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ELEC5509: Mobile Networks

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study serves as an introduction to communications network research. The unit relies on a solid understanding of data communications and mobile networks. It introduces some of the currently most debated research topics in mobile networking and presents an overview of different technical solutions. Students are expected to critically evaluate these solutions in their context and produce an objective analysis of the advantages/disadvantages of the different research proposals. The general areas covered are wireless Internet, mobility management, quality of service in mobile and IP networks, ad hoc networks, and cellular network architectures. The following topics are covered. Introduction to wireless and mobile Internet. Wireless cellular data networks. Cellular mobile networks. Mobile networks of the future. Quality of service in a mobile environment. Traffic modelling for wireless Internet. Traffic management for wireless Internet. Mobility management in mobile networks. Transport protocols for mobile networks. Internet protocols for mobile networks.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ELEC5509
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

ELEC3505 AND ELEC3506. Basically, students need to know the concepts of data communications and mobile communications, which could be gained in one the following units of study: ELEC3505 Communications, ELEC3506 Data Communications and the Internet, or similar units. If you are not sure, please contact the instructor.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Abbas Jamalipour,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam Final Exam
60% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Project
25% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Participation Tutorials
15% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Assignment: All students are required to prepare a report that includes the answers to the questions set for the week on the day of tutorial. Students are required to attend the tutorial session and to participate in the discussions. Reports without attendance won’t be accepted.
  • Project: During semester students will be asked to do some literature survey and summarize their finding in the form of written reports and PowerPoint presentation.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to mobile networks Online class (4 hr)  
Week 02 Review of first cellular data networks Online class (4 hr)  
Week 03 Review of mobile cellular networks Online class (4 hr)  
Week 04 Review of mobile cellular networks Online class (4 hr)  
Week 05 Quality of service in mobile networks Online class (4 hr)  
Week 06 Voice over IP in fixed and mobile networks Online class (4 hr)  
Week 07 Voice over IP in fixed and mobile networks Online class (4 hr)  
Week 08 Voice over IP in fixed and mobile networks Online class (4 hr)  
Week 09 Security in mobile networks Online class (4 hr)  
Week 10 Transport protocols for mobile networks Online class (4 hr)  
Week 11 Traffic modeling and management for mobile networks Online class (4 hr)  
Week 12 Network protocols for mobile networks Online class (4 hr)  
Week 13 Emerging mobile network technologies Online class (4 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. work in a team, assume diverse roles and responsibilities, show initiative and leadership, as well as receptiveness to various contributions and viewpoints to reach a multilateral consensus in the approach and results of projects
  • LO2. design new elements for the next generation of networks by undertaking investigation and knowledge development in often ill-defined problems using technical principles and methodologies developed as stepping stones
  • LO3. demonstrate an understanding of existing technologies for mobile Internet and how they can be used, optimized, and enhanced for practical situations using concepts and techniques presented
  • LO4. analyse the new developments in the field of mobile communications and mobile internet
  • LO5. demonstrate proficiency in assessing new developments in the field of mobile communications and internet using principles, techniques and tools developed throughout the course
  • LO6. present technical material clearly and concisely in terms that are adequate for the expected level of understanding of the audience using varied media tools and aids.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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