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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain the key concepts used for communication in wireless and mobile networks; (2) critically analyse communication protocols for wireless and mobile networks; (3) work in teams to design, build and analyse complex applications with mobile nodes and wireless connections; (4) examine confidentiality, integrity and availability for mobile and wireless networks; and; and (5) discuss ethical implications of security and privacy practices in contemporary wireless networks..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group project; (2) research essay; and (3) in-class tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Rachel Cardell-Oliver
Unit rules
Enrolment in
HON-CMSSE Computer Science and Software Engineering
or 62530 Master of Data Science
or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering
or BH008 Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science [Honours]
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 96 points
and Successful completion of
CITS3002 Computer Networks
Advisable prior study
CITS3002 Computer Networks
Contact hours
Lectures: 1 hour per week, Labs: 2 hours per week
Unit will be changed from Semester 2 to Semester 1 from 2022 onwards
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