Course Title: Mobile and Wireless Computing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mobile and Wireless Computing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


140H Computer Science & Information Technology


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011


City Campus


140H Computer Science & Information Technology


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Peter Bertok

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1851

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.11.20

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You may not enrol in this course unless it is explicitly listed in your enrolment program summary, and you have confirmed with your program coordinator that it is an appropriate choice for your study plan.

Course Description

The course is to teach one of the newest and fastest developing fields in the discipline, mobile and wireless computing. Employers expect students graduating from our programs to be familiar with the topic, as significant application developments are anticipated and have already started in this field.

The course is an introduction to mobile and wireless computing. It discusses the basic principles and technologies in mobile and wireless computing. The course assumes a general knowledge of computer communications, and the assignments will need programming skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will:

  • acquire solid knowledge on mobile networks and mobile computing
  • acquire experience and capability to team work
  • become familiar with mobile game development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • apply advanced data communicating methods and networking protocols for wireless and mobile environments
  • utilize and employ application frameworks for developing mobile applications including under disconnected and weakly connected environment
  • create web sites suitable for mobile environments
  • select components and networks for particular application
  • creatively analyze mobile and wireless networks
  • critically analyse security issues of mobile and wireless computing systems
  • design and implement simple mobile games


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities include:

  • Face-to-face lectures, to present new material and emphasize a basic understanding of principles and approaches;
  • Tutorial work, to review and reinforce material covered in lectures work;
  • Laboratory work, to familiarize you with mobile and wireless computing application software and implement mobility algorithms.

Syllabus material will be presented, explained and illustrated with demonstrations and examples in lectures, classes, or online. Completion of tutorial questions and laboratory programming exercises and projects, are designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on your progress and understanding. Private study will consolidate your understanding of the theory and practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

The lecturers will provide details regarding prescribed textbooks and recommend reference books for this course. You are also expected to read other material including documents, articles, and reference publications that will either be provided during the lecture, or through references during learning activities or through other course communication mechanisms such as the course newsgroup.
You are required to read the course newsgroup regularly for the latest notice.

You will make extensive use of computer laboratories and relevant software provided by the School. You will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT) and may be provided with copies of additional materials in class or via email. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Use the RMIT Bookshop’s textbook list search page to find any recommended textbook(s). 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of:

  • Assignments on mobile& wireless networks and mobile applications
  • A written examination

Your capabilities to analyse and design mobile and wireless computing systems in a systematically way will be developed through this assessment.

For standard assessment details, including deadlines, weightings, and hurdle requirements relating to Computer Science and IT courses see: