FIT1044 - Mobile communications 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

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South Africa

  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit introduces the basic concepts and knowledge of mobile communication and mobile computing, and the principles of pervasive and ubiquitous computing. Mobiles in this unit does not only refer to phones, but to any connected artifact that is not fixed to a location. The Internet-of-Things is an important aspect. Themes covered include the evolution of wireless communication technology, and the nature and types of mobile devices and smart clients. Fundamental operational concepts of wireless communication, mobile data, mobile operating systems and mobile applications will be introduced. An overview of mobile standards and protocols will be covered, as well as an introduction to wireless languages.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. define and demonstrate the basic concepts of mobile communications;
  2. identify and describe the implications and evolution of wireless communication and pervasive and ubiquitous computing;
  3. identify, describe and illustrate the components and concepts of wireless communication technologies;
  4. identify, define and differentiate the operation and processes of wireless communication;
  5. differentiate, classify and distinguish between existing wireless network standards;
  6. identify, classify and distinguish between different types of mobile devices;
  7. identify, describe and illustrate the benefits and challenges of mobile communications e.g. propagation issues, interference, security etc;
  8. define and explain the use of data in mobile communications I;
  9. discriminate benefits and challenges relating to the storage of mobile data
  10. appraise social aspects of mobile communication;
  11. interpret and report on the impact of mobile communications.


Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours lectures
    • Two hours tutorials
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours of personal study in order to satisfy the reading, tutorial, practical and assignment expectations.

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