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ELEC5514: Networked Embedded Systems

This unit aim to teach the fundamentals concepts associated with: Networked Embedded Systems, wireless sensor networks; Wireless channel propagation and radio power consumption; Wireless networks, ZigBee, Bluetooth, etc. ; Sensor principle, data fusion, source detection and identification; Multiple source detection, multiple access communications; Network topology, routing, network information theory; Distributed source channel coding for sensor networks; Power-aware and energy-aware communication protocols; Distributed embedded systems problems such as time synchronization and node localisation; Exposure to several recently developed solutions to address problems in wireless sensor networks and ubiquitous computing giving them a well-rounded view of the state-of the-art in the networked embedded systems field. Student involvement with projects will expose them to the usage of simulators and/or programming some types of networked embedded systems platforms. Ability to identify the main issues and trade-offs in networked embedded systems; Understanding of the state-of-the-art solutions in the area; Based on the above understanding, ability to analyse requirements and devise first-order solutions for particular networked embedded systems problems; Familiarisation with a simulator platform and real hardware platforms for network embedded systems through the students involvement in projects.


Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit code ELEC5514
Unit name Networked Embedded Systems
Session, year
Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Zihuai Lin,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam ELEC5514 final exam
some exam questions need to be answered
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Lab work 1
by the end of wk6, the students need to hand in one lab report
15% Week 07 maximum 5 pages / wk1-wk6
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment lab work 2
at the end of wk 12, the students need to submit one project report
25% Week 13 maximum 5 pages / wk 7-wk12
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Final project report
project programming, presentation, and report
20% Week 13 5xA4 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?
  • For lab work, the students need to hand in one lab report and one project report
  • For the project, students must submit 4 reports as per details in Canvas.

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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

5 pts penalties for late submissions for both lab and first 3 project reports Late submission of final exam report is not allowed

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction in networked embedded systems: what is a NES? Examples and applications Lecture (2 hr) LO1
Week 02 Network embedded systems: fundamental Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 1. Sensor principle; 2. Energy efficient WSN Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 04 1. Digital communication; 2. Bluetooth; 3. ZigBee Lecture (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Networking Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 06 Distributed source coding for wireless sensor network Lecture (2 hr) LO5 LO6
Week 07 MAC issues with wireless sensor networks Lecture (2 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 08 MAC issues with body area networks Lecture (2 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 09 Routing for wireless sensor networks Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Source detection & identification Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 11 Industrial IoT Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 12 1. Synchronisation; 2. Localisation and time 3. Energy management in sensor network Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Summary Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6

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. demonstrate proficiency in undertaking knowledge development, drawing on various sources and demonstrating the capacity to synthesise complex and at times contradictory information for the specific engineering projects assigned
  • LO2. write reports and make presentations to deliver technical and often complex material in clear and concise terms on specific engineering topics
  • LO3. assume diverse team roles with the purpose of working with a research paper on a specific topic in a group; exercise leadership, negotiation and receptiveness skills as a means to better draw out the knowledge and ability of other team members concomitant to one's own input
  • LO4. design a small scale wireless network using a systematic approach based on knowledge acquired and with the purpose of solving a clearly defined problem
  • LO5. demonstrate an understanding of topics in wireless sensor networks using principles developed
  • LO6. demonstrate proficiency in assessing and debugging wireless sensor networks and other system problems, using concepts and techniques developed throughout the course.

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.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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