Module Catalogues

Principle and Application of RFID

Module Title Principle and Application of RFID
Module Level Level 3
Module Credits 5.00

Aims and Fit of Module

The module aims to build knowledge in the fundamentals and use of RFID theory,
to introduce EPC global standards,
to provide an introduction and describes architectures of both readers and tags,
to provide coverage of networking protocols that involve host and multiple readers,
and to introduce related technologies including bar codes, wireless sensor networks as well as other wireless technologies used for tagging and localization.

Learning outcomes

A.Demonstrate understanding and application of  the terminology, hardware and software of an RFID system.
B.Demonstrate understanding and application of the architecture of electronic data carriers, transponder with memory function and microprocessors-based RFID.
C. Describe the architecture of an analog frontend of reader and tag and the architecture of the control unit.
D. Discuss the properties of the RFID technology in individual frequency bands.
E. Identify the major pieces of an RFID system and best practices to implement them.
F. Quantify the performance and limitations of different types of RFID systems.

Method of teaching and learning

The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments.
Lectures: Students will be expected to attend formal lectures in a typical week. Formal lectures will be used to introduce students to the concepts and methods covered by the module.
Labs/practicals: Supporting labs are held each week in which students work under staff guidance on problem sets designed to reinforce understanding of the lecture material with the possibility of immediate feedback.
Private study: In a typical week students will be expected to devote unsupervised time to private study; private study will provide time for reflection and understanding of lecture materials, background reading and completion of the assessment tasks.
Assessments: Assessments will be used to test to the extent of theoretical ideas grasped.
A final examination at the end of the module will assess the academic achievement of students.