Course Title: Optical Fibre Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Optical Fibre Technology

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Thach Nguyen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2029

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To successfully complete this course, you should be familiar with the basic concepts of signals and systems. You should also be familiar with fundamental electromagnetic theory and the basic components of optical fibre systems. You will benefit from having a sound mathematical background in algebra, partial differential equations and vector calculus.

Course Description

In this course you will develop an understanding of more advanced concepts relating to optical fibre technology. You also will engage with specialised optical fibre, passive and active optical devices/components and integrated optics. Treatment of nonlinear optics and dispersion are given and their implications in modern Terabit per second communication systems are explained.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for students who commenced their program prior to 2023:

  1. 1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  1. 2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
  1. 2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes for students who commenced their program in 2023:

  • PLO1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering. 
  • PLO2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.    
  • PLO4: Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity. 

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain the fundamental operation of basic optical components such as waveguides, couplers, interferometers, modulators, optical amplifiers, arrayed waveguide gratings and fibre gratings.
  2. Select appropriate technologies for the implementation of optical fibre systems including filters, amplifiers and lasers.
  3. Understand and describe Terabit per second optical communication systems and associated technologies.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • Viewing pre-recorded lecture videos and attendance at tutorials where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • Completion of tutorial questions and laboratory projects designed to give you further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to receive feedback on your progress and understanding;
  • Completion of written laboratory report consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter;
  • Surveying and summarising the current literature so you gain a sense of the current state of the art in this rapidly changing field; and
  • Private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials electronically online and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. You will also use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Literature review and summary of specialised topic
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2:  Investigation assignment
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory reports
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 4: End of semester test
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3