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Prométhée Spathis
Head of the CNI program at SU

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Wireless and Mobile Computing


Person Responsible for Module (Name, Mail address):


Credit Points (ECTS): 6 Module-ID: MU4INX19
University: Sorbonne Université Department: Master Informatique

Prerequisites for Participation

Basic course on computer networks.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The purpose of this course is to get a broad overview on wireless networks. The course lectures provides clarifications on broad and complex subject of wireless and mobile computing., while the tutorials and hands-on exercices to let you increase your understanding by applying the concepts. A strong focus is brought on Wi-Fi technologies but mostly this course should help you understand, design, install or support wireless networks.


This basic course provides with the fundamentals of wireless transmissions and Internet mobility. It covers:

  • Radio frequency : fundamentals (spectrum, attenuation, multipath,..), components and measurements (antennas, link budgets);
  • Digital communications : modulation and spread spectrum technics, OFDM;
  • Wireless local area networks or Wireless Personnal Area Netwoks : cell planning and many access methods with a focus on the evolution of IEEE 802.11 standards including security, wireless mesh aspects;
  • Impact of user mobility on IP routing protocols (Mobile IP, Mesh networks, Ad hoc Networks, Sensor Networks);
  • Impact of on transport layer protocols;
  • Practical labs on raspberry Pi platform to set up a wireless mesh network.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • 2h weekly hours lecture
  • 4h weekly hours integrated interactive tutorials (problem solving, assignments discussion, lab sessions)

Assessment and Grading Procedures

Mid-term written exam (40%), and Final written exam (60%). A makeup exam will be organized for those who failed the first session.

Workload calculation (contact hours, homework, exam preparation,..)

  • 6h weekly contact hours x 10 weeks = 60 h
  • 6h weekly hours preparation and afterwork x 10 weeks = 60 h
  • Exams preparation: 30 h
  • Total: 150 h

Frequency and dates

Offered every Spring semester:

  • Classes start mid-January and end mid-April.
  • Mid-semester exam around beginning of March
  • Final exam at the beginning of May.
  • Makeup exam for those who failed the first session in June.

Max. Number of Participants


Enrolment Procedures

Request to the head of CNI program

Recommended Reading, Course Material

  • "Wireless Communication Network and systems", Pearson - Cory Beard, William Stallings
  • "Mobile Communications", Addison-Wesley - Jochen Schiller
  • "Broadband Wireless Multimedia Networks", Benny Bing, Wiley
  • "Data and computer communications", William Stallings¬†