cse4wne wireless network eng




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject covers the fundamentals of wireless transmission. Students will study the various physical layer issues and impairments, and challenges in wireless communication compared with wired communication. In depth analysis will be carried out on CSMA/CA standards; WEP and Dynamic WEP standards and the processes involved for maintaining privacy and confidentiality in wireless network. A brief introduction will be given to Bluetooth and WiMAX technologies.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSomnath Ghosh

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CSE2NEF or CSE5NEF


Incompatible subjects CSE41WIR, CSE42WIR, CSE4WIR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsWireless Communications and NetworksPrescribedWilliam StallingsPearson Int.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse wireless network antenna designs to suit particular terrain and application environments to ensure that they give adequate wireless coverage and meet appropriate power specifications and government regulations.

Week 1-4 of lectures and tutorials deals with indepth analysis of various physical layer challenges, antenna design, different physical layer power output and Government regulations on health and personal safety.
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02. Describe the main differences between the wired and wireless Ethernet protocols that lead to several challenges in the design of wireless networking protocols.

Week 5-7 deals with the need for a shared medium access protocol for wireless environment, the complete design of 802.11 MAC family protocol and compare them against their wired version viz. 802.3.
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03. Describe the challenges associated with security in a communication network, and describe the different methods used to establish a secure wired and wireless communication network.

Week 8 and 9 deals with WEP, RC4 encryption and their weakness, how they can fixed by using Dynamic WEP. The tutorial will also deal with RC4 hand simulation and a detailed study on various weaknesses of the RC4 algorithm. Week 10 deals with short range radio communication technologies like Bluetooth, their operation and how they can be effectively deployed
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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrakash Veeraraghavan

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Mid-term Problem solving test (1 hour)Hurdle requirement: In order to pass the unit, students must obtain an overall pass grade, pass the examination and pass the overall non-examination components.1501, 02, 03
one 3-hour examination7501, 02, 03
Weekly workshop Assessment10