University of Technology Sydney

32118 Mobile Communications and Computing

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UTS: Information Technology: Electrical and Data Engineering
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Recommended studies: basic understanding of networking and telecommunication concepts


This subject covers the development of the wireless network technology from cellular networks to IP wireless networks. The emphasis is on the concepts, infrastructure, and protocols for supporting device and user mobility. The subject also focuses on an assignment that goes into focus on a contemporary technology which a student group must manage to understand, explore and address with respect to class lessons and feedback to class.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Explain the limitations of fixed networks; the need and the trend toward mobility; the concepts portability and mobility.
2. Describe and analyse the network infrastructure requirements to support mobile devices and users.
3. Illustrate the concepts, techniques, protocols and architecture employed in wireless local area networks, cellular networks, and perform basic requirements analysis.
4. Apply techniques and current network technologies to the consideration of next generation technologies and how they fit into intended IoT networks from the edge through to cloud and why they will be important demonstrating and explaining their advantages in selected applications.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Socially Responsible: FEIT graduates identify, engage, and influence stakeholders, and apply expert judgment establishing and managing constraints, conflicts and uncertainties within a hazards and risk framework to define system requirements and interactivity. (B.1)
  • Design Oriented: FEIT graduates apply problem solving, design thinking and decision-making methodologies in new contexts or to novel problems, to explore, test, analyse and synthesise complex ideas, theories or concepts. (C.1)
  • Technically Proficient: FEIT graduates apply theoretical, conceptual, software and physical tools and advanced discipline knowledge to research, evaluate and predict future performance of systems characterised by complexity. (D.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Students enrolled in the Master of Professional Engineering should note that this subject contributes to the development of the following Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies:

  • 1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • 1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
  • 2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
  • 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  • 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
  • 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
  • 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Teaching and learning strategies

For the first 8 weeks: weekly integrated sessions that focus strongly on both individual and group collaborative interactions.

Students work in small groups that include problem solving periods. Groups are allocated problems which are posted on UTS Canvas at the end of each session. Students are requested to work on the allocated problem prior to the next class. In the following class, students are required to be ready to present their solutions for discussion. This is done on a rotation basis so that groups receive verbal feedback from the facilitator.

In-class quizzes are delivered for producing quick responses of in-time verbal feedback to further support learning. Students use this information as well gained knowledge throughout to guide their written group project proposal.

For the last 4 weeks: weekly 3 hour labs are provided for group design projects where each group collaboratively designs and presents the application to their class for peer evaluation and assessment. This process of communication and collaboration is integral to exercise innovation in selecting the best solution based on analysis of stakeholder needs.

Content (topics)

1. Introduction to Mobile Communications and Computing.

2. Fundamentals of wireless communications and medium access control protocols.

3. Introduction to cellular (2G-4G) mobile telecommunications systems.

4. Introduction to Wireless LAN (802.11), Wireless PAN (Bluetooth/Zigbee/RFID)

5. Mobile computing support: hardware, software and architectural support including Cloud, Software Defined Networks, Network Functions Virtualisation, and Internet of Things.

6. Issues in designing and implementing a mobile application for small devices.


Assessment task 1: Two quizzes


To provide students with feedback to gauge their performance up to this stage in the subject, identify any specific areas which need more work and give an indication of the level of difficulty of questions in the final test.


This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

C.1 and D.1

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%

Assessment task 2: Written essay


This assessment is designed to test students' knowledge in selecting and deploying appropriate technologies for their mobile application project. The assessment is also designed to address students’ writing and presentation skills in the form of a project proposal. The purpose is also to allow students to initiate their own innovative solution, analyse stakeholder needs and decide and select the best solution.


This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, C.1 and D.1

Type: Essay
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 20%

Assessment task 3: Design project


To develop project design skills in collaboration and to convincingly communicate and champion the outcome of the project to stakeholders.


This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, C.1 and D.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 50%

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.

Required texts

Materials (lecture notes and videos) relevant to the subject will be made available on the subject's UTS Canvas site.

Recommended texts

Beard, C, and Stallings W., Wireless Communication Networks and Systems, Global Edition, Pearson, 2016

Schiller, J., , Mobile Communications, 2nd Edition, Addison Wesley, 2003.

Ienewa, J. and Ciampa, M., Guide to Wireless Communications, Course Technology, 3rd Edition, 2013

Kurose J. F. and Ross, K. W., Computer Networking: a Top Down Approach, 5th Edition, Pearson, 2010

Other resources

Additional resources including IEEE, ACM research and review articles will be referenced as needed.