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COMP61232: Mobile Communications (2011-2012)

This is an archived syllabus from 2011-2012

Mobile Communications
Level: 6
Credit rating: 15
Pre-requisites: Basic mathematics
Co-requisites: No Co-requisites
Lectures: 1 day per week (5 weeks)
Lecturers: Barry Cheetham, Nick Filer
Course lecturers: Barry Cheetham

Nick Filer

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Sem 2 P3 Lecture 2.19 Thu 09:00 - 17:00 -
Assessment Breakdown
Exam: 50%
Coursework: 50%
Lab: 0%

Themes to which this unit belongs
  • Mobile Computing


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

Programme outcomeUnit learning outcomesAssessment
A1 A2Understanding of the systems, protocols and mechanisms needed to support mobility in communications and computing equipment such as mobile phones, portable computers and PDA's.
  • Examination
  • Practical project
A1 A2Understanding of the issues involved and techniques used in the design of Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols for wireless networks.
  • Examination
  • Practical project
A1 A2Understanding of digital transmission methods, radio propagation and the effects of radio interference.
  • Examination
  • Practical project
A1 A2 B1 C1 C2 D4Practical 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.
  • Examination
  • Practical project
B1 C1 C2 D4The experience of using an industrial standard network simulation package, such as OPNET.
  • Examination
  • Practical project


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