FIT2089 - Mobile networks - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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


Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Sheelagh Walton

Unit guides


South Africa

  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


FIT1044 and FIT1047


This unit will cover wireless network standards relevant for mobile devices, as well as the ubiquitous integration between different network types. This includes network architectures, operational techniques and functions of the infrastructural components used in these networks. Attention will be given to the Internet of Things, with specific reference to implementations in different kinds of organisations.


At the completion of this unit, students should:

  1. be able to explain the principles of wireless communication;
  2. understand the role of standardisation bodies for wireless communication;
  3. be able to explain how current wireless networking standards operate;
  4. be able to give a functional description of the components of current wireless networking standards;
  5. be able to describe the architecture and mechanism of current wireless networking standards;
  6. be able to explain the Internet of Things;
  7. appreciate and understand the relevance of each wireless network standard;
  8. be able to design and demonstrate how a wireless network can be applied to solve a real-life problem.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

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 lectures
    • Two hours tutorials
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of lecture time in order to satisfy the reading, tutorial, practical and assignment expectations.

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