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.
|Student Contribution Band||SCA 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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Compulsory Residential School
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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).
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.
|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%).
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Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% response rate.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
We are seeking accreditation for the Masters of Engineering. This will be a unit in that course.
|Assessment Tasks||Learning Outcomes|
|1 - Literature Review or Systematic Review||•||•|
|2 - Project (applied)||•||•||•||•||•|
|3 - Practical Assessment||•||•||•||•|
|Graduate Attributes||Learning Outcomes|
|1 - Knowledge||•||•||•||•|
|2 - Communication||•||•|
|3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills||•|
|4 - Research||•|
|5 - Self-management||•||•|
|6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility||•|
|7 - Leadership||•|
|Assessment Tasks||Graduate Attributes|
|1 - Literature Review or Systematic Review||•||•||•||•|
|2 - Project (applied)||•||•||•||•||•|
|3 - Practical Assessment||•||•||•||•||•||•|