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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/07/2022 16:16:27

Title of Module: Wireless Networking

Code: COMP10023 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Qi  Wang

Summary of Module

Wireless networking has become an integral part of everyday life as well as part of many business systems with increasing popularity and importance. This module covers the following key aspects of wireless networking technologies (with a focus on the data link layer and above):

  • Wireless applications chapter
  • Mobility management chapter
  • Wireless medium access control chapter
  • Wireless wide-area networks chapter
  • Wireless local-area networks chapter
  • The mobile ad hoc networks and wireless sensor networks chapter
  • Wireless mesh networks chapter

Undertaking this module will develop a range of graduate attributes. Knowledge in the principles behind the techniques will be reviewed and extended to current and future applications of the technology. Sourcing, reviewing and presenting current scientific literature will develop critical thinking and presentation skills. The module will discuss new research developing innovation, research thinking and consideration of ethical issues.



Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theory, concepts and principles of wireless networking.

L2. Investigate, analyse and define the requirements for an appropriate wireless-based network given an application scenario.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

K & U of various wireless technologies especially of LANs

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Knowledge of designing and integrating wireless and wired LANs and their security

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Students will learn how to bring together information from various sources so as to complete their laboratory tasks

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Working in interacting groups and compiling individual group reports students will develop communication skills as well as the ability to write technical reports and documentation

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Each student in each group will be responsible of finding and summarizing information about the assigned task. Students will elect a coordinator and develop a sense of accountability to the group members.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:one or other of the above
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The module will be delivered by means of lectures, tutorials and practical lab work aimed at developing the knowledge and skills required to confidently manage a Wireless Network. The lectures will introduce various types of wireless technologies in both communication and networking and develop the essential tasks involved in the design and implementation of wireless networks while the follow-on lab work will enable students to gain more insights through practice. The tutorial sessions will help consolidate both the lecture material and the skills practiced during the lab work.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery28
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity8
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

IEEE Xplore Digital Library:

Module resources on myUWS

Wireshark software,


K. D. Wong, Fundamentals of Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies, Wiley, 2012

Internet access

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBusiness & Applied Computing
ModeratorDuncan Thomson
External ExaminerR Khusainov
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The assessment consists of two written assignments: Written Assignment 1 weighted at 60%
and Written Assignment 2 weighted at 40% respectively
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck markcheck mark601

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Case studycheck markcheck mark401
Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The University policies on equality and diversity will apply to this module.

In order for the student to complete this module the student will be required to:view photographic image materials

Students whose vision and hearing is substantially impaired should be assessed and counselled prior to them selecting courses requiring this module.

When a student discloses a disability an advisor will agree the appropriate adjustments to be made, consulting with the module coordinator if necessary.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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