Module Catalogue 2019/20

EEE8089 : M2M Technology Internet of Things

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alex Bystrov
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

None apart from the standard entry requirements for MSC WirES, CSP and AC

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



• Knowledge in IoT M2M network technology including networking, system frameworks and comparative
• Skills in implementation of M2M networks.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Interfaces for sensors/actuators and their connectors to the IoT router
•       Internet interfaces for IoT routers, their representation in OSI reference model
•       IoT router architecture, framework and framework connectors
•       Architectures, platforms and applications for M2M IoT systems
•       Coursework: design of a simple M2M IoT system, physical implementation, experimentation, analysis and report.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Upon completion of this module a student will be able to evaluate (1) and design (2) an M2M communication infrastructure based on the analysis (3) of a specific IoT application (4). This is achieved by classification (5) of the features of the M2M application and attributing them to the corresponding levels of the OSI reference model (5-6), which has to be based on a solid foundation of the knowledge (6) of the principles and protocols of a representative set of interfaces.
The articles (1-6) correspond to the six levels of the cognitive domain of Bloom's taxonomy (evaluation-synthesis-analysis-application-comprehension-knowledge correspondingly), whose specific content is included in Outline of Syllabus section. This is a design-based coursework module, which develops and assesses all these levels in a coherent way with an added benefit of developing practical skills outlined in the Skill Outcomes section.

Intended Skill Outcomes

•       Distributed system design with M2M, a specific practical example.
•       Design with an open source platform for M2M, skill development in using it.
•       Analytical skills for analysis of IoT specifications and evaluation of the implemented solution.
•       A skill of evaluation of a particular technology in a broader technical and societal context.
•       Report-writing skills, including written technical communication, analysis, discussion and constructing an argument.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Numeracy : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Written Other : Assessed
  • Application
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Market Awareness : Present
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture52:0010:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Preparation for oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical104:0040:00practicals
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00lectures follow-up
Guided Independent StudyProject work132:0032:00Design and execution of experiments
Guided Independent StudyProject work104:0040:00practicals follow-up in the lab
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork15:005:00Oral presentations in a workshop form
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In the lectures the relevant theory is delivered. In the supervised practicals the core skills are developed and hands-on familiarisation with the platform is performed. Independent study is required to complete a usually patchy background knowledge and perform comparative study of the platforms presented in the lectures. The project work is the design and implementation of the solution to a specified problem. The work is assessed in a technical report, which requires significant time to write, including the analysis and discussion of the problem, specification and solution.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2A100Individual report containing the evidence and analysis of practical results, 4000 words.
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Oral PresentationAN/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MCoursework: continuous assessment and oral feedback during the practicals. each week of Sem. 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The key component of this module is coursework representing a mix of supervised exercise and project, where the project represents the main achievement. The project report includes analysis and discussion in addition to the description of the solution and represents a complete assessment of the knowledge and skills developed in this module.
The oral presentations workshop gives the students an opportunity to defend their results, compare it to the results of the peers and to receive/discuss the feedback from the instructor before
submitting the report


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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