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MSc in Embedded Wireless Systems Project - ELE00108M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Martin Trefzer
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module summary

The Embedded Wireless Systems group project will develop skills and knowledge that will prepare students for working in industry or undertaking further academic study. The project will involve the design and practical implementation of internet and wireless devices using ARM processors to build a real-world sensor network solutions.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2018-19 to Summer Vacation 2018-19

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To involve the students in a life-like project involving the investigation of a specified problem in communications and digital signal processing, and/or the design, simulation, construction and testing of a specified piece of equipment.
  • Design of the hardware necessary to complete the project.
  • Coding and testing and construction and testing of the hardware.
  • Completion of the project, analysis of the results and writing of a concise project report.


Graduate skills aims:

  • To allow students to specialise in a particular area of embedded wireless sensor networks and develop their theoretical and practical skills.
  • To develop the student?s ability to design embedded wireless sensor network systems, plan and perform measurements, analyse and evaluate data, compare and discuss methods and results with their peers.
  • To undertake an extended, comprehensive group project in the area of embedded wireless sensor networks and apply individual critical thinking within a wider context.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate successful specialisation in a particular area of embedded wireless sensor networks, including theoretical and practical skills.
  • Produce a dissertation on the project planning, work and outcome of a standard that would be acceptable for wider publication.
  • Specify a networked system of internet and wireless devices, sensors and processors to build a real-world sensor network solutions.
  • Design, implement and test this custom electronic sensor network system, integrate it with a microprocessor-based embedded system and data storage/analysis.
  • Accurately measure and characterise the behaviour and performance of the embedded sensor network created and and compare with theory/simulation as well as implementations of peers.


Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Formulate a moderate-sized problem, select, justify and follow an appropriate approach systematically, and critically reflect upon progress.
  • Work as part of a team to divide, organise and deliver a substantial piece of engineering work, developing effective team working skills.
  • Effectively manage project and time.
  • Demonstrate oral presentation and written communication skills and will be able to present results to both peers and researchers in the field.
  • Effectively analyse and solve problems.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

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Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme. We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments. A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback. This can be found at The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme. In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work. Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period. The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline. The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback. The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum. Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate. Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date.

Indicative reading

Digital Design: Principles and Practices John F. Wakerly.

Building Wireless Sensor Networks: With ZigBee, XBee, Arduino, and Processing, Robert Faludi.

Relevant research papers and online resources (datasheets, white papers, manuals) will be made available to the students in order to inform and guide project development.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.