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Monash University

FIT5083 Wireless networks - Semester 1, 2013

This unit will review the basic concepts of networking technologies and analyse technological aspects of the wireless network. Main topics will include: antenna and propagation for wireless systems, fundamentals of physical layers used in wireless networks, wireless local area networks (WLAN/WiFi), WiMax systems, mobile network technologies (3G and LTE), mesh networks. The unit will also cover advanced topics in wireless networking.

  • IEEE standards: 802.11, 802.16, 802.15
  • ITU-T LTE standards

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload requirements

Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:

  • Lectures: 2 hours per week
  • Tutorials/Lab Sessions: 2 hours per week per tutorial
  • and up to an additional 8 hours in some weeks for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships


CPE4002, CSE4882, GCO4824, CSE5807

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Phu Dung Le

Consultation hours: Thursday 3pm-5pm



Guy Kijthaweesinpoon

Consultation hours: TBA

Minh Vuong

Consultation hours: TBA

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
  • describe the basic characteristics of layered protocol networking model and wireless mobile systems;
  • understand architecture and signal characteristics of cellular communication systems;
  • understand physical and media access control layers used in wireless technologies for signal encoding, spread spectrum and error control;
  • understand architectures of: WiFi, WiMax, and advanced mobile networking systems like LTE as described in relevant standards;
  • understand concepts behind mesh networks;
  • analyse advanced topics in wireless networking.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Wired networks with TCP/IP and Introduction to wireless networks  
2 Wireless networks architectures and communications  
3 Wireless networks architectures and communications (continued)  
4 Wireless LANs and 802.11 standards  
5 Wireless WANs with WiMAX  
6 Wireless Networks Services and Applications  
7 Wireless Networks Services and Applications (continued) Assignment 1 due 4pm Friday
8 Wireless Networks and Security Wireless  
9 Wireless Network: Design and Implementation  
10 Ad hoc networks (Wireless Sensor Networks, etc)  
11 Case studies on Wireless Networks Assignment 2 due 4pm Friday
12 Revision  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Assessment Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 20% 4pm Friday Week 7
Assignment 2 20% 4pm Friday Week 11
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1
    1. Research on wired and wireless networks: architectures, protocols, topologies, communications and services.
    2. Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of the Monash network. 
    3. Present your work in a report and at the interview with your tutor.
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Correctness and understanding 
    2. Completeness 
    3. Presentation and interview
    Due date:
    4pm Friday Week 7
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2
    1. Carry out your research and practical study on wireless networks in depth.
    2. Practically identify two wireless network vulnerabilities at any layer and setup possible attacks on those two vulnerabilities. 
    3. Present your work in a report and demonstrate your practical work to your tutor.
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Correctness and understanding 
    2. Completeness 
    3. Presentation, demonstration and interview
    Due date:
    4pm Friday Week 11


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

  • Wireshark, Packet Analysis Software freely available from http://www.wireshark.org/
  • inSSIDder, WiFi Analysis Software freely available from http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/

Recommended text(s)

Stallings, W. (2004). Wireless Communications & Networks. (2nd Edition) Prentice Hall.

Other Information


Graduate Attributes Policy

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

Your feedback to Us

Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Based on student feedback only one text book has been adopted this semester and the unit has been redesigned to give more focus on wireless concepts.

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