Module Title:   Mobile and Wireless Communications

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   CM-0432D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   SCIM (Dept of Computer Science)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Prof RE Sheriff

Additional Tutor(s):   Prof Y.F. Hu

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide: a broad understanding of the principles of mobile communications; an overview of the mobile communications systems that operate today in the UK; A detailed knowledge base for the networking functions and principles together with their associated protocol operations in mobile and wireless communications systems; a detailed knowledge base for the various advanced networking protocols used in communication networks; and to introduce the concepts of computer networks and the Internet.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The teaching strategy will revolve round formal lectures on the theory and practice of the subject. Seminars will be used to re-enforce and broaden the ideas and themes developed through the lectures by introducing contemporary technologies in the context of the mobile and wireless communications industry. You will be supplied with regular tutorial exercises, whereby theoretical, critical analysis and design skills will be developed. Oral feedback is given during tutorial sessions. You will be encouraged to make use of appropriate web site material to further enhance your awareness and understanding of the subject. The ability to deal systematically with complex issues, perform critical analysis and demonstrate design skills will be assessed by examination and coursework. Supplementary assessment will be as original.

Lectures:   26.00          Directed Study:   152.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   18.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   4.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

master the evolution and latest developments in mobile and wireless communications systems; critically evaluate and review the underlying concepts behind existing and emerging mobile and wireless networks; describe the standardisation processes in relevant bodies; demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of advanced protocols used for Transport Layer, multicasting as well as Medium Access Control and ad-hoc routing protocols for sensor networks; demonstrate advanced knowledge of protocols to design efficient computer networks; specify different protocols to provide various network services.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate mastery of skills required to design, specify and evaluate the performance of networking functions and their associated algorithms and protocols for mobile and wireless communications networks.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills and the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

  Classroom test 2.00 50%
  MCQ Class test
  Examination - closed book 2.00 50%
  Examination Closed Book 2 hours

Outline Syllabus:
Introduction to mobile systems: How mobile communications work. Global take-up characteristics. Cellular coverage; reuse frequency. Second Generation Mobile Communications: System aspects of legacy mobile communications systems: 2G (GSM - Global Systems for Mobile Communications). Evolved-Second Generation Mobile Communications Systems: 2.5G General Packet Radio Service(GPRS), High Speed Circuit-Switched Data (HSCSD) Enhanced Data rate for GSM Evolution (EDGE). Third-Generation Mobile Communications: 3G (UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA), GERAN and UTRAN. Fourth-Generation Mobile Communications: Long Term Evolution (LTE). Communication Management: Multimedia Service Support, VoIP, Call Control Protocols including SIP and H.323. Mobility Management: Personal and Terminal Mobility, Location Management, Handover Management. Mobile Communications and the Environment: How mobile communications is evolving towards a more environmentally, sustainable industry. Quality of Service (QoS) Protocols - TCP, Reliability at transport layer. Flow control, congestion control. Media Access Control (MAC) protocols. IP Multicast protocols (IGMP, MLD, PIM, DVMRP).

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