2005||✖|
|Computer networks (5th edition)||Tanenbaum, Andrew S. and David Wetherall||9780132126953||Prentice Hall||2010||✖|
|Introduction to digital communications||Kurzweil, Jack||0471157724||John Wiley and Sons Ltd||2000||✖|
|Digital communication (3rd edition)||Barry, John R. and Edward A. Lee and David G. Messerschmidt||9780792375487||Springer||2003||✖|
|Digital communications: design for the real world||Bateman, Andrew||0201343010||Pearson Education Limited||1999||✖|
Course unit materials
Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.