CIS 5930 Wireless Networks 
(Spring 2006)


Professor Zhenhai Duan
Office: 162 Love Building
Office hours: 1:00PM -- 2:00PM, MW, or by appointment


Love 103
2:00PM -- 3:15PM, MW

Course Description

This course discusses how mobile/wireless systems work, what technologies are used in wireless local area networks, and how mobility will influence applications, security, and IP networks. It follows a traditional bottom-up approach to cover wireless transmission technologies, medium access control protocols, wireless LAN, mobile network layer, mobile transport layer, and some wireless application protocols. Technologies used in mobile phone and satellite systems are also briefly discussed. The content of the course is based on both a mobile communication textbook (see below) and recent research papers.

Course Objective:

  1. In-depth understanding of the unique aspects of mobile/wireless networks and how they impact network protocol designs
  2. In-depth understanding of the key mobile protocols such as mobile IP and routing 
  3. In-depth understanding of the trade-offs in network protocol design


  1. Undergraduate or graduate level computer networks course such as CEN5515 Data and Computer Communications

Talk to me if you are not positive.


Week-by-Week Topics (tentative):

Week  Topic
1 Course introduction and wireless transmission
2 Medium access control
3 Wireless LAN
4 Wireless LAN
5 Mobile network layer I
6 Mobile network layer II
7 Mobile network layer III
8 Mobile transport layer I
9 Mobile transport layer II
10 Application layer protocols
11 Telecommunication systems
12 Satellite systems
13 Emerging technologies
14 energy and QoS issues
15 Security issues

Workload and Grading:

  1. One course project: 20%
  2. Four home assignments: 30%
  3. Mid-term exam: 20%
  4. Final exam: 30%

Final letter grades

A 90-100
A- 85-89
B 75-84
B- 70-74
C 65-69
D 60-64
F <60

Course Policies:

Attendance Policy:

The university requires attendance in all classes, and it is also important to your learning. The attendance record may be provided to deans who request it. If your grade is just a little below the cutoff for a higher grade, your attendance will be one of the factors that we consider, in deciding whether to "bump" you up to the higher grade. Missing three or fewer lectures will be considered good attendance. In rare cases, such as medical needs or jury duty, absences may be excused with appropriate documentation. You should let me know in advance, when possible, and submit the documentation I seek. You should make up for any materials missed due to absences.

Late Assignment Policy:

In order to enable us to provide timely solutions to assignments, we have the following policy regarding submission of late assignments. * An assignment that is turned in no more than 48 hours late will be scored with a 20% penalty. * An assignment that is turned in more than 48 hours late will receive the score of zero, though we will review it and comment on it.

Professional ethics:

You will gain confidence in your ability only when you do the work independently. On the other hand, one does learn a lot through discussions with ones peers. In order to balance these two goals, I give below a list of things that you may, and may not, do. Things you may not do: You should not copy from the assignments of other students. This includes directly copying or making modifications to others' assignments. If you happen to find a solution to an assignment problem from source, you may not copy it. Furthermore, you should take steps to ensure that others cannot copy your assignment. Things you may do: You may ask others about (i) terminology that you do not understand, (ii) clarifications on what is required of you in an assignment problem (though you may be much better of asking me), and (iii) how to submit your assignment. After the assignment has been graded, you are encouraged to discuss each others' solutions.

Honor Code: 

Students are expected to uphold the academic honor code published in "The Florida State University Bulletin" and the "Student Handbook". Please read the provisions of the Academic Honor Code: Also read the section on "Honor code" below.


Plagiarism is "representing another's work or any part thereof, be it published or unpublished, as ones own. For example, plagiarism includes failure to use quotation marks or other conventional markings around material quoted from any source" (Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999, p. 69). Failure to document material properly, that is, to indicate that the material came from another source, is also considered a form of plagiarism. Copying someone else's program, and turning it in as if it were your own work, is also considered plagiarism.


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