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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2011 (Day)


This unit will review the basic concepts of networking technologies and analyse technological aspects of the wireless network. Main topics will include: antenna and propagation for wireless systems, fundamentals of physical layers used in wireless networks, wireless local area networks (WLAN/WiFi), WiMax systems, mobile network technologies (3G and LTE), mesh networks. The unit will also cover advanced topics in wireless networking.

  • IEEE standards: 802.11, 802.16, 802.15
  • ITU-T LTE standards


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • describe the basic characteristics of layered protocol networking model and wireless mobile systems;
  • understand architecture and signal characteristics of cellular communication systems;
  • understand physical and media access control layers used in wireless technologies for signal encoding, spread spectrum and error control;
  • understand architectures of: WiFi, WiMax, and advanced mobile networking systems like LTE as described in relevant standards;
  • understand concepts behind mesh networks;
  • analyse advanced topics in wireless networking.


Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Andrew Paplinski

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


CPE4002, CSE4882, GCO4824, CSE5807

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