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COMP60242: Mobile Computing (2007-2008)

This is an archived syllabus from 2007-2008

Mobile Computing
Level: 6
Credit rating: 15
Pre-requisites: Basic mathematics
Co-requisites: No Co-requisites
Lectures: 1 day per week (5 weeks)
Lecturers: Nick Filer
Course lecturer: Nick Filer

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Sem 2 w19-23 Lecture 2.19 Thu 09:00 - 17:00 -
Assessment Breakdown
Exam: 50%
Coursework: 50%
Lab: 0%


Understanding of concepts underlying current developments in mobile communications and wireless computer networks.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understanding of the systems, protocols and mechanisms needed to support mobility in communications and computing equipment such as mobile phones, portable computers and PDA's. (A1,A2)

2. Understanding of the issues involved and techniques used in the design of Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols for wireless networks (A1,A2).

3. Understanding of digital transmission methods, radio propagation and the effects of radio interference. (A1,A2)

4. Practical experience and analysis of the effects of radio interference on transmissions between a wireless LAN access point and a mobile computer, and the effectiveness of bit-error control methods (A1,A2,B1,C1,C2,D4).

5. The experience of using an industrial standard network simulation package, such as OPNET(B1,C1,C2,D4)

Assessment of Learning outcomes

All the outcomes are assessed partly through the outcome of a practical project and partly by a written examination.

Contribution to Programme Learning Outcomes

A1,A2, B1,C1,C2,D4


Introduction to wireless networking & mobile communications.
Protocols supporting mobility.
Application layer issues: multimedia, VoIP & VoWLAN.
Network & transport layer issues: Mobile-IP & Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). Mobile-TCP, indirect-TCP & Wireless Application Protocol (WAP).
Security in mobile computing.
Medium Access Control (MAC) issues: MAC protocols for digital cellular systems such as GSM & wireless LANs. Near-far effect. Hidden and exposed terminals. Collision avoidance (RTS-CTS) protocols.
Error control in data-link layer.
Digital modulation & transmission
Radio propagation & antennae

Reading List

Core Text
Title: Mobile communications (2nd edition)
Author: Schiller, Jochen
ISBN: 0321123816
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Edition: 2nd
Year: 2003

Supplementary Text
Title: Computer networks (5th edition)
Author: Tanenbaum, Andrew S. and David Wetherall
ISBN: 9780132126953
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Edition: 5th
Year: 2010

Supplementary Text
Title: Wireless communications: principles and practice (2nd edition)
Author: Rappaport, Theodore S.
ISBN: 0130422320
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Edition: 2nd
Year: 2002