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FIT5187 Wireless networks - Semester 2, 2012

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.

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories and tutorials/wk


Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:

  • Lectures: 2 hours per week
  • Tutorials/Lab Sessions: 2 hours per week per tutorial
  • and up to an additional 8 hours in some weeks for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships


Fundamental knowledge of computer and communication systems

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Academic Overview


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
  • describe the basic characteristics of layered protocol networking model and wireless mobile systems;
  • understand architecture and signal characteristics of cellular communication systems;
  • understand physical and media access control layers used in wireless technologies for signal encoding, spread spectrum and error control;
  • understand architectures of: WiFi, WiMax, and advanced mobile networking systems like LTE as described in relevant standards;
  • understand concepts behind mesh networks analyse advance topics in wireless networking.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment - Research paper 20% Week 8
Practical work assignments 20% total (4% each) Weeks 2, 4, 6, 10, 11
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.


Our feedback to You

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Your feedback to Us

Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:

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Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

  • Wireshark, Packet Analysis Software freely available from http://www.wireshark.org/
  • inSSIDder, WiFi Analysis Software freely available from http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Overview of Wireless Networks  
2 Ethernet and TCP/IP protocols. Internet Practical work assignment
3 Electromagnetic waves and antennas  
4 Wireless LAN Technology Fundamentals Practical work assignment
5 Advanced Aspects of WLAN/WiFi Technology  
6 Physical Layer Fundamentals Practical work assignment
7 Cellular Wireless Networks. 3G technologies  
8 4G/LTE Networks Assignment - Research paper
9 WiMax Networks  
10 Mesh and ad hoc Networks Practical work assignment
11 Wireless Personal Area Networks Practical work assignment
12 Wireless Sensor Networks  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment - Research paper
    Investigate a paper selected from the journals listed below.
    Write a set of PowerPoint presentations that explains details of the findings/results of the paper.
    Present the paper and answer questions asked by the tutor and students.

    The list of journals available electronically through Monash Library:

        Wireless Networks, Springer
        IEEE Wireless Communications
        IEEE Communications Magazine
        IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
        IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
        Journal of Wireless Communications & Mobile Computing (WCMC)
        International Journal of Wireless Information Networks
        Mobile Computing and Communications Review
    Criteria for assessment:
    • Correctness and understanding - there may be more than one "right" answer in many cases.
    • Completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question.
    • Presentation - that you have presented your answers using the appropriate method.
    • Use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position by using logical argument.
    Due date:
    Week 8
  • Assessment task 2
    Practical work assignments
    Solve the problems set up in the tutorial and lab manuals.
    5 practical assignments worth 4 marks each.
    20% total (4% each)
    Criteria for assessment:
    • Correctness and understanding - there may be more than one "right" answer in many cases.
    • Completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question.
    • Presentation - that you have presented your answers using the appropriate method.
    • Use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position by using logical argument.
    Due date:
    Weeks 2, 4, 6, 10, 11


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Online submission

Use Moodle for all your online submissions.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information


Student services

The University provides many different kinds of support services for you. Contact your tutor if you need advice and see the range of services available at www.monash.edu.au/students. For Sunway see http://www.monash.edu.my/Student-services, and for South Africa see http://www.monash.ac.za/current/

The Monash University Library provides a range of services and resources that enable you to save time and be more effective in your learning and research. Go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au or the library tab in my.monash portal for more information. At Sunway, visit the Library and Learning Commons at http://www.lib.monash.edu.my/. At South Africa visit http://www.lib.monash.ac.za/.

Academic support services may be available for students who have a disability or medical condition. Registration with the Disability Liaison Unit is required. Further information is available as follows:

  • Website: http://monash.edu/equity-diversity/disability/index.html;
  • Email: dlu@monash.edu
  • Drop In: Equity and Diversity Centre, Level 1 Gallery Building (Building 55), Monash University, Clayton Campus, or Student Community Services Department, Level 2, Building 2, Monash University, Sunway Campus
  • Telephone: 03 9905 5704, or contact the Student Advisor, Student Commuity Services at 03 55146018 at Sunway
Last updated: 18 Jun 2012
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