Mobile and pervasive computing is increasingly prevalent as the latest processors and wireless communication devices enable computer-to-computer links anywhere at anytime. The MSc in Mobile Computing offers an in-depth examination of the software and hardware technologies needed for mobile and embedded devices, including mobile phones and sensor networks. The course also examines web site creation to enable effective functionality for small screen devices and covers aspects of wireless networks that interface with mobile devices.
You will develop the skills needed to work with the programmes and interfaces that are increasingly used in mobile computing.
Graduates will find career opportunities in the communication network industry and the associated service industry, for example with internationally known companies located in the area.
The course covers programming for small devices using languages such as J2ME, and examines website creation to enable effective functionality for small screen devices. It also covers aspects of wireless links and communication networks that transport data to and from mobile devices.
To qualify for a master’s degree, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (50 credits) and a module on research and study methods (10 credits).
For the taught part of your course, you will take three modules in Semester 1 (September to December) and three more in Semester 2 (January to May). This makes up two-thirds of your studies. Part-time students normally take four modules in their first year and two in their second year.
In Semester 1 you take two compulsory modules and one optional module.
Paradigms of Programming (compulsory) teaches universal programming concepts such as programming paradigms, design strategies, development environments and testing. This will enable you to adapt to the use of different programming languages needed on your course.
Middleware (compulsory) introduces the concept of middleware and how it supports interoperability across heterogeneous programming, operating system and network platforms. The module covers a variety of middleware platforms, with a particular focus on those used for web-based and pervasive systems.
Wireless Systems studies the transmission and system requirements required to establish wireless links in point to point, mesh and broadcast personal, local and wide area wireless networks.
Network Principles introduces the principles and practice of computer networking, with an emphasis on data communications and local area network technologies and design.
Digital Mobile Communications introduces the principles and techniques of 2G mobile communications with particular emphasis on GSM networks. It covers infrastructure, protocols, multiplexing technologies, signalling, call set-up, data structures, system design and environmental considerations.
Structured Data covers the principles and practice of structured data, including how it is represented, managed and transformed.
In Semester 2 you take one compulsory module, one of two alternative compulsories and one optional module.
Pervasive Applications (compulsory) looks at the understanding and application of pervasive computing technologies, including the use of appropriate middleware and other development environments.
Programming Mobile Devices (alternative compulsory) covers the current and emerging mobile technologies, giving you experience of developing software applications for mobile devices using appropriate programming languages and tools.
Web Interfaces and Media (alternative compulsory) looks at the challenges of designing and constructing interfaces using a variety of media (eg text, speech, graphics) that are accessible to users in a wide variety of situations. It covers the physical, technical and psychological aspects of web interfaces design.
Broadband Wireless Networks covers the latest broadband personal, local and wide area wireless networks, including network technology, protocols and implementation.
Software Project Management studies the latest practices, skills and techniques that are used in the project management and quality assurance of computing software projects.
Multiservice Networks covers the principles of multiservice network design and technology, illustrating these with case studies including state-of-the-art practice.
Computer and Network Security covers the technological and human issues involved in securing and assessing the security level of modern networked computer systems, as well as looking at digital forensics.
You also take:
Research and Study Methods, which covers research skills and planning and management techniques and provides guidance on the analysis and technical presentation that you will need for your dissertation. This is taken in Semester 1.
The Dissertation, which is an individual research and development project that allows you to study a topic of your choice in depth, guided by your supervisor. The work may be undertaken in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation. You start your dissertation in Semester 2, continuing over the summer period.
Part-time students normally take these modules in their second year.