CITS4419 Mobile and Wireless Computing

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Computer Science and Software Engineering [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Wireless computing technologies are increasingly used to provide internet connectivity for portable handheld devices and laptop computers, to permit ad-hoc communication between these same devices, and to enable the monitoring and control of our environment from remote locations. The current growth in affordable wireless computing devices presents many exciting opportunities and challenges. This unit introduces a number of topics fundamental to the study of mobile and wireless computing.
Students are able to (1) work in teams and contribute to complex software projects related to wireless networks; (2) write technical reports and documentation for complex computer programs; (3) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy (e.g. design and implement complex programs using the information discussed in the lectures); (4) effectively utilise interpersonal skills (e.g. listening attentively and communicating with team members for implementing a software project related to wireless networks); (5) practise enquiry-based thinking relevant to the discipline (e.g. understanding the technical details of wireless communication systems like Bluetooth and Wireless LAN and relating this understanding to wireless platforms provided by different commodity Wi-Fi devices); (6) apply problem-solving and logical thinking skills to mobile and wireless computing; (7) write complex computer programs for implementing wireless communication protocols; (8) analyse the implementation of different wireless communication protocols implemented in the MAC and network layers of the OSI protocol stack; and (9) design and implement complex applications that use wireless technologies for communication.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group project; (2) written essay; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has
obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student
must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Rachel Cardell-Oliver
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
Honours in Computer Science and Software Engineering
Master of Data Science; for pre-2012 courses: enrolment in honours
a higher degree by coursework in Computer Science and Software Engineering
Advisable prior study:
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java (formerly Object-oriented Programming and Software Engineering), (CITS1002 Programming and Systems
CITS2002 Programming and Systems)
CITS3002 Computer Networks (formerly Networks and Security)
CITS7219 Mobile and Wireless Computing
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