Mobile Communications

Unit code: COMP61242
Credit Rating: 15
Unit level: Level 6
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by School of Computer Science
Available as a free choice unit?: Y



Additional Requirements


Basic mathematics


Understanding of concepts underlying current developments in mobile communications and wireless computer networks.

Teaching and learning methods


1 day per week (5 weeks)

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are detailed on the COMP61242 course unit syllabus page on the School of Computer Science's website for current students.

Assessment methods

  • Written exam - 50%
  • Written assignment (inc essay) - 50%


  • Introduction to wireless networking & mobile communications.
  • Protocols supporting mobility.
  • Application layer issues: multimedia, VoIP & VoWLAN.
  • Network & transport layer issues: Mobile-IP & Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). Mobile-TCP, indirect-TCP & Wireless Application Protocol (WAP).
  • Security in mobile computing.
  • Medium Access Control (MAC) issues: MAC protocols for digital cellular systems such as GSM & wireless LANs. Near-far effect. Hidden and exposed terminals. Collision avoidance (RTS-CTS) protocols.
  • Error control in data-link layer.
  • Digital modulation & transmission
  • Radio propagation & antennae

Recommended reading

COMP61242 reading list can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.

Study hours

  • Lectures - 35 hours
  • Independent study hours - 66 hours

Teaching staff

Nicholas Filer - Unit coordinator

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