Technologies for generating, distributing, amplifying, and routing signals with fiber. Advanced analog and digital fiber systems. Degrading factors. Optical networks.
Ever-growing capacity demand of current communications networks caused by the proliferation of new services and applications requiring increasingly higher bandwidths is nowadays responsible for the relevance of research and development of photonic technologies and systems which support current and future optical communication systems. In this context, knowledge and technical skills in advanced optical communications provide the ability to design, implement and operate telecommunications infrastructure and service systems based on next-generation optical communications to future professionals.
Competencies and learning outcomes
- Ability to plan, calculate and design products, processes and facilities in all areas of telecommunications engineering.
- Capacity for mathematical modeling, calculation and simulation technology centers and engineering companies, particularly in research, development and innovation in all areas related to the Telecommunications Engineering and related multidisciplinary fields.
- Ability to implement the acquired knowledge and resolve problems in new or unfamiliar contexts and broader mulitidisciplinares, being able to integrate knowledge.
- Ability to understand the ethical responsibility and professional ethics of the activity of the profession of telecommunications engineer.
- Ability to learn to communicate (oral and written) findings, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to public-skilled and unskilled in a clear and unambiguous.
- Possess skills for self-directed and autonomous lifelong learning.
- Knowledge, understanding and ability to implement the necessary legislation in the exercise of the profession of Telecommunications Engineer.
Objectives (Learning outcomes)
- Students will acquire an overview of different technologies used in current optical communication systems
- Students will learn in detail the operation and characteristics of optical devices used in current optical networks
- Students will identify degrading or limiting effects which affect the quality of transmitted signals
- Students will acquire the knowledge to implement advanced techniques for minimizing the impact of impairments in optical communication systems
- Students will learn fundamentals in which coherent detection schemes are based
- Students will know different operation schemes depending on the coherent modulation format considered
- Students will know the current structure of optical communication networks and advanced optical devices
- Students will have good command of the most important issues about standards followed by current optical networks
Methodology and grading
- Lecture: Pass on knowledge and activate cognitive processes in students, encouraging their participation.
- Problem-based learning: Develop active learning strategies through problem solving that promote thinking, experimentation, and decision making in the student.
- Project-based learning: Realization of a project to solve a problem, applying acquired learning and promoting abilities related to planning, design, performing activities, and reaching conclusions.
- Solving exercises and problems: Exercise, test, and apply previous knowledge through routine repetition.
- Type / Mode
In the ordinary call (June), students can choose between a continuous evaluation method by assignments or a single assessment through a final examination, as detailed below.
In extraordinary calls (September, December or end of studies) students can be only evaluated by a final examination.
- Method of continuous evaluation by assignments
Students choosing this option must submit individual assignments and reports proposed during the class about theoretical topics, practice seasons, seminars and the review of questionnaires on assigned dates. Attendance at classes (from 80%) with development and active participation will be considered. Reports and questionnaires submitted will not be considered for subsequent years.
- Single assessment method with final exam
Students choosing this option in the ordinary call should be noted it in the exam, meaning thereby waiving the merits achieved for continuous evaluation option, if that option had been initiated previously.
The evaluation of the subject is done by an only examination of the entire syllabus, including the practice seasons and seminars.
The minimum duration of the examination is 2 hours and a half, consisting of the resolution of a test (40% of grade) and problems / theoretical questions about the syllabus (40% of grade) and theoretical questions about the practice seasons and seminars (20%).
Test questions present multiple choices, with a penalty in the wrong answers. It is not allowed to use notes, books and calculators in this part.
Regarding the evaluation of problems and questions: development and formal logical presentation are considered, calculation and correct numerical resolution are required and discussion of the results and conclusions are highly valued. It is not allowed to use notes and books in this part. Problems not explained and minimally developed will not be assessed.
Other requirements for single examination.
Calculator is needed for the resolution of problems. Nor programmable calculator nor calculators with data connection are allowed. The use of mobile phones is not allowed. The use of books and notes is not required. The necessary formulae will be given in the statements. It is mandatory to attend the exam provided with identity card or UMH student card. Students who do not respect this rule will be excluded.