COMP08152 2018 Internet of Things : Creating Value

General Details

Full Title
Internet of Things : Creating Value
Transcript Title
Internet of Things : Creating
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Subject Area
COMP - Computing
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2018 - Full Academic Year 2018-19
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Diane O'Brien, Mr. John Kelleher, Therese Hume
Programme Membership
SG_KSMAR_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Smart Technologies

This module provides an examination of how IoT systems can be designed to create value for businesses and citizens in a range of application areas such as  smart cities, smart environments, building management, energy management, manufacturing,  transportation, healthcare, environmental management etc. It will have a significant research/project based component to enable trans-disciplinary, collaborative projects.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Appraise complex problems using a range of techniques


Design an IoT solution to address a complex problem


Assess the benefits and costs (organisational, environmental, monetary) of particular IoT solutions


Evaluate IoT solutions using a range of criteria

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be a research-based module aimed at developing the critical skills required to analyse, design, assess and evaluate IoT solutions over a range of environments. Lectures and workshops will be used to deliver and explore  the theoretical aspects as appropriate. Skills will initially be developed through detailed case studies in designated areas, and built on through practical project work which may involve a trans-disciplinary element, for example working with environmental and social science students on an environmental monitoring project, or with architecture students on a building management system. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Workshop participation will be assessed, through the maintenance of a weekly logbook together with the documentation of specific outputs for four workshops (5% each to cover workshop outputs and foundational activities which may take place in different weeks).

The remainder of marks  will be based on a research project with written and practical components. 

Repeat Assessments

Project/repeat workshops as required.

Indicative Syllabus

Appraise complex problems using a range of techniques

Wicked, complex problems and the possibility of "smart" solutions.

Systems thinking as a lens: types of system.

Systems modelling : rich pictures, influence diagrams, system dynamics

Design an IoT solution to address a complex problem

Areas of application: Building systems, energy systems, transport, industrial systems

Researching, designing and prototyping an IoT intervention utilising a range of perspectives.

Assess the benefits and costs (organisational, environmental, monetary) of particular IoT solutions

Using e.g. whole systems assessments, business cases, TCO, cost/benefit analyses  to assess benefits and costs of IoT solutions. 

Evaluate IoT solutions using a range of criteria

Use of frameworks and standards to critically appraise IoT solutions . Ethical, environmental and security issues should also be addressed here.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Workshop Input Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 5 % Week 2 1
2 Workshop Input Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 5 % Week 4 2
3 Workshop Input Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 5 % Week 7 3
4 Workshop Input Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 5 % Week 9 4
5 Research Project Project Project 80 % Week 13 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Computer Laboratory Workshop 2 Fortnightly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Project and case study work 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Case studies and Group work 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2017-06-16 Smart Cities: The Internet of Things, People and Systems Springer
ISBN 331960029X ISBN-13 9783319600291
Recommended Reading
2017-06-21 Smart Cities: Foundations, Principles, and Applications Wiley

Provides the foundations and principles needed for addressing the various challenges of developing smart cities

Smart cities are emerging as a priority for research and development across the world. They open up significant opportunities in several areas, such as economic growth, health, wellness, energy efficiency, and transportation, to promote the sustainable development of cities. This book provides the basics of smart cities, and it examines the possible future trends of this technology. Smart Cities: Foundations, Principles, and Applications provides a systems science perspective in presenting the foundations and principles that span multiple disciplines for the development of smart cities.

Divided into three partsfoundations, principles, and applicationsSmart Cities addresses the various challenges and opportunities of creating smart cities and all that they have to offer. It also covers smart city theory modeling and simulation, and examines case studies of existing smart cities from all around the world. In addition, the book:

  • Addresses how to develop a smart city and how to present the state of the art and practice of them all over the world
  • Focuses on the foundations and principles needed for advancing the science, engineering, and technology of smart citiesincluding system design, system verification, real-time control and adaptation, Internet of Things, and test beds
  • Covers applications of smart cities as they relate to smart transportation/connected vehicle (CV) and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for improved mobility, safety, and environmental protection

Smart Cities: Foundations, Principles, and Applications is a welcome reference for the many researchers and professionals working on the development of smart cities and smart city-related industries.

Recommended Reading
2016-11-09 Building the Internet of Things: Implement New Business Models, Disrupt Competitors, Transform Your Industry Wiley

Connect your organization to the Internet of Things with solid strategy and a proven implementation plan

Building Internet of Things provides front-line business decision makers with a practical handbook for capitalizing on this latest transformation. Focusing on the business implications of Internet of Things (IoT), this book describes the sheer impact, spread, and opportunities arising every day, and how business leaders can implement IoT today to realize tangible business advantages. The discussion delves into IoT from a business, strategy and organizational standpoint, and includes use-cases that illustrate the ripple effect that this latest disruption brings; you'll learn how to fashion a viable IoT plan that works with your organization's strategy and direction, and how to implement that strategy successfully by integrating IoT into your organization tomorrow.

For business managers, the biggest question surrounding the Internet of Things is what to do with it. This book examines the way IoT is being used todayand will be used in the futureto help you craft a robust plan for your organization.

  • Grasp the depth and breadth of the Internet of Things
  • Create a secure IoT recipe that aligns with your company's strategy
  • Capitalize on advances while avoiding disruption from others
  • Leverage the technical, organizational, and social impact of IoT

In the past five years, the Internet of Things has become the new frontier of technology that has everyone talking. It seems that almost every week a major vendor announces a new IoT strategy or division; is your company missing the boat? Learn where IoT fits into your organization, and how to turn disruption into profit with the expert guidance in Building the Internet of Things.

Recommended Reading
2016-12-19 The Internet of Things and Business (Routledge Focus on Business and Management) Routledge

The internet of things (IoT) has the potential to change how we live and work. It represents the next evolution of the computing revolution and will see the embedding of information and communication technologies within machines at home and in the workplace and across a broad range of industrial processes. The effect will be a radical restructuring of industries and business models driven by massive flows of data providing new insights into how the man-made and natural worlds work.

The Internet of Things & Business explores the business models emerging from the IoT and considers the challenges as well as the opportunities they pose to businesses around the world. Via real examples and a range of international case studies, the reader will develop an understanding of how this technology revolution will impact on the business world as well as on broader society.

Recommended Reading
2016-10-12 Industrial Internet of Things: Cybermanufacturing Systems (Springer Series in Wireless Technology) Springer

This book develops the core system science needed to enable the development of a complex industrial internet of things/manufacturing cyber-physical systems (IIoT/M-CPS). Gathering contributions from leading experts in the field with years of experience in advancing manufacturing, it fosters a research community committed to advancing research and education in IIoT/M-CPS and to translating applicable science and technology into engineering practice.

Presenting the current state of IIoT and the concept of cybermanufacturing, this book is at the nexus of research advances from the engineering and computer and information science domains. Readers will acquire the core system science needed to transform to cybermanufacturing that spans the full spectrum from ideation to physical realization.

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