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2.5.2 Assignment
Weight: 30%
Type of Collaboration: Individual
Due: 11:59pm, 4th June 2021
Submission: The assignment is to be submitted to Turnitin by the due date.
Format: The assignment is an individual assessment item. Students are expected to do some literature research on a topic about modern multimedia communication systems and produce a written report from the literature research. A number of possible topics are given in Instructions below and a student must choose one and only one of the topics for the assignment.
Length: 3000 words
Curriculum Mode: Report
Prepare a report of 3000 words on a modern application of digital multimedia communications. The application should be of significant value. Possible topics are:
– Multimedia real-time video streaming
– Multimedia communications in eHealth
– Multimedia communications via modern networks, such as wireless sensor networks, cognitive radio networksor Internet of Things. Note that one type of networks should only be included.
– Multi-user video conferencing
– High efficiency video coding and its applications
– Machine learning in multimedia communication systems
A student must choose one of the above topics for the report. The written contents of the report can be divided into Introduction, Main Report Body and Conclusion.
The Main Report Body should consist of three parts:
– Application itself
– Multimedia techniques and/or technology used in the application
– Communication techniques and/or technology used in the application
Basic source coding techniques which are already covered in the unit materials of this unit should not be covered in details in the report. Multimedia techniques and technology may include the acquisition of the multimedia, and should include the coding of the acquired multimedia, communication technology, such as techniques, devices, protocols and/or standards used in the application. Similarly, basic communication techniques, protocols and standards, and those which are already covered in the unit materials of this unit should not be covered in details in the report. Multimedia communication technologies, protocols and standards to be covered in lectures include basic data compression techniques, JPEG, JPEG2000, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, H.261, H.263, RTP, RTCP, SIP, STP, SDP, and RSVP. Detailed materials in an assignment submission, which overlap lecture materials in general and the listed protocols in particular, may not be counted. However, detailed materials of these protocols and standards may be included in the report if these materials are not already covered in the lectures.
In summary, the report should at least cover the application part, the multimedia part of the application, and the communication part of the application. These three parts must belong to the same application area. There should be balance, in contents as well as in details, in the coverage of these three parts in the report.
The 3000 words are for the report contents only. Although the amount of words is small, words used in the front cover, table of contents, references, diagrams, and tables, etc., are not counted.
Students are expected to do their own literature research and any reference used must be quoted at the end of the whole report. A small amount of direct quoting of sentences and small paragraphs, properly quoted and referenced, from literatures may be used in the report to refer to other people’s statements and to initiate discussions or descriptions in the report. However, the report should mostly be written by the student’s own words, with reference to the
literatures if necessary. Too much direct quoting in the report will be penalized, in a sense that it will reduce the effective amount of the student’s contributions to the report.
Please note that Turnitin, an originality checker, is to be used to report on the amount of written contribution from the student to the submitted report. A report must only be submitted for this unit only.
Tables and diagrams should be used to organize data, and should be drawn by the students. Direct copying of tables and figures from literatures may be ignored. Any sources of data must be referenced. References, tables and diagrams (properly captioned) should NOT be placed in the main body of the report. Instead they should be placed at the end of the report. Students should avoid simply listing a large number of points in point-format in the description part of the report. A list of points, which is effectively a table, may be marked as such.
Given the word limit of 3000 specified in the assignment, materials written too far beyond this word limit may not be marked.
More details about this assignment will be placed on vUWS for this unit during the Session.
Library resources, especially relevant IEEE Transactions and Magazines via IEEE Xplore:
Marking Criteria:
Criteria High Distinction Distinction Credit Pass Unsatisfactory
Introduction Balanced and
closely related introduction, good outline of objectives
and structure
85% - 100% Good balanced introduction, outline of objectives and structure of the
75% - 84% Appropriate balanced
introduction, outline of some objectives and structure of the
65% - 74% Some introduction, outline of some objectives and structure of the
50% - 64% Superficial introduction.
Main report body A balanced covering of the three required areas with good breadth and depth 85% - 100% A balanced covering of the three required areas with appropriate breadth and depth
75% - 84% A balanced covering of the three required areas
65% - 74% Mainly coverage two of the required
areas only
50% - 64% Mainly covering one of the required
areas only
Conclusion Balanced introduction closely related to contents and closely mapping stated objectives from the introduction
85% - 100% Good balanced conclusion derived from contents and mapping stated objectives from the introduction
75% - 84% Appropriate balanced conclusion derived from contents,
65% - 74% Some conclusion derived from contents
50% - 64% Superficial conclusion.
Literature research and references Balanced and
closely relevant, and appropriately quoted, from high-quality sources
85% - 100% Appropriate balanced references from high- quality sources and quoted appropriately in the
75% - 84% Appropriate balanced references from appropriate sources and quoted appropriately in the
65% - 74% Some references on some areas, but lack of references in others, and not quoted in the report
50% - 64% No list of references or some references from low-quality sources
Use of diagrams and tables Good-quality, balanced and closely relevant diagrams and tables
85% - 100% Good-quality diagrams and tables
used appropriately
75% - 84% Adequate number of diagrams and tables used
65% - 74% Some diagrams and
50% - 64% No diagrams and tables, or copied and pasted from sources
Report format Complying with the format specifications given
in the Assignment
85% - 100% Good formatting with minor omissions.
75% - 84% Adequate formatting with some omissions and
65% - 74% Adequate formatting with omissions and misplacements
50% - 64% Minimal formatting

Additional Information
Marking Guide
Report Items Max Marks
Introduction 2
Main report body 22
Application 8
Multimedia 7
Communications 7
Conclusions 1.5
References 1
Diagrams and Tables 2
Report format 1.5
Total 30
The above table shows the guide on how marks are allocated to each of the report items. The marks shown are the maximum possible marks allocated. A total of 22 marks are allocated to the main body of the report. To obtain these marks, this part of the report must be closely relevant to the assignment specifications above.
The main body of the report, generally speaking, consists of three areas, i.e. application, multimedia and communication. The marks in italics in the above table show the maximum marks which can be obtained if only that area is described in the report. As mentioned before, these three parts must belong to the same application area. Marks will be deducted, substantially, if the three parts are not related to the same application.
Given the word limit of 3000 specified in the assignment, materials written too far beyond this word limit may not be marked.
Note that the report will be marked based on quantity as well as quality. The table Marking Criteria in the Learning Guide outlines the criteria with regard to the contents of each of the required components.
? Annotated exemplar
In general, as far as the contents of the technical report are concerned, examples of technical reports in multimedia communication systems can be obtained from various technical magazines, transactions, and journals. These materials are widely available from the library especially via online access, for example, to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library: Technical articles in the IEEE Communications Magazine are examples of technical reports in the postgraduate and professional levels in the areas of communications:
Specifically for the assignment, the technical report should have a one-page cover, showing the title of the report, the author (and the author’s affiliation), and the year (and month) the report is written. For example, the following shows an example of the materials which should appear on the front page of a technical report. The font sizes of the above should be adjusted to suit their appearances on a single page:
Page 1 of 2
An Overview of the IEEE 802.15 Standard
Hon Cheung
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics Western Sydney University
February 2021
Following the front page of the technical report should be the table of contents. Examples of table of contents are available from most of the publications, e.g. technical articles, books, etc. A technical report should be properly sectioned. This is reflected also in the table of contents. The following lists a segment of an example table of contents:
Contents Page
1. Introduction ........................................................................................1
2. Overview of WiMax ..........................................................................2
2.1 MAC-Layer Overview ..............................................................2

5. Conclusions ........................................................................................10
References ................................................................................................11
Tables ...................................................................................................12
Diagrams ..................................................................................................16
Although double-column is widely used in articles published in technical magazines, for this assignment, it is not necessary to use double column and single-column must be used.
References used in the report should be listed in References. Any reference style specified in may be used or students may use the reference style used in IEEE publications. References should be quoted in the main body of the report. For example, if IEEE reference style is used, the reference is quoted [N] where N is the number given to the reference in the list of references.
Tables and diagrams should be used in a technical report. They should be suitably captioned and described in the main body of the report. There are different ways to caption a table or a diagram. Students may use any common method or use the method in IEEE publications, i.e. the caption is placed below the figure or table. The following shows an example.
Figure 1. A typical speech signal in the time domain
The above examples illustrate some aspects of a technical report. These aspects have some impacts on the marks given to a report as far as marking is concerned as can be seen in the marking guide. However, as can also be seen in the marking guide, most of the marks are allocated to the main body of the report and as mentioned before, the main contents of the report are marked by their relevance to what is specified in the assignment.
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