The module will cover a mixture of theoretical and practical topics in the area of mobile devices and 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, ways of visualising and processing data gained from the IoT, and associated privacy and security issues. Application development for mobile devices such as smartphones will also be introduced using a popular mobile platform.
Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 120
Total study hours: 150
Method of assessment
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The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Describe the technologies used for the Internet of Things and mobile devices, 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, taking ideas and techniques from recent research in the area.
3. Design and build a sensor network based on Internet of Things technology.
4. Develop application software of moderate complexity for a well-used mobile platform.
5. Critically discuss current research issues and application areas of the Internet of Things and mobile devices, including an understanding of the commercial context and privacy/security issues, and make well-informed speculations on the future of the area.
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Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
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