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ELEC889 – Wireless Sensor Network Applications

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Subhas Mukhopadhyay
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MEng
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit will explore the underlying technologies and applications for wireless sensor networks. Beginning with foundation knowledge in sensors, embedded processing and wireless concepts for ad hoc radios and network solutions, concepts will built towards notions of latency, performance, and Quality of Service in the support and consideration of a wide range of applications, from wireless body area networks (WBAN) to fixed monitoring to emergency services.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental components to implement wireless sensor network system such as sensors, embedded processors, interfacing electronics and wireless communicating devices
  2. 2. Able to design and implement wireless sensor network systems for remote monitoring
  3. 3. A good understanding on wireless protocols, security and implementation
  4. 4. Understanding of Data storage, security and cloud computing in the context of wireless sensor networks
  5. 5. Understanding on the design and implementation of software for wireless sensor networks

General Assessment Information

Self-Study Project and Presentation:

 

Week #2: Topic and a short description; Justification and suitability

 

Week#4: Design and Implementation Details

 

Week#8: Strength and Weaknesses in Design and Implementation

 

Week#11: Design Improvements and Future Extensions

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Self-study on a project 10% 2
Project Progress Presentation: 15% 4, 8 and 11
Mid Term Test: 20% (Week 7) 20% 7
Project Report writing 15% 13
Final examination 40% 14

Self-study on a project

Due: 2
Weighting: 10%

Self-study on a project: Initial topic selection and a short presentation: 10% (Week 2)


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental components to implement wireless sensor network system such as sensors, embedded processors, interfacing electronics and wireless communicating devices
  • 2. Able to design and implement wireless sensor network systems for remote monitoring
  • 3. A good understanding on wireless protocols, security and implementation

Project Progress Presentation:

Due: 4, 8 and 11
Weighting: 15%

Project Progress Presentation: 3 * 5% = 15% (Week 4, 8, 11)


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 2. Able to design and implement wireless sensor network systems for remote monitoring

Mid Term Test: 20% (Week 7)

Due: 7
Weighting: 20%

Mid Term Test: 20% (Week 7)


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental components to implement wireless sensor network system such as sensors, embedded processors, interfacing electronics and wireless communicating devices
  • 2. Able to design and implement wireless sensor network systems for remote monitoring
  • 3. A good understanding on wireless protocols, security and implementation

Project Report writing

Due: 13
Weighting: 15%

Project Report writing: 15% (Week 13)


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 4. Understanding of Data storage, security and cloud computing in the context of wireless sensor networks
  • 5. Understanding on the design and implementation of software for wireless sensor networks

Final examination

Due: 14
Weighting: 40%

Final examination: 40% (Week 14)


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental components to implement wireless sensor network system such as sensors, embedded processors, interfacing electronics and wireless communicating devices
  • 2. Able to design and implement wireless sensor network systems for remote monitoring
  • 3. A good understanding on wireless protocols, security and implementation
  • 4. Understanding of Data storage, security and cloud computing in the context of wireless sensor networks
  • 5. Understanding on the design and implementation of software for wireless sensor networks

Delivery and Resources

This unit will explore the underlying technologies and applications for

wireless sensor networks. Beginning with foundation knowledge in sensors, embedded

processing and wireless concepts for ad hoc radios and network solutions, concepts will

built towards notions of latency, performance, and Quality of Service in the support and

consideration of a wide range of applications, from wireless body area networks (WBAN) to

fixed monitoring to emergency services.

Unit Schedule

Weekly content:

 

Week#1: Unit description; Assessment; Big picture, WSN challenges and opportunities; Project description

 

Week#2: Sensors: Resistive, Capacitive and Inductive; Project presentation

 

Week#3: Sensors: Resistive, Capacitive and Inductive (contd.)

 

Week#4: Sensors Interfacing; Project presentation

 

Week#5: Sensors Interfacing (contd.)

 

Week#6: Embedded Systems

 

Week#7: Embedded Systems (contd.) + Mid Term Test

 

Week#8: Wireless Protocols; Project presentation

 

Week#9: Wireless Protocols;

Week#10: Security in Wireless Protocols;

 

Week#11: Software Design for WSN; Project presentation

 

Week#12: Application Examples (Smart Home, Solar panel, Power management, green house etc.)

 

Week#13: Review and Discussion

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental components to implement wireless sensor network system such as sensors, embedded processors, interfacing electronics and wireless communicating devices
  • 2. Able to design and implement wireless sensor network systems for remote monitoring
  • 3. A good understanding on wireless protocols, security and implementation
  • 4. Understanding of Data storage, security and cloud computing in the context of wireless sensor networks
  • 5. Understanding on the design and implementation of software for wireless sensor networks

Assessment tasks

  • Self-study on a project
  • Project Progress Presentation:
  • Mid Term Test: 20% (Week 7)
  • Project Report writing
  • Final examination

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 2. Able to design and implement wireless sensor network systems for remote monitoring
  • 5. Understanding on the design and implementation of software for wireless sensor networks

Assessment tasks

  • Self-study on a project
  • Project Progress Presentation:
  • Mid Term Test: 20% (Week 7)
  • Project Report writing
  • Final examination

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental components to implement wireless sensor network system such as sensors, embedded processors, interfacing electronics and wireless communicating devices
  • 2. Able to design and implement wireless sensor network systems for remote monitoring
  • 3. A good understanding on wireless protocols, security and implementation
  • 4. Understanding of Data storage, security and cloud computing in the context of wireless sensor networks
  • 5. Understanding on the design and implementation of software for wireless sensor networks

Assessment tasks

  • Self-study on a project
  • Project Progress Presentation:
  • Mid Term Test: 20% (Week 7)
  • Project Report writing
  • Final examination

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental components to implement wireless sensor network system such as sensors, embedded processors, interfacing electronics and wireless communicating devices
  • 2. Able to design and implement wireless sensor network systems for remote monitoring
  • 4. Understanding of Data storage, security and cloud computing in the context of wireless sensor networks
  • 5. Understanding on the design and implementation of software for wireless sensor networks

Assessment tasks

  • Self-study on a project
  • Project Progress Presentation:
  • Mid Term Test: 20% (Week 7)
  • Project Report writing
  • Final examination

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental components to implement wireless sensor network system such as sensors, embedded processors, interfacing electronics and wireless communicating devices
  • 2. Able to design and implement wireless sensor network systems for remote monitoring
  • 3. A good understanding on wireless protocols, security and implementation
  • 4. Understanding of Data storage, security and cloud computing in the context of wireless sensor networks
  • 5. Understanding on the design and implementation of software for wireless sensor networks

Assessment tasks

  • Project Progress Presentation:
  • Mid Term Test: 20% (Week 7)
  • Final examination

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 2. Able to design and implement wireless sensor network systems for remote monitoring
  • 3. A good understanding on wireless protocols, security and implementation
  • 4. Understanding of Data storage, security and cloud computing in the context of wireless sensor networks
  • 5. Understanding on the design and implementation of software for wireless sensor networks

Assessment tasks

  • Project Report writing
  • Final examination