Undergraduate Course: Internet of Things Systems, Security, and the Cloud (IoTSSC) (INFR11146)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||IoTSSC will teach students fundamentals concepts of Internet of Things (IoT) systems, wireless communication paradigms employed in IoT, security and privacy issues, and cloud integration. The course will involve a major coursework that will require students to design, build, and evaluate a practical IoT system. Students will be required to demonstrate their prototypes and present orally their projects at the end of the course, and document their designs and results in a workshop style research paper.
The course will cover IoT systems architecture, hardware platforms, relevant wireless technologies and networking protocols, security and privacy concepts, device programming and debugging, cloud integration, simple data analytics, and commercialisation challenges. The students should expect to be able to apply the taught concepts in the development of an IoT prototype.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Operating Systems (INFR09047) OR
Operating Systems (INFR10079) OR
Informatics Research Review (INFR11136) OR
Research Methods in Security, Privacy, and Trust (INFR11188)
||Co-requisites|| Students MUST also take:
Computer Communications and Networks (INFR10074) OR
Informatics Project Proposal (INFR11147)
||Other requirements|| This course requires reasonable programming skills in C/C++ and familiarity with basic concepts in operating systems and computer networking.
UG students who have passed Operating Systems and have passed or are currently taking Computer Communications and Networks will meet these requirements.
MSc students should have taken courses covering the following topics. Alternatively, they should be familiar with topics 1-5, and register for Computer Communications and Networks as a co-requisite.
1. Processes and threads
2. Thread synchronisation and semaphores
4. Virtual Memory
6. Internetworking, IP, IP addressing
7. ICMP, routing, NAT
8. UDP, TCP, congestion control
9. HTTP and DNS
10. Socket programming
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One piece of formative (0%) assessment will consist of students submitting a short proposal document, outlining the planned IoT prototype. The second piece of assessment is summative and requires marking an interim report documenting work achieved during the first phase of the projects (15%). The third piece of assessment is summative and requires marking the workshop-style papers that document the projects (35%). Students will be examined practically on a short presentation of their projects (15%).
Lectures will be accompanied by marked quizzes (5%)
The concepts learned will be evaluated through a written exam at the end of the semester.
Written Examination: 30%
Practical Examination: 15%
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Acquire good understanding of the Internet of Things concept and systems architecture;
- Operate with wireless technologies and networking protocols specific to IoT systems;
- Become familiar with standard security and privacy preserving mechanisms, and understand different cloud integration methods;
- Design, implement/emulate, and test a simple IoT system that may interface with peripherals;
- Write technical documentation of a research project and results obtained by means of experiments in a workshop style paper format.
|1. McKinsey Global Institute report - Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things.|
2. Nitesh Dhanjani - Abusing the Internet of Things: Blackouts, Freakouts, and Stakeouts
3. Adrian McEwan and Hakim Cassimally - Designing the Internet of Things.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Paul Patras
Tel: (0131 6)50 4408
|Course secretary||Miss Clara Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 4164