Department of Information Technology

Course Description

Computer Networks III (alias Datakommunikation III, Advanced Computer Networks, second course, or Computer Networks MN3)) is an advanced course and builds on the introductory course Computer Networks and on the intermediate course Computer Networks II. The theme of the course is wireless and mobile communication. The course is open for DV-, IT-, MN and Masters-students. The number of students allowed in the course is limited and hence, we highly recommend the prospective students interested in this course to register at the earliest.

An advanced project assignment or a term paper constitute the main part of the course. In addition, the course consists of a theory part that is examined with a take home exam (midterm) and seminar series. A seminar has one lectures and one half-day student presentation seminar. Students can select from different topics offered in the seminar series, e.g., wireless sensor networks, delay tolerant networks, and mobile applications. There is no written exam at the end of the course. Instead, the scheduled exam day is used for project demonstrations and term paper presentations with mandatory participation.

The course is given at D-level, with 7,5hp study points and is open for graduate students. During Spring 2010 the course will be given in English. Course code: 1DT010 (also listed as 1DT082 and 1IT132).


Computer Networks II (alias Datakom II, Advanced Computer Networks) or equivalent.

Course overview

The course starts Monday March 22, 10:15 in Lecture room Pol_1111 . At this occasion the course outline will be presented in detail, including a presentation of projects, (term papers) and the seminar series.

After this first lecture, the students (who intend to follow the course) should file a request for either a project or a term-paper topic. A form for this request can be found here. Three alternatives for term-paper topic or project should be listed in the order of preference. Students who want to work together should indicate so using the same form. The request must reach the course responsible teacher no later than 25 March, 16:00 by email (

The course will begin with introductory lectures on wireless mobile communication followed by two seminar series on different topics within the area. Each student must actively participate in in one seminar. More information about the seminars and what we expect from each student can be found here.

Groups of two or four students will be formed for each term-paper. The sizes of student-groups for projects are based on the topics. Each project group will be assigned a supervisor who will be the group's contact person during the course. The project supervisor will help the group with computers and other equipments, literature to read and other practicalities. The term-paper advisor will help with finding appropriate literature and moderate the quality of the term paper. The groups with respective advisor will be announced by 26 March via email and on the course web pages.

It is expected that all groups will work independently and to a large extend plan their own work so that the papers and projects will be finished within the study period and the allocated time. The expected effort for each group member is more than three weeks of full time.

The course is finished with two presentation days, Tuesday June 1 and Wednesday June 2 , comprising presentation of the term papers and demonstrations of the projects. Each term-paper group should present their paper orally as well as do an opposition on another group's term-paper. The opposition should consist of constructive critique with the purpose of helping the other group to improve the paper. This means that the opponents need to not only read the term-paper, but also study the area of the paper to be able to appreciate it's significance. More information about the term-paper presentations and the requirements on the papers can be found here. All students who write a term paper must participate in all presentations of the other papers.

Project results will be presented in the form of a presentation and a demo. All students attending the course must participate during the project presentations . More information about projects and their organization will be posted under the link Projects on the course homepage.

Course material

The course book is Mobile Communications Second edition (2003), Jochen Schiller, Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0 321 12381 6. It will be used between 30-50% depending on choice of seminar. Chapter 6 of Computer Networking: A top-down approach, James Kurose & Keith Ross, Fifth edition, 2010, can be used as complementing reading. The books will be complemented with published articles and research papers for each seminar. Copies of lectures notes will be made available on the internal home page of the course. Alternative course material will be posted on this web site.


Students will be examined and graded in terms of participation and seminars, the take home exam, presentations of and oppositions to term-papers, and project demos and presentations. The grades will be U (Not Pass), 3, 4 or 5 and it will be composed of the following parts and weights: home exam - 0,3, <project - 0,7> or <term paper - 0,55, opposition - 0,15>. You must pass the home exam to get a Passing grade for the whole course.

In addition you must actively:

  • Participate and contribute to a seminar with a presentation of passing quality.
  • Participate in and contribute to your project results as well as present a part of the project. OR
  • Participate in and contribute to your term paper as well as present a part of the paper.
  • Serve as an opponent on another group's term-paper (applies only to students who write a term-paper).

The home exam will be distributed April 13, at 10:00 and must be turned in before April 14 at 10:00. All course material can be used, but you can not discuss or share results with other course participants. You may be asked to orally explain your answers.

Late examination

Since the course uses continuous examination (in the form of seminars, and project or term paper), there is no possibility for late or partial examination after the course.

Updated  2010-03-21 22:18:39 by Per Gunningberg.