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COMP28512 Mobile Systems syllabus 2017-2018

COMP28512 materials

COMP28512 Mobile Systems

Level 2
Credits: 10
Enrolled students: 100

Course leader: Barry Cheetham


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Requisites

  • Pre-Requisite (Compulsory): COMP15111

Additional requirements

  • Students who are not from the School of Computer Science must have permission from both Computer Science and their home School to enrol.

Assessment methods

  • 50% Written exam
  • 50% Practical skills assessment
Timetable
SemesterEventLocationDayTimeGroup
Sem 2 Lab Toot 1 Thu 09:00 - 11:00 G
Sem 2 Lab Toot 1 Fri 09:00 - 11:00 F
Sem 2 Lecture 2.19 Mon 15:00 - 17:00 -
Themes to which this unit belongs
  • Mobile Computing and Networks

Overview

Now that the mobile telephone has evolved into a powerful computer, the mobile dimension of computing is a vital part of Computer Science. This unit will give insights into many issues of mobile systems, including wireless communication networks, the processing of speech, music and other real-time signals, the control of bit-errors and maximising battery life. The techniques and software which underlie commonplace applications of mobile computing systems, including smart-phones, tablets, laptop computers, MP3 players and GPS satellite navigation, will be addressed.

Aims

Computing is becoming increasingly mobile. This unit will give insights into the issues of mobile systems, covering mobile communications, real-time signals such as speech, video and music, codecs, and maximising battery life.

Syllabus

Mobile systems

Commonplace examples of mobile computing systems: - mobile phones; - MP3 players; - laptop computers; - PDAs; - GPS satellite navigation.

Real-time signals

Analogue and digital signals; - time and frequency domain representations; - sampling, aliasing, quantization; - companding; - real-time computation.

Coding, decoding and compression

GSM speech coding; - MP3 music, JPEG image and MPEG video coding & decoding; - error correcting codes; - communications coding schemes.

Mobile communication

Transmitting real-time information over wireless networks; - principles of cellular and ad-hoc networks; - Coding of multimedia signals - to increase the capacity of radio channels; - to minimise the effect of transmission errors.

Maximising battery life

May be addressed at many levels including: - chip design; - signal coding and processing; - medium access control; - transmit power control.

Teaching methods

Lectures

10, plus a few lab support lectures

Laboratories

2 hours/week

Feedback methods

Marks and feedback on the three laborartory tasks, the presentation and the report will be communicated via Blackboard.
Feedback on previous examinations is available via the School, and feedback on this year's examination will be published in due course.

Study hours

  • Assessment written exam (2 hours)
  • Lectures (26 hours)
  • Practical classes & workshops (24 hours)

Employability skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Group/team working
  • Innovation/creativity
  • Leadership
  • Project management
  • Oral communication
  • Problem solving
  • Research
  • Written communication
  • Other

Learning outcomes

Programme outcomeUnit learning outcomesAssessment
A3Appreciate the issues that differentiate mobile from tethered systems.
  • Examination
  • Lab assessment
A5 B1 B2 B3 C3Have a working knowledge of speech, music and video codecs.
  • Lab assessment
  • Examination
A3Understand the basics of wireless communication.
  • Examination
  • Lab assessment
A2 A5 B1 B2 B3 C2 C3 C9 D3 D7 D10Appreciate the holistic nature of power-efficient system design.
  • Lab assessment
  • Examination

Reading list

TitleAuthorISBNPublisherYearCore
Computer networks (5th edition)Tanenbaum, Andrew S. and David Wetherall9780132126953Prentice Hall2010

Additional notes

Course unit materials

Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.