ELEC5511: Optical Communication Systems (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC5511: Optical Communication Systems (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Minasian, Robert
Session options: Semester 1
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Site(s) for this Unit: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This course will provide an understanding of the fundamental principles of optical fibre communication systems. It commences with a description of optical fibre propagation characteristics and transmission properties. We will then consider light sources and the fundamental principles of laser action in semiconductor and other lasers, and also the characteristics of optical transmitters based on semiconductor and electro-optic modulation techniques. The characteristics of optical amplifiers will also be discussed. On the receiver side, the principles of photodetection and optical receiver sensitivity will be discussed. Other aspects such as fibre devices and multiple wavelength division multiplexing techniques will also be discussed. Finally, the complete optical fibre communication system will be studied to enable the design of data transmission optical systems, local area networks and multi-channel optical systems.
Assumed Knowledge: ELEC3405 AND ELEC3505. -
Additional Notes: -
Lecturer/s: Professor Minasian, Robert
Timetable: ELEC5511 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 3.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Tutorials/Laboratories

Independent Study: Self-study; preparation for tutorials and laboratory; reading and study of notes, text and other references to master concepts covered in lectures.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Design and problem skills are developed in assignments nad computer laboratories. This inlcudes the optimum design of laser-based optical transmitters and a complete optical fibre communication system. Design (Level 4)
Gain an understanding of the principles of optical fibre communication systems. including optical fibre propagation characteristics and transmission properties, light sources and the laser action, optical transmitters, optical amplifiers, photodetection, and multiple wavelength division multiplexing techniques . Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Gain a detailed understanding of the fundamental concepts in fibre optic communications and utilise this in the design of complete optical communication systems to enable data transmission optical systems, local area networks and multi-channel optical systems. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
In addition to the undersatnding the text and lecture note framework, students need to do additional information searches to obtain necessary supplemantary material. Information Seeking (Level 2)
Students work in groups in laboratory work, and they need to communicate their work via a group laboratory report. Communication (Level 2)
Group work in labs and tutorials. Project and Team Skills (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 4)
1. Ability to design a complete optical fibre communication system to enable the design of data transmission optical systems, local area networks and multi-channel optical systems.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
2. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of optical fibre propagation characteristics and transmission properties, using the principles and knowledge developed throughout the course.
3. Capacity to demonstrate an understanding of light sources including the principles of laser action in semiconductors, the characteristics of optical transmitters based on semiconductor and external modulation techniques, and the characteristics of optical amplifiers.
4. Ability to describe the principles of photodetection and optical receiver sensitivity to the extent of the material presented.
5. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of fibre devices and multiple wavelength division multiplexing techniques to the extent of the material presented.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
6. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts in optical communications and apply the principles to the design of complete optical communication systems for data transmission and local area networks.
Information Seeking (Level 2)
7. Ability to undertake inquiry and knowledge development by first indentifying the information needs and then effectively targeting searches of various media and formats such as the internet, library databases and electronic publications and synthesising the information most pertinent to the project at hand.
8. Ability to make effective use of computer-based tools of analysis, visualisation and simulation in engineering work and draw out meaningful and applicable information, aiding a specific engineering project.
Communication (Level 2)
9. Ability to write reports to communicate technical and often complex material using clear and concise language, as well as a logic string of thought, for the presentation of lab and project work.
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
10. Ability to work in a team, assuming specific roles and responsibilities and drawing on the collective knowledge of the group to reach design solutions for optimised fibre transmission and optical transmitters.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Final Exam No 75.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
2 Assignment Yes 25.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
Assessment Description: Final Exam: Exam - 2 hours

Assignment: Assignments and Laboratory work
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp
Note on Resources: -

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Optical communication systems
Introduction: History, components, applications;
Week 2 Polarisation state of light wave
Optical fibre: Single and multi mode optical fibres;
Week 3 Fibre loss and loss compensation techniques;
Fibre dispersion
Week 4 Fibre modes
Maxwell’s equations;
Week 5 Principles of lasers
Optical sources, light emitted diodes (LED);
Week 6 Laser modulation response
Laser mode control, laser structures;
Week 7 Pulse modulation, laser temperature control;
Electro-optic and electro-absorption modulators
Week 8 Laser intensity noise, pulsed lasers;
Optical detectors (PIN and APD), detector noise
Week 9 Digital optical receiver design;
Optical receiver sensitivity
Week 10 Optical communication system design
Week 11 Semiconductor and fibre optical amplifiers;
Optical amplifier noise
Week 12 Dispersion compensation techniques;
Multichannel lightwave systems
Week 13 -
STUVAC (Week 14) -
Exam Period -
Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Computer Engineering 2010
Electrical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Bioelectronics) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014, 2011
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical / Arts 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Arts 2015
Electrical (Power) / Arts 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Arts 2015
Software 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software / Arts 2015
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications 2010
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2010, 2011, 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology 2015
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management 2015
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology 2015
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management 2015
Graduate Certificate in Engineering 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Engineering (Electrical) 2011, 2012
Master of Engineering (Network) 2012
Master of Engineering (Power) 2011, 2012
Master of Engineering (Wireless) 2012
Master of Information Technology 2015
Master of Information Technology Management 2015
Master of IT/Master of IT Management 2015
Master of Information Technology (till 2014) 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Telecommunications) 2013, 2014, 2015
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 15%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 60.01%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 15%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 5%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 2.5%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 2.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.