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Course details 2012-2013  
Mobile and wireless networks
Course Code :2001WETMWN
Study domain:Computer Science
Semester:Semester: 1st semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction :English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Chris Blondia


1. Prerequisites

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:
Specific prerequisites for this course:
The student has a profound knowledge of layered architecture of communication systems. The student has an overview of the most important protocols of each layer, such as ethernet, IP, TCP, IEEE802.11, ... Moreover the student has a rather complete overview of legacy communications systems

2. Learning outcomes

The student has a good insight in the most important characteristics of the PHY, MAC, network and transport layer in wireless and mobile networks. Moreover, the student has a good overview of wireless and mobile networks in use and to be in use in the near future, in the area of public cellular networks, wireless LAN, wireless personal networks, ad hoc networks and sensor networks.

These learning outcomes correspond with the following general learning outcomes for Master in the computer science:
- Analysis and design of large computer science projects: the student has the ability to divide a large problem into smaller problems and to devise a solution for each of these sub-problems
- The student is able to select techniques, methods and architectures for the problem at hand, taking into account
the specific characteristics of the system under study.

3. Course contents

This course consists of two parts. In a first part, important characteristics of the PHY, MAC, network and transport layer of wireless and mobile networks are considered. In addition a number of important protocols for each of these layers are studied. In a second part mobile and wireless networks are discussed. The following systems are studied: cellular networks: UMTS, LTE, TETRA; wireless personal area networks: bluetooth, zigbee; Wireless LAN: WiFi; Wireless MAN: WiMAX; sensornetworks, ad hoc networks.

4. Teaching method

Class contact teaching:
  • Lectures

  • Personal work:
  • Assignments:Individually

  • 5. Assessment method and criteria

  • Written without oral presentation
  • Open book
  • Open-question

  • 6. Study material

    Required reading

    Slides are available on

    Optional reading

    The following study material can be studied on a voluntary basis:
    J.Schiller, "Mobile Communications", Addisson-Wesley W. Stallings, "Wireless Communications and Networks", Prentice Hall

    7. Contact information
    Prof. Dr. C. Blondia
    (+)last update: 12/10/2011 11:03 chris.blondia