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EEE2019 : Engineering Internet-of-Things Project

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alex Bystrov
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


•       Knowledge in IoT (machine-to-machine or embedded systems) network technology including networking, system frameworks, applications and properties.
•       Implementation of an Internet network utilising the low levels of the OSI reference model.
•       Implementation of an IoT network utilising the the high levels of the OSI reference model.
•       Study of the performance properties.

Outline Of Syllabus

Theory, standards and engineering practice:
•       OSI reference model, protocol encapsulation, protocol data units.
•       The Internet-specific layers of OSI, protocols, packet formats, standards.
•       The IoT-specific layers of OSI, architectures, protocols, security.
•       IoT router architecture, framework and connectors, Embedded Linux platform.
•       Design of a LAN, ARP, routing tables, experiments with capture and analysis of traffic.
•       Design of a simple IoT system
•       Experiments and analysis of the properties of the machine-to-machine network (security, performance, impact of performance on a control application).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00Discussion of theory in pre-rec lectures & online materials(6); discussion of stages of project (3)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Report writing
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion92:0018:00Lab work support by using online chat and video tools
Guided Independent StudyProject work149:0049:00Project work
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 an oral demonstration and a technical report, which includes the specification, analysis and discussion of the problem and a solution.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination2M20Mid-semester demonstration of the design, feedback.
Report2A80Individual report containing the evidence and analysis of practical results, 2000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Observ of prof pract2MMid-semester assessment of the progress, assessment of involvement degree of all members of groups, formative feedback.
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
The mid-semester demonstration gives the students an opportunity to receive an early formative feedback, so they could correct their approach. This aspect of assessment also gives the assessor an opportunity to identify poorly performing students within each group and guide them towards a significant contribution to the group effort.

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