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CRN: 74184

Credits : 4

Description

The telecommunications network has been evolving from one that is electronic in nature to an electro-optical networking system.  Fiber optics technology is playing a major role in this evolution.  In addition, further developments are expected to result in an all-optical core network with the highest transmission speeds.  Technicians working in the field will need an understanding of this important subject matter.  This course covers the fundamentals of fiber optics and related optical components.  Additional discussion is given on how these devices are being used in current optical telecommunications networks.  Topics include the physical principles governing optical fiber, fiber optic network architectures, optical switching and routing, and the impact of optical fiber on the telecommunications industry.


Goals and Objectives
  • To explain how different types of optical fiber are used in communications and industry
  • To understand how optical fiber guides light
  • To differentiate between the various types of cabling
  • To perform hands on work with fiber optics components
  • To analyze how light sources and detectors function
  • To research and evaluate the various reasons for the adoption of optical networking in the telecommunications industry

Prerequisites
  • A.S. In Applied Information Technology, Telecommunications Track:
    • AIT235  Telecommunications II / Signal Transmission for Telecommunications
  • A.S. In Applied Information Technology, Networking Technologies Track:
    • AIT235  Telecommunications II / Signal Transmission for Telecommunications
  • A.S. In Applied Information Technology, Wireless Networking Track:
  • A.S. In Applied Information Technology, Video Technologies Track:
    • AIT235  Telecommunications II / Signal Transmission for Telecommunications
  • A.S. In Applied Information Technology, Mobile Technologies Track:
    • AIT235  Telecommunications II / Signal Transmission for Telecommunications
  • A.S. In Applied Information Technology, Cyber Security:
    • AIT235  Telecommunications II / Signal Transmission for Telecommunications


Course Materials

Course Topics
WEEK TOPIC ASSESSMENTS
Introduction to Fiber and Fiber Optic Components  Exam 1 
Communications and Types of Optical Fiber  Exam 2 
Fiber Properties, Materials and Manufacture  Exam 3
Begin Lab Project 
Special Fibers and Cabling  Exam 4 
Light Sources and Transmitters  Exam 5 
Receivers, Repeaters, and Amplifiers  Exam 6
PROCTORED MIDTERM EXAM 
Connectors, Splices, and Couplers  Exam 7
Topic for Research Paper Due 
WDM, Switches, and Modulators  Exam 8 
Fiber Measurements and Troubleshooting  Exam 9 
10  Networking and Standards  Exam 10 
11  System Design  Exam 11
Lab Project Due
Research Paper Due 
12  Course Review  PROCTORED FINAL EXAM 


Proctor Information

Proctor Information

Please note that this course requires a proctor. Specific details are provided under the COURSE INFORMATION section in each Blackboard course.

 

NACTEL:  You can read more about the proctoring program and steps needed to obtain an approved proctor by clicking on this link:  Proctoring Program.

 

iPace:  You will use an online proctoring service called ProctorU, whereby you’ll be able to take your proctored exams from home. You will not need to physically go somewhere to take your online exams. Under the Course Information section of your Blackboard course you will find more information on this service and what you need to do to set up your account if you have not done so previously.





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