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CSE5501 - Mobile and distributed computing systems

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader: Arkady Zaslavsky


Caulfield First semester 2008 (Evening)


Theoretical foundations of mobile computing systems, wireless networks, advanced mobile applications. Architectures of mobile distributed computing systems; wireless network classification and management; mobile distributed file systems; failure recovery, fault tolerance and reliability of mobile computing systems; replication in mobile distributed systems; case studies for distributed mobile database systems; mobile information systems; advanced mobile computing applications and the Internet; research trends; synchronisation and global time concepts; transaction management mechanisms for mobile computing.


This course will develop student knowledge of the approaches and methods for building distributed and mobile computing systems. On completing the course students will:

  1. be familiar with the currently available models, technologies for and approaches to building mobile and distributed computing systems;
  2. have developed practical skills in the use of these models and approaches, so that they will be able to select and apply the appropriate tools for a particular case;
  3. be aware of the current research directions in the field and their possible outcomes;
  4. be able to carry out research on a relevant topic, identify primary references, analyse them and come up with meaningful conclusions.


Paper on a research issue: 45%
Presentation of the paper: 10%
WLAN and sensor network research: 10%
Regular tutorial work: 35%

Contact hours

4 x contact hrs/week



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