Course Title: Transmission Medium

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Transmission Medium

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: William Lau

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4703

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.05.029

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Student are expected to have completed MATH2167 Mathematics 1 and EEET2279 Advanced Electrical Theory

Course Description

This course covers the concepts of analog communication systems and basic optical transmission including but not restricted to electronic communication systems analog communication (AM/FM), transmission line theory, photonics, communication medium, optical and electrical transmission systems, basic optical communications link, basic wave, ray and particle light theory, concepts of optical transmission, safety procedures optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) and photonic measurements.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will gain or improve capabilities in:
Technical Competence:
• TC1: the knowledge in the principle of operation for various communication mediums includes transmission line, optical fibre and photonics.
• TC4: with its laboratory component, this course emphasis on measurement, diagnostic, testing and problem solving related to transmission line and optical fibre transmission
Integrative Perspective:
• IP1: with an established understanding of transmission principles in various medium, this course prepares the students to apply technology in conjunction with established theory to analyse problems.
Professional Practice:
• PP2: Student communication and working in teams capabilities will be improved through presentation of written reports and group work in laboratory and design projects.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• Develop the concepts of basic theory and operation of analog communication systems, transmission line and fibre optic theory,
• Implement basic transmission line theory to determine velocity of propagation and measure AC steady state phenomena such as standing wave pattern, impedance transformation, reflection coefficient, VSWR and propagation constant,
• Match a transmission line to any given load,
• Analyse power flow on transmission lines under AC steady state excitation,
• Develop the concepts of fundamentals of propagation of light on optical fibres and characteristic of optical fibre,
• Describe the optical concepts encountered in photonics components,
• Follow Occupational Health and Safety policy and procedures,
• Perform basic measurement techniques.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:
• Attendance at lectures and laboratory sessions where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
• Participate in classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory and application of analog communication (AM & FM), transmission line theory and applications, optical fibre transmission;
• Participate in individual and team based problem solving practical scenarios relating to transmission mediums;
• Completion of tutorial questions and practical laboratory projects to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• Completion of design projects in impedance matching circuits using transmission line;
• Participate in development of testing procedure to verify the performance specification, diagnosis of faults in the circuits and completion of the commission;
• Completion of written and practical assignments, consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; 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

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT) 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. Students will also use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises of a mixture of written and assessable practical assignments, progress tests and a final exam in either short answer, multi choice or a mixture of the two. Written assignments and the presentation will be used to provide feedback to students on their progress in the course during the semester.