Internet-of-Things and Embedded System Practice (883H1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or 'things' with embedded electronics, software, sensors and/or connectivity. These 'things' achieve greater value and better service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices.

In this module, we introduce you to IoT concepts, building blocks, applications and ecosystems. We support you with a series of exercises, covering basic principles to more advanced IoT system design.

You will get hands-on experience in building an IoT system by integrating sensor devices and cloud to remotely monitor and control sensor data from any internet devices, such as PC or smart phone.

You cover topics including:

  • introduction to IoT
  • IoT architecture and components
  • IoT connectivity protocols
  • cloud platform and management for IoT
  • emerging software-defined networks and virtualisation for IoT
  • IoT vertical applications (vehicle, industry, ehealth).

AHEP4 Learning Outcomes: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M7, M12, M13, M16, M17.


42%: Lecture
58%: Practical (Laboratory)


100%: Coursework (Oral examination, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 50 hours of contact time and about 100 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.