Curricular Unit:Code:
Mobile Networks and Services I834RSC1
Year:Level:Course:Credits:
1MasterComputer Systems Engineering (Mobile Computation)6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
Understand the particularities of data transmission in wireless networks by comparison with guided transmission medium networks. Analyze medium access protocols used in wireless networks. Study the operation of wireless networks normalized by the IEEE with an emphasis on IEEE 802.11 and 802.15. Plan, implement and monitor local wireless networks based on IEEE 802.11 architecture with advanced security mechanisms. Knowledge to design, implement and test wireless networks based on IEEE 802.15. Learn about the architecture and operation of the current generation of wireless telecommunication networks.
Syllabus:
Introduction. Wireless Transmission. Media access protocols. Wireless local area networks and personal area networks (IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15). Wireless Telecommunication networks (Cellular Networks).
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The syllabus presented is consistent with the learning objectives of the curricular unit since there is a large convergence between the table of contents and the knowledge that the student is supposed to acquire in each of the program topics. The fundamental concepts of wireless transmission are introduced in the first chapter. Multiplexing of terminals and medium access protocols are then analyzed. The main communication protocols standardized by IEEE for body, personal and local area networks are studied. Finally wireless telecommunications networks standards are presented (Cellular Networks). The learning objectives are achieved by supplementing the theoretical concepts with concrete examples run in lab environment using simulators and network equipment.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
The transmission of knowledge in this syllabus will be with theoretical oriented lectures and practical classes in laboratory environment. The lectures present the fundamental concepts for understanding the items of the program. In practical classes students are confronted with real problems that need solving eventually resorting to physical or virtual equipment (in the context of simulators) where suitable. The evaluation is decomposed into two components: the theoretical and the practical. In the first case the assessment results from one or more written tests applied during the semester on the subject that is being taught in the classroom. In the second case stems from practical work proposed by teachers and that are made and defended by students throughout the semester. Another parameter under consideration is the performance of the student in the classroom and their attendance during the academic period. The final grade is a combination of these three components.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The teaching/learning methodology applied in this curricular unit as well as its evaluation system is perfectly aligned with the objectives to be attained by the students at the end of the term. The theoretical concepts are presented, discussed, applied and evaluated in the context of lectures, which guarantees students a solid foundation to understand the challenges facing this area of knowledge. On the other hand, so that the study is not restricted to conceptual models, in the practical lessons are presented concrete case studies and implemented solutions for real problems using appropriate equipment and software tools. This combination guarantees training for students that allows them to meet the scientific goals, essential to a good understanding of the theme, as well as the ability to adapt to technological changes. The evaluation process consists of theoretical tests and practical work also guarantees a correct balance between the efforts dedicated to both components. The objective is to train professionals’ specialized in state-of-the-art techniques and tools but also ensure its ability to follow future developments. In this curriculum unit is studied the organization and operation of wireless communication networks. The program begins by addressing wireless transmission illustrating the features and limitations of this form of communication when compared with guided transmission. Then are studied the main communication protocols for wireless communication networks (body, personal, local and wide area wireless networks).
Reading:
[1] Cox, Christopher - An introduction to LTE, LTE-ADVANCED, SAE and 4G mobile communications – Wiley 2012
[2] Schiller, J. – Mobile Communications 2nd ed. – Addison Wesley 2003.
[3] A.S. Tanenbaum – Computer networks 5th ed. – Prentice Hall 2012.
[4] Andrea Goldsmith – Wireless Communications – Cambridge University Press, 2005