The University of Western Australia
School of Computer Science and Software Engineering

School of Computer Science and Software Engineering

CITS4419 Mobile and Wireless Computing


July 2016 Welcome to the Mobile and Wireless Computing unit for 2015. The first lecture for CITS4419 is on Tuesday 2nd August from 11am to 1pm in GGGL (Webb Lecture Theatre, Geography and Geology). Labs/tutorials start in week 4 in CSSE lab 2.03.


Wireless computing technologies are increasingly used to provide internet connectivity for portable handheld devices and laptop computers, to permit ad-hoc communication between these same devices, and to enable the monitoring and control of our environment from remote locations. The current growth in affordable wireless computing devices presents many exciting opportunities and challenges. This unit introduces a number topics fundamental to the study of mobile and wireless computing.

In 2016 the unit will focus on mobile adhoc networks, sensor networks, routing protocols and the technologies that support them.

Unit coordinator: Prof. Amitava Datta
Consultation:Thursdays 11am-12pm in CSSE Rm 1.07


Students must attend the two hour lecture on Tuesdays and the two-hour lab/tutorial on each week.
Note: There are no laboratory sessions in the first three weeks.

Type Time Day Location
Lecture 11 am to 1 pm Tuesday GGGL: Webb Lecture Theatre
Laboratory 3-5 Wednesday, 2.05, 12-2 Friday, 2.01 Wednesday, FridayCSSE:2.01 and 2.05


Students have a sound understanding of the scientific and engineering fundamentals of wireless adhoc networks and the opportunities they provides for a diverse range of computing applications. Students appreciate the professional and ethical responsibilities they hold in deploying and using wireless networks, and are aware of the growing role that wireless networks have in a global and societal context. The goal of the unit is to provide students with an opportunity to undertake problem identification, analysis and solution and to apply these skills to the field of wireless sensor network computing. The unit provides the foundation for development of in-depth competence in this field, and encourages lifelong learning as wireless computing becomes more pervasive.


The assessment for CITS4419 comprises two research essays or programming assignments and a group programming project. There is no final exam for this unit.

Assessment % of final mark Assessment Dates
Research Essay 1 25% 11:59 pm, September 25
Research Essay 2/Programming Assignment 25% week 11
Group Project 50% week 13