ELEC5514: Networked Embedded Systems (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ELEC5514: Networked Embedded Systems (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Lin, Zihuai
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aim to teach the fundamentals concepts associated with:

• Networked Embedded Systems, wireless sensor networks

• Wireless channel propagation and radio power consumption

• Wireless networks, ZigBee, Bluetooth, etc.

• Sensor principle, data fusion, source detection and identification

• Multiple source detection, multiple access communications.

• Network topology, routing, network information theory

• Distributed source channel coding for sensor networks

• Power-aware and energy-aware communication protocols.

• Distributed embedded systems problems such as time synchronization and node localization,

Exposure to several recently developed solutions to address problems in wireless sensor networks and ubiquitous computing giving them a well-rounded view of the state-of the-art in the networked embedded systems field.

Student involvement with projects will expose them to the usage of simulators and/or programming some types of networked embedded systems platforms.

• Ability to identify the main issues and trade-offs in networked embedded systems.

• Understanding of the state-of-the-art solutions in the area

• Based on the above understanding, ability to analyze requirements and devise first-order solutions for particular networked embedded systems problems.

• Familiarization with a simulator platform and real hardware platforms for network embedded systems through the students involvement in projects.
Assumed Knowledge: ELEC3305 AND ELEC3506 AND ELEC3607 AND ELEC5508.
Lecturer/s: Dr Lin, Zihuai
Timetable: ELEC5514 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 13
2 Laboratory 2.00 13

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
This is an ability to apply learned knowledge on the science and engineering problem. The students are required to select the research projects and research topics among several given topics and learn how to solve the problems by themselves. Design (Level 4)
This is an ability to understand the principles of the wireless sensor networks and network embedded systems. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
The course requires intensive research for both the project and the home assignment. The students need to obtain comprehensive information from various source in order to perform well. Information Seeking (Level 2)
Home assignment requires students to write a report on some specific topics in the field of wireless sensor network, Students need to write clearly, accurate and convincingly. Project report is also needed to access the project work, Each project team is also required to give an oral presentation of the project at the end of semester. Communication (Level 2)
Both the home assignment and the projects are group based work. The students are required to work in a group. 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 a small scale wireless network using a systematic approach based on knowledge acquired and with the purpose of solving a clearly defined problem.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
2. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of topics in wireless sensor networks using principles developed.
3. Proficiency in assessing and debugging wireless sensor networks and other system problems, using concepts and techniques developed throughout the course.
Information Seeking (Level 2)
4. Proficiency in undertaking knowledge development, drawing on various sources and demonstrating the capacity to synthesise complex and at times contradictory information for the specific engineering projects assigned.
Communication (Level 2)
5. Ability to write reports and make presentations to deliver technical and often complex material in clear and concise terms on specific engineering topics.
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
6. Ability to assume diverse team roles with the purpose of working with a research paper on a specific topic in a group. Hence the ability to exercise leadership, negotiation and receptiveness skills as a means to better draw out the knowledge and ability of other team members concomitant to one's own input.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 10.00 Week 12 2, 3, 5, 6,
2 Lab Work Yes 40.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6,
3 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 2, 3, 4, 5,
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.
  • Principle of Embedded Network Design

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 Introduction in Networked Embedded Systems What is a NES? Examples and applications
Week 2 Network embedded systems: fundmental
Week 3 Sensor principle plus digital communications
Week 4 Digital Comm., bluetooth, ZigBee
Week 5 Networking
Week 6 Distributed source coding for wireless sensor network
Week 7 MAC issues with Wireless Sensor Networks
Week 8 MAC issues with Body Area Netowrks
Week 9 Routing for Wireless sensor Networks
Week 10 Programming NES. Programming paradigms, challenges
Week 11 Node architecture and generic problems in WSN
Week 12 synchronization
localization and time
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 13 Course review
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
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Law 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Arts 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Commerce 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Medical Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Project Management 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Information Technology Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Biomedical - Mechanical Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Biomedical - Mechatronics Major 2013, 2014, 2015
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
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
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
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical /Science 2015
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2015
Electrical / Arts 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Arts 2015
Electrical (Power) / Arts 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Arts 2015
Software 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software / Arts 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 Engineering 2011, 2012
Master of Engineering 2014, 2015
Master of Engineering (Electrical) 2011, 2012
Master of Engineering (Power) 2011, 2012
Master of Engineering (Wireless) 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Network) 2010, 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering) 2013, 2014, 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 8%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 46%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 0%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 12.5%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 23%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 10.5%

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.