- 2017



Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Information Technology


South Africa

The mobile communications major specialises in mobile-specific concepts, practices and skills. The range of topics covered include: mobile operating systems, mobile networks, mobile data management, mobile programming, mobile HCI, mobile applications, as well as the Internet-of-Things. The convergence of pervasive and ubiquitous technologies with the ability of mobile devices to handle several protocols, results in specific design challenges that require an in-depth understanding of the field of mobile systems.

The main purpose of this major is to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to build efficient mobile systems and applications. Graduates will be prepared to build user-friendly mobile applications for different mobile operating systems, manage client- and server-side content and data, as well as manage ubiquitous and seamless integration of different network types for mobile devices. The integration with the Internet-of-Things will be covered.


Mobile communications is listed in the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in South Africa as a major.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  • design, implement and maintain mobile systems, including mobile applications, mobile data, mobile networks and the Internet-of-Things.


Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the major and at least 18 points must be at level 3.

Students complete:

  1. The following units (36 points):
    • FIT1047 Introduction to computer systems, networks and security
    • FIT1044 Mobile communications 1
    • FIT2089 Mobile networks
    • FIT2081 Mobile application development
    • FIT3160 Mobile data management
    • FIT3167 Mobile communications 2
  2. And two units (12 points) from:

Relevant courses

Successful completion of the major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:

  • 4307 Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the major by using 48 points of their free electives.