ELEC5509: Mobile Networks (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC5509: Mobile Networks (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Jamalipour, Abbas
Session options: Semester 1
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Site(s) for this Unit: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study serves as an introduction to communications network research. The unit relies on a solid understanding of data communications and mobile networks. It introduces some of the currently most debated research topics in mobile networking and presents an overview of different technical solutions. Students are expected to critically evaluate these solutions in their context and produce an objective analysis of the advantages/disadvantages of the different research proposals. The general areas covered are wireless Internet, mobility management, quality of service in mobile and IP networks, ad hoc networks, and cellular network architectures.

The following topics are covered. Introduction to wireless and mobile Internet. Wireless cellular data networks. Cellular mobile networks. Mobile networks of the future. Quality of service in a mobile environment. Traffic modelling for wireless Internet. Traffic management for wireless Internet. Mobility management in mobile networks. Transport protocols for mobile networks. Internet protocols for mobile networks.
Assumed Knowledge: ELEC3505 AND ELEC3506. Basically, students need to know the concepts of data communications and mobile communications, which could be gained in one the following units of study: ELEC3505 Communications, ELEC3506 Data Communications and the Internet, or similar units. If you are not sure, please contact the instructor.
Lecturer/s: Professor Jamalipour, Abbas
Tutor/s: Bahareh Nazari
Timetable: ELEC5509 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Tutorials provide the opportunity for students to get more specific knowledge on a particular technology. The students will also be asked to do some research and present their ideas in order to find a good practice environment for research opportunities in the future and to learn how to present their ideas to other people.

Consultation Times: Wednesdays 12pm-2pm

Instructors and Tutors will be available at all times to answer your inquiries, particular question on the topics, your comment and feedback on how to improve any component of the unit. You can come directly to our office or send us an email.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Apply acquired knowledge to real situations by selecting the appropriate technology to address the specific need. Hence, understand the merits and limitations of specific communication systems. Design (Level 4)
Develop knowledge in advanced and modern mobile communications systems. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Students will get sufficient knowledge about the existing technologies for mobile Internet and will also achieve substantial knowledge for designing new elements suitable and required the next generation networks. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Present and demonstrate developed ideas on modern communication systems to technical and non-technical audiences in a clear and concise manner. Communication (Level 2)
Have the ability to use appropriate technology to develop communication systems addressing specific needs. Professional Conduct (Level 2)
To participate in a group research work which includes project management and teamwork in addition to presentation of the work and reporting. Project and Team Skills (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 4)
1. Ability to design new elements for the next generation of networks by undertaking investigation and knowledge development in often ill-defined problems using technical principles and methodologies developed as stepping stones.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
2. Ability to analyse the new developments in the field of mobile communications and mobile Internet.
3. Proficiency in assessing new developments in the field of mobile communications and internet using principles, techniques and tools developed throughout the course.
4. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of existing technologies for mobile Internet and how they can be used, optimized, and enhanced for practical situations using concepts and techniques presented.
Communication (Level 2)
5. Ability to present technical material clearly and concisely in terms that are adequate for the expected level of understanding of the audience using varied media tools and aids.
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
6. Ability to work in a team, assume diverse roles and responsibilities, show initiative and leadership, as well as receptiveness to various contributions and viewpoints to reach a multilateral consensus in the approach and results of projects.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1,
2 Project Yes 25.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3, 4,
3 Final Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 5,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Tutorial Assignments

All students are required to prepare a report that includes the answers to the questions set for the week on the day of tutorial. Students are required to attend the tutorial session and to participate in the discussions. Reports without attendance won’t be accepted.

Project: Group Research Assignment.

During semester students will be asked to do some literature survey and summarize their finding in the form of written reports and PowerPoint presentation. This will be counted as 25% of the overall semester mark.

Final Exam: A two-hour exam at the end of semester will be count as 60% of the semester mark.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: eLearning Blackboard: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 1. Introduction to mobile networks
Week 2 2. Review of first cellular data networks
Week 3 3. Review of mobile cellular networks
Week 4 4. Architectural redesign of mobile networks
Week 5 5. Quality of service in mobile networks
Week 6 6. Voice over IP in fixed and mobile networks
Week 7 6. Voice over IP in fixed and mobile networks
Week 8 6. Voice over IP in fixed and mobile networks
Week 9 7. Security in mobile networks
Week 10 8. Transport protocols for mobile networks
Week 11 9. Traffic modeling and management for mobile networks
Week 12 10. Network protocols for mobile networks
Week 13 11. Emerging mobile network technologies
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Engineering (Network) 2012
Master of Engineering (Wireless) 2012
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) 2013, 2014
Computer Engineering 2010
Electrical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Bioelectronics) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Law 2012
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014, 2011
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical 2015
Software 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications 2010
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Information Technology (Information Systems)/Arts 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology 2015
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management 2015
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology 2015
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management 2015
Graduate Certificate in Engineering 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Engineering (Electrical) 2011, 2012
Master of Engineering (Power) 2011, 2012
Master of Information Technology 2015
Master of Information Technology Management 2015
Master of IT/Master of IT Management 2015 2015
Master of Information Technology (till 2014) 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Network) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering) 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Wireless) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 15%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 25%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 0%
Information Seeking (Level 2) No 0%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 60%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) Yes 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.