TTM4137 - Wireless Network Security


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Technical essay 30/100
Home examination 70/100 4 hours

Course content

This course presents network security protocols and cryptographic communication mechanisms for realizing specified security properties in wireless and mobile networks, such as secrecy, integrity, authentication, privacy, crypto key distribution, and access control. The course will study a selection of security functionalities and principles, adapted from current best practice in personal area networks, local area networks, and global mobile networks. In addition we seek to include interesting security protocols and mechanisms emerging in the Internet developments.  

Learning outcome

A. Knowledge:

1) The course will provide knowledge of information security technology and methods for communication systems that provide services for mobile users by wireless access networks.

2) Knowledge and understanding of security mechanisms and protocols in wireless communication networks.

3) Knowledge about some of the models, design principles, mechanisms, and solutions used in wireless network security to obtain secrecy, integrity, authentication, privacy, crypto key distribution, and access control.


B. Skills:

1) The student will acquire practice and analytical skills in information security assessment of technology and methods for communication systems that provide services for mobile users by wireless access networks.

2) Each student selects after interests and motivation, under supervision, a technical topic to study within wireless security that is not part of the lectured syllabus, and writes a short concise technical essay (~4 pages) presenting the topic studied.


C. General competence:

1) Document preparation and structuring of a technical essay using LaTeX and related tools.

Learning methods and activities

The course makes use of lectures, exercises, a one week lab project performed as group work, and an individual writing assignment (technical essay) where the topic is chosen by the student in consultation with the professor (about 60 hours work is the expected level for this assignment).

The lab project and report are compulsory and must be approved in order to qualify for the final exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Lab project and report

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a technical essay which counts 30% and a written final exam which counts 70%. The results for the parts are given in %-scores. The entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.

The written exam is given in English only. The exam can be answered in English or in Norwegian. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. If a student also after the re-sit exam has the final grade F/failed, the student must repeat the entire course portfolio.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

TTM4135 Applied cryptography and network security, or equivalent.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the term. (Earlier, two textbooks have been used: Forsberg et al., LTE Security, John Wiley & Sons, 2010. Edney, Arbaugh: Real 802.11 Security, Addison-Wesley 2004.) In addition, there will be lecture notes and selected articles available.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Safety and Reliability
  • Telematics
  • Information Security
  • Communication Technology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Technical essay 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination (1) 70/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Technical essay 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home examination 70/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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