Network technologies and the communications systems that underpin them have enabled the information revolution and drive advances from the way we do business, the way we deliver healthcare and most fundamentally, changed the way we interact as human beings. This minor will provide students with a comprehensive coverage of these connected systems and technologies that have driven the modern world. It covers the state-of-the-art technologies of the internet, mobile phone networks and broadband access was well as considering ‘hidden’ networks connect all these together and the applications that are enabled.

The first module gives an overview of how communications technologies work and how these can be used to create world-wide connected systems. The second module considers the technologies required to form the networks, wireless and optical, that provide ubiquitous high speed connections. The final module, a collaboration with the processor designer ARM, considers the internet of things – how wireless technologies, sensing and low-energy computing combine to create a truly connected world of people and objects.


Module 1 (Year 2, Term 2) – Connected Systems

The modern world is full of connected systems. They underpin the information revolution and drive advances from the way we do business to the way we deliver healthcare. It covers the state-of-the-art technologies that connect together multiple network and environments while looking specifically at how advances in connectivity such as the Internet of Things will be developed and deployed.

Assessment: 80% Exam, 20% Coursework – Mini design project

Module Outline – Connected Systems

Module 2 (Year 3, Term 1) – Networking Systems

This module looks at the networks and network technologies that form the basis of connected systems. It looks in more detail at how the elements that form a connected system are designed and constructed and how these form the backbone of Internet of Things networks.

Assessment: 80% Exam, 20% Coursework

Module 3 (Year 3, Term 2) – Internet of Things

The module aims to provide an introduction to the key concepts, technologies and applications associated with the Internet of Things (IoT). It aims to extend the students existing knowledge of basic networking concepts to introduce cutting edge IoT applications as well as tools and techniques for the development of typical IoT hardware and software.

Assessment: 100% Coursework

Lead Academic

Prof John Mitchell
Dept Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Email: ku.ca1516636575.lcu@1516636575llehc1516636575tim.j1516636575

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