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Teaching and learning method

Teaching approach

Timetable information

For information on timetabling for on-campus classes please refer to MUTTS, http://mutts.monash.edu.au/MUTTS/

Tutorial allocation

On-campus students should register for tutorials/laboratories using the Allocate+ system: http://allocate.its.monash.edu.au/

Unit Schedule

Week Date* Topic Key dates
1 01/03/10 Introduction to distributed and mobile computing. 03/03/2010
2 08/03/10 Enabling wireless technologies and networks Part 1. Location management. 10/03/2010
3 15/03/10 Enabling wireless technologies and networks Part 2. Wireless LANs. IEEE 802.11 17/03/2010
4 22/03/10 Enabling wireless technologies and networks Part 3. Bluetooth, WiMax, WAP, MIP, GPRS 24/03/2010
5 29/03/10 Transaction management 31/03/2010
Mid semester break
6 12/04/10 Operating systems; File Systems 14/04/2010
7 19/04/10 Reliability & fault-tolerance in MDCS 21/04/2010
8 26/04/10 Internet mobility and Mobile IP. 28/04/2010
9 03/05/10 Sensor networks and RFID technology 05/05/2010
10 10/05/10 Mobile agent technology 12/05/2010
11 17/05/10 Security & protection in MDCS 19/05/2010
12 24/05/10 Research trends Part 1. Context awareness. Pervasive computing. 26/05/2010
13 31/05/10 Research trends Part 2. Context awareness. Pervasive computing. 02/06/2010

*Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

Unit Resources

Prescribed text(s) and readings

Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

Recommended text(s) and readings

Equipment and consumables required or provided

Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the Faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to n hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Study resources

Study resources we will provide for your study are:

my.monash.edu.au unit website, will have unit book, lecture notes, tutorial questions and assignments.



Research paper and literature survey: 50%; Oral presentation:15%; Practical work: 35%

Faculty assessment policy

To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit.

In addition to the faculty assessment policy , to pass the unit  a student must obtain

40% or more in the assignment 1.

Assignment tasks

Assignment coversheets

Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

Assignment submission and return procedures, and assessment criteria will be specified with each assignment.

  • Assignment task 1
    Assignment 1
    Research paper and literature survey
    Due date:
    Wednesday, 14 April, 2010
  • Assignment task 2
    Presentation of the research paper
    Due date:
    Weeks 7 - 9
  • Assignment task 3
    Assignment 2
    Practical Assignement
    Due date:
    weeks 11-13
  • Assignment task 4
    Regular tutorial work
    Due date:
    Throughout the semester
    Please refer to MUSO blackboard for due dates of each tutorial.
  • Assignment task 5
    Group Presentation
    presentation on a futuristic pervasive application
    Due date:
    Week 12-13

Due dates and extensions

Please make every effort to submit work by the due dates. It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are not regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. Students are advised to NOT assume that granting of an extension is a matter of course.

Students requesting an extension for any assessment during semester (eg. Assignments, tests or presentations) are required to submit a Special Consideration application form (in-semester exam/assessment task), along with original copies of supporting documentation, directly to their lecturer within two working days before the assessment submission deadline. Lecturers will provide specific outcomes directly to students via email within 2 working days. The lecturer reserves the right to refuse late applications.

A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Refer to the Faculty Special consideration webpage or further details and to access application forms: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/equity/special-consideration.html

Late assignment

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 5% per day, including weekends. Assignments received later than one week (seven days) after the due date will not normally be accepted.

Return dates

Students can expect assignments to be returned within two weeks of the submission date or after receipt, whichever is later.


Please visit the following URL: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/units/appendix.html for further information about:

  • Continuous improvement
  • Unit evaluations
  • Communication, participation and feedback
  • Library access
  • Monash University Studies Online (MUSO)
  • Plagiarism, cheating and collusion
  • Register of counselling about plagiarism
  • Non-discriminatory language
  • Students with disability
  • End of semester special consideration / deferred exams
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