Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit identifies the characteristics and limitations of small hardware devices, communication, and software infrastructure and environments providing mobile and ubiquitous computing contexts. Topics include smartphone and tablet programming, key programming paradigms, user interface design for small form-factor devices, data persistence, messaging and networking, embedded sensors, location-based services, and security and privacy.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) discuss Internet of Things (IoT), its potentials, and issues with their peers and with non-specialists; (2) design, implement, and demonstrate a IoT based application using distributed small devices in a ubiquitous computing environment; and (3) use a range of current tools and techniques in the construction and deployment of software in ubiquitous computing environments for IoT applications.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) end-semester test; (2) two programming projects; and (3) presentation. 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)
Dr Atif Mansoor
Unit rules
Enrolment in
( 62510 Master of Information Technology
or 62530 Master of Data Science

and Successful completion of CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python )
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering
Contact hours
Lectures: 2-hours per week
Labs: 3-hours per week

To be advised by the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.