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ENEE20003 - Optical Fibre Communications

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will develop an understanding of optical fibre communications from the basic components up to the system levels. You will analyse various fibre link parameters including loss, bandwidth and error rate. You will characterise optical components and systems using practical experiments and advanced simulation tools during laboratory sessions for on-campus students or during residential school for mixed mode students. You will conduct a literature review into a specialised topic and utilise the advanced knowledge to design sophisticated systems. Upon completion of this unit, you will gain advanced knowledge to analyse and design complex optical communication systems. Prior knowledge of basic concepts of electrical circuit analysis, signals and linear systems and fundamental electromagnetic theory is assumed.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Melbourne
Mixed Mode
Perth
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Melbourne
Perth
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Melbourne
Perth
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Melbourne
Perth
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Melbourne
Perth
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Literature Review or Systematic Review 20%
2. Project (applied) 50%
3. Practical Assessment 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
Students found that the practical laboratories were very useful and enhanced their understanding of the lecture materials.
Recommendation
Laboratory exercises and practical experiments are important learning components within this unit. These will be kept and improved.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
There is no local teaching staff in the Perth campus who is familiar with this unit and with the simulation software to assist students during the project work.
Recommendation
Local teaching staff with knowledge of the unit and the simulation software will be recruited or trained to support the students in Perth more effectively. Alternatively, the lecturer or the unit coordinator can travel to Perth and spends a week prior to the project submission to assist the students there face-to-face.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Coordinator's observation
Feedback
Group assessments worked well for the more engaged students but provided insufficient learning encouragements for the remaining students.
Recommendation
Assessment tasks will be revised and individual assessments will be introduced to allow better assessment of individual students and at the same time encourage regular and steady learning of the covered material throughout the entire term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
Students found that the assignment return needs improvement.
Recommendation
Some assessment tasks will be brought forward to allow returning of feedback prior to the end of term and also the online tests will be introduced to provide quick feedback to students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse optical components including advanced models of optical transmitter, receiver and optical fibre
  2. Predict system performances through advanced modelling of loss, bandwidth and error rate using the state of the art simulation tools
  3. Design sophisticated fibre optic systems using advanced technologies
  4. Research advanced topics and emerging technologies in the optical communications field
  5. Document and communicate professional engineering information, including computer-based simulations and drawings using appropriate electrical engineering standards, terminology and symbols
  6. Scope, plan, manage and successfully complete engineering projects autonomously and in teams with responsible, ethical and professional attitude regarding the role of engineers.

We are seeking accreditation for the Masters of Engineering. This will be a unit in that course.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Practical Assessment