COMP3023J Wireless Sensor Networks

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module will equip the student to understand the challenges in developing and deploying wireless sensor networks (WSNs). These sensor networks are specialized networks of small devices that are designed to operate remotely. There is much active research carried out today to improve these networks and how they operate in varied applications. This course will cover the fundamentals of sensor systems, challenges in the operation of WSN, sensor hardware, power management, WSN protocols, routing in WSN, data fusion, sensor data, and data visualization.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The student will acquire knowledge to:
- The nature and form of sensor motes/platforms
- The challenges and limitations of such platforms in terms of the operating system, battery power, processor power, limited memory, etc.
- The duality of the function of sensor networks (routing and sensing)
- Autonomic wireless sensor networks
- Sensing case studies

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Continuous assessments
Critical writing
Reflective learning
Problem-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BDIC1047J - English for Uni Studies BDIC, BDIC1048J - English Gen Acad Purposes BDIC, BDIC2007J - English for Spec Acad Purposes, BDIC2015J - Acad Wrt & Comm Skills

Additional Information:
This module is delivered overseas and is not available to students based at the UCD Belfield or UCD Blackrock campuses.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Exam (In-person): Standard written exam End of trimester
2 hr(s)
Graded No


Assignment(Including Essay): Case study Week 10 Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

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