FIT5046 - Mobile and distributed computing systems - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Pari Delir Haghighi

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (Evening)


((FIT9131 or FIT5131 or FIT9017) and (FIT9134 or FIT5134 or FIT9018) and (FIT9135 or FIT5135 or FIT9020)) or equivalent

Prerequisite knowledge includes advanced programming skills, sound knowledge of Java, and basic/advanced knowledge of SQL.




This unit provides a high level coverage of mobile and distributed computing. It will focus on the underlying concepts and standards of mobile computing and current technologies for mobile and distributed systems. It will discuss cellular networks, wireless networks and their standards and technologies, context-aware computing, location-awareness, wireless sensor networks, internet mobility, web services and service-oriented technology, cloud computing and current research trends and case studies.


At the completion of this unit, students will:

  1. identify and describe different approaches and methods for building distributed and mobile computing systems;
  2. evaluate several models and approaches and select suitable mobile computing solution to a particular case;
  3. propose and develop a mobile or distributed system that is appropriate to a problem domain;
  4. identify the current research directions in the field and their impacts.


Examination (2 hours): 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 of lectures
    • One 2-hour laboratory
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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