CITS4419 Mobile and Wireless Computing

6 points

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
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
MJD-INTCY International Cybersecurity or
HON-CMSSE Computer Science and Software Engineering or
62530 Master of Data Science or
62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Software Engineering)
Advisable prior study:
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java (ID 296) and CITS2002 Systems Programming (ID 4722) and CITS3002 Computer Networks (ID 302)
CITS7219 Mobile and Wireless Computing
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