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Dr Iqbal Gondal
Senior Lecturer
Phone: +61 3 990 26669 +61 3 990 55203

Lecturer(s) / Leader(s):


Andrew P. Paplinski


Dr Iqbal Gondal
Senior Lecturer
Phone: +61 3 990 26669 +61 3 990 55203


Welcome to FIT5083, this unit presents advanced concepts of wireless networks and communication technologies.

Unit synopsis

This unit will cover wireless network technologies as well as fundamental data communication and network issues. Main topics will include: wireless communication technology, antenna and propagation for wireless systems, wireless networking, spread spectrum, cordless system, WiMax, Wi-Fi and IEEE 802.11 WLAN standards, wireless local area networks, wireless applications, mobile IP, WAP, Blue tooth and IEEE802.15. Unit will also cover advanced topics in wireless communications.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
  • describe the basic characteristics of OSI model and digital mobile systems;
  • be able to understand architecture and signal characteristics of cellular communication systems;
  • be able to understand wireless technolgoies for signal encoding, spread spectrum and error control;
  • be able to understand architectures of cordless, wireless local loop and mobile IP systemsl
  • be able to apply wireless local area network and bluetooth standardsl
  • analyse advance topics in communications.

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however, you should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

Unit relationships

Teaching and learning method

Teaching approach

Teaching material (except text book) will be made available from the my.monash.edu.au website.

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 19/07/10 Concepts of protocols and Wireless networks 20/07/2009
2 26/07/10 Communication networks 27/07/2009
3 02/08/10 Transport protocol and services – TCP /IP and UDP 03/08/2009
4 09/08/10 Wireless Network Architecture 10/08/2009
5 16/08/10 Wireless Signal 17/08/2009
6 23/08/10 Singal Encoding and Spread spectrum 24/8/2009
7 30/08/10 Coding and error control in Wireless systems 31/8/2009
8 06/09/10 Cordless systems and wireless local loop 7/9/2009
9 13/09/10 Mobile IP-based Network and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) 14/9/2009
10 20/09/10 Wireless LAN Technology 21/9/2009
Mid semester break
11 04/10/10 Bluetooth 5/10/2009
12 11/10/10 Advance topics: Multimedia communications 12/10/2009
13 18/10/10 Revision 19/10/2009

*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.

Improvements to this unit

Only one text book has been adopted and unit book is redesigned to give more focus on wireless concepts.

Unit Resources

Prescribed text(s) and readings

William Stallings and Wireless Communications and Networks, 2nd edition, Pearson Education, 2005, 

Recommended text(s) and readings

Research articles on wireless networks

Required software and/or hardware

Wireshark. The packet analysis program. 

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 3 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



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

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.

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 submission and preparation requirements will be detailed in each assignment specification. Submission must be made by the due date otherwise penalties will be enforced. You must negotiate any extensions formally with your campus unit leader via the in-semester special consideration process: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/equity/special-consideration.html.

  • Assignment task 1
    Assignment 1
    This assignment will test concepts of layers, TCP/IP, wireless communications.
    Criteria for assessment:
    Student must achieve 50% to pass the assignment.
    Due date:
    week 6
  • Assignment task 2
    Assignment 2
    This assignment will test concepts of wireless technologies, applications and WLAN.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Students should get minmum 50% marks to pass the assignment.

    Due date:
    week 11


  • Weighting:
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
See Appendix for End of semester special consideration / deferred exams process.

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. In some cases, this period may be shorter if there is a need to release sample solutions.

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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