NWEN404 (2019) - Mobile Computing


The course introduces the fundamental topics of Mobile Computing. In particular, the course will emphasise the network and transport layers of wireless communication protocols and network infrastructure suitable for mobile personal systems (e.g. GSM, 3G, Mobile IP, etc). Key issues of mobility and disconnected operation with respect to mobile computing systems and quality of service issues in mobile personal systems will be covered and how applications handle node mobility and wireless communications will be explored.

Course learning objectives

Students who pass this course should be able to:

  1. Know how networks track mobile users and devices, i.e. the mobility management function of current and emerging networks, and be able to analyze and compare the degree of granularity in which mobile user/device tracking is done; (BE graduate attributes 3(a), 3(b))
  2. Be able to apply the knowledge they have acquired to the design, implementation and validation of mobility management components as part of a larger system; (BE graduate attributes 3(a), 3(b), 3(c), 3(d))
  3. Be able to apply the knowledge to the operation, deployment and management of mobile/wireless communications networks and relate to other relevant technologies, e.g. location and positioning; (BE graduate attributes 3(c), 3(d), 3(e), 3(f))
  4. Be aware of standardization efforts and state-of-the-art research areas being pursued by academia and industry; (BE graduate attributes 3(d))
  5. Be able to communicate mobility management and related issues, problems and solutions clearly and concisely. (BE graduate attributes 2(b))

Withdrawal from Course

Withdrawal dates and process:


Winston Seah (Coordinator)

Teaching Format

During the trimester there will be two lectures and one tutorial per week.

Student feedback

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Dates (trimester, teaching & break dates)

  • Teaching: 04 March 2019 - 09 June 2019
  • Break: 15 April 2019 - 28 April 2019
  • Study period: 10 June 2019 - 13 June 2019
  • Exam period: 14 June 2019 - 29 June 2019

Class Times and Room Numbers

04 March 2019 - 14 April 2019

  • Tuesday 14:10 - 15:00 – 105, Von Zedlitz, Kelburn
  • Wednesday 14:10 - 15:00 – 105, Von Zedlitz, Kelburn
  • Thursday 14:10 - 15:00 – 105, Von Zedlitz, Kelburn
29 April 2019 - 09 June 2019

  • Tuesday 14:10 - 15:00 – 105, Von Zedlitz, Kelburn
  • Wednesday 14:10 - 15:00 – 105, Von Zedlitz, Kelburn
  • Thursday 14:10 - 15:00 – 105, Von Zedlitz, Kelburn


There are no required texts for this offering.

Mandatory Course Requirements

In addition to achieving an overall pass mark of at least 50%, students must:

  • attempt the term test and gain at least a C- grade.
  • submit the term paper according to the stated procedure.
  • attempt the project and submit the project report.

If you believe that exceptional circumstances may prevent you from meeting the mandatory course requirements, contact the Course Coordinator for advice as soon as possible.


This course will be assessed through the following assessment:

Assessment ItemDue Date or Test DateCLO(s)Percentage
ProjectCLO: 2,3,4,540%
Term PaperCLO: 1,2,4,540%
Term TestCLO: 1,4,520%


For every day late, 20% of marks obtained for the assignment/task/project will be deducted. All assignments are compulsory and students must submit a reasonable attempt. Cutoff date for submission of all term papers and project reports -- not later than 1 week after set deadline. No submission will be accepted after this deadline.


Requests for extension of deadline(s) must be made in writing (email) to the course coordinator, attaching any supporting document e.g. medical certificates.

Submission & Return

All work is submitted through the ECS submission system, accessible through the course web pages. Marks and comments will be returned through the ECS marking system, also available through the course web pages.

Marking Criteria

As specified in the assignment handouts.

Peer Assessment

There will be no peer assessment. However, students will be asked to review their peers' term papers and provide feedback. Marks will be awarded for the peer review, as specified in the assignment handout.

Required Equipment

Please refer to the ECS Wiki page for NWEN 404 at https://ecs.victoria.ac.nz/Courses/NWEN404_2019T1/.


In order to maintain satisfactory progress in NWEN 404, you should plan to spend an average of 10~12 hours per week on this paper. A plausible and approximate breakdown for these hours would be:

  • Lectures and tutorials: 3
  • Readings: 2~3
  • Assignments: 5~6

Teaching Plan

See: https://ecs.victoria.ac.nz/Courses/NWEN404_2019T1/LectureSchedule

Communication of Additional Information

Please refer to the ECS Wiki page for NWEN 404 at https://ecs.victoria.ac.nz/Courses/NWEN404_2019T1/.

Offering CRN: 18605

Points: 15
Prerequisites: NWEN 302 and 30 further 300-level pts from (COMP, ECEN, NWEN, SWEN)
Duration: 04 March 2019 - 30 June 2019
Starts: Trimester 1
Campus: Kelburn