Department of Information Technology

Course Description

Computer Networks III (alias: Datakommunikation III, Wireless Embedded Systems - Part 2, or Computer Networks MN3) is an advanced course and builds on the introductory course Computer Networks and on the intermediate level course Computer Networks II. The theme of the course is wireless and mobile communication and it is project based.

The course is given at the D-level, with 5hp study points and is open for DV-, IT-, MN, Master and Graduate students. During Spring 2011 the course will be given in English. Course code: 1DT010 (also listed as 1DT082 and 1IT132). The number of students allowed in the course is limited.


Computer Networks II (alias Datakom II), Wireless Embedded System - Part 1 or equivalent.

Course start

The course starts Thursday March 3, 13:15 in Lecture room Pol_1311. At this occasion the course outline will be presented in detail, including a presentation of projects, term papers and the seminar series.

Course overview

An advanced project assignment or a term paper constitute the main part of the course. In addition, the course has a seminar series. A seminar has one lecture with one half-day student presentations. Students can select from different topics offered in the seminar series, e.g., topics in wireless sensor networks, delay and disruption tolerant networks, and mobile applications. 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. Both the projects as well as the paper topics must be chosen within the seminar areas.

There is no written exam at the end of the course. Instead, the scheduled exam days are used for project demonstrations and term paper presentations with mandatory participation.

Project or Term paper

After the first lecture, the students (who intend to follow the course) should file a request for either a project or a term-paper topic. A template for this request can be found here.

Students who want to work together should indicate so by using the same request. The request must reach the course responsible teachers no later than 8 March, 08:00 by email to Please, also list second choice term paper topics or project proposals.

Depending on the size of the term-paper topic, groups of two or four students should be formed. The sizes of the student-groups for projects should be at least three persons and at most 5. A project could consist both of a practical part and a literature study part (i.e. same requirements as for a term paper). For a combined assignment, two persons should focus on the study. Such teams could then have at most seven members. 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 adviser will help with finding appropriate literature and moderate the quality of the term paper. The formed groups with respective adviser will be announced by 11 March , via email and on the course web pages.

It is expected that all teams 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 work effort for each team member is about three weeks of full time for both papers and projects.

Presentation days

The course is finished with two presentation days, Monday May 30 and Tuesday May 31 , 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 to read the term-paper, but to also study the surrounding area of the paper to be able to appreciate it's significance. More information about the term-paper presentations and the requirements on the term 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 all project presentations . More information about projects and their organization is posted under the link Projects on the course homepage.

Course reading material

There is no mandatory course book. However, some of the seminar background knowledge will be based on the book: Mobile Communications Second edition (2003), Jochen Schiller, Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0 321 12381 6. It may be used between 10-50% depending on choice of seminar. The course will be complemented with published articles and research papers for each seminar. Copies of seminar notes will be made available on the home pages of the course.


Students will be examined and graded in terms of; (1) mandatory participation and presentation in one seminar, (2a) presentations of and oppositions on term-papers, or (2b) 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: <project - 1,0> or <term paper - 0,75, opposition - 0,25>. Seminar presentations will not be graded.

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  2011-02-24 11:36:38 by Per Gunningberg.