Internet of Things - COMP6570

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Christos Efstratiou checkmark-circle


The module will cover a mixture of theoretical and practical topics in the area of the Internet of Things (IoT), that is, the use of Internet technologies to access and interact with objects in the physical world. This will include coverage of the range of sensor and actuator devices available, ways in which they communicate and compute, methods for getting information to and from IoT-enabled devices, and ways of visualising and processing data gained from the IoT. A practical component will consist of building the hardware and software for a sensor network and a system to collect, process and visualise data from that network.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 38 hours
Private study hours: 112 hours
Total study hours: 150 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
100% coursework, composed of:
A1- Simple embedded programming (individual) (15%)
A2 - IoT System (individual or groups of 2 students)
A2.1 – Concept poster (10%)
A2.2 – IoT Device video (10%)
A2.3 – IoT System final (65%)

Indicative reading

Atzori, L., Iera, A., Morabito, G. (2010) The Internet of Things: A Survey. Computer Networks, 54(15), 2787-2805.
Fell, M. (2014) Roadmap for the Emerging "Internet of Things", Carré and Strauss.
Kortuem, G et al. (2010). Smart objects as building blocks for the Internet of things. IEEE Internet Computing, 14(1):44-51.
Welbourne, E et al. (2009). Building the Internet of Things Using RFID. IEEE Internet Computing, 13(3):48—55.
Fernandes, E., Jung, J., & Prakash, A. (2016, May). Security analysis of emerging smart home applications. In Security and Privacy (SP), 2016 IEEE Symposium on (pp. 636-654). IEEE.
Al-Fuqaha, A., Guizani, M., Mohammadi, M., Aledhari, M. and Ayyash, M. (2015). Internet of Things: A Survey on Enabling Technologies, Protocols, and Applications. IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, 17(4), pp.2347-2376.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Describe the technologies used for the Internet of Things, including (passive and active) sensors, actuators, the physical communications layer, communications protocols, programming frameworks, and an understanding of energy and bandwidth constraints.
2. Design and implement software for Internet of Things applications, including both low-level firmware on embedded devices and higher-level data processing for data obtained from sensors.
3. Design and build a simple sensor network based on Internet of Things technology.
4. Discuss and make informed comments on research into, and application areas of, the Internet of Things, including an understanding of the commercial context.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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