FIT5187 - Wireless networks - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Assoc Professor Vincent Lee

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Fundamental knowledge of computer and communication systems


This unit is only available to students enrolled in the double award Master International/Master of Information Technology Systems with South East University, China


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. Unit will also cover advanced topics in wireless networking.


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

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


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/tutorial
  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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