Course Title: Use optical and radio frequency measuring instruments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EEET6968C

Course Title: Use optical and radio frequency measuring instruments

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4298 - Certificate IV in Telecommunications Networks Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Eddie Vanda
Telephone: +613 9925 4456

Kenneth Falzon
Telephone: +613 9925 4716

Kemps Cheng
Telephone 9925 4691

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to set up and use hand-held optical and radio frequency (RF) communications instruments in order to perform installations, upgrades and fault-finding on optical and RF equipment. The complexity of the measurements performed is suitable for entry-level practitioners.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement but users should confirm requirements with the relevant federal, state or territory authority.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTBWN3205A Use optical and radio frequency measuring instruments


1.Prepare to use measuring instruments

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Obtain approval for site access with customer of site owner prior to site entry

1.2 Identify the purpose of the test and the type of measurement required

1.3 Select the appropriate tools and instruments according to the required neasurement

1.4 Check tools and instruments and calibrate to ensure accuracy

1.5 Obtain resources required

1.6 Devise and implement risk control measures in consultation with appropriate personnel and document safety hazards


2.Conduct measurements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Follow site-specific safety requirements and enterprise occupational health and safety (OHS) processes and procedures

2.2 Set up test equipment according to manufacturer’s instructions and safe industry practice

2.3 Perform measurement using knowledge of appropriate testing testing techniques to access the overall system performance

2.4 Record and interpret test results and compare with standard test specificatioons

2.5 Clean work area and make safe according to established procedures


3.Document measurement results

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Document test result and make recommendations to achieve optimum performance

3.2 Notify customer of work completion

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,practicals, and interaction with individuals and groups within the Telecommunications area.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1: Introduction and Overview of Course
Week 2: Introduction of OHS
Week 3: Basic optical systems
Week 4: Types of optical fibre & Connectors
Week 5: Connection of optical fibre systems
Week 6: Knowledge of dB for the measurement (It includes dB, dBm, dBmV)
Week 7: How to use different type of connectors and cable for the measurement
Week 8: Optical and RF Assignment (given this week and due by Week 12)
Week 9: Types of instruments to be used for different type of measurement
Week 10: Optical measurement
Week 11: Basic radio systems
Week 12: Radio transmitters (Assignment due)
Week 13: Radio receivers
Week 14: RF cables and antennas
Week 15: Type of RF instrument to be used
Week 16: Revision
Week 17-18: Optical and RF Practical Test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

Workbooks will be available electronically for students to use during class.  

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks section of Course Guide Part B.

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following two assessment tasks:

1. Optical and RF Assignment - given out week 8 due week 12
2. Optical and RF Practical Test - Week 17-18

All assessment tasks need to be successfully completed to demonstrate competence.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not yet Competent
DNS Did not Submit

Assessment Matrix

Assessment TaskElement
Optical and RF AssignmentElements 1, 2 and 3
Optical and RF Practical TestElements 1, 2 and 3

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails. 

Student Directed Hours

* In this course, minimum student directed hours are 6 in addition to 34 scheduled teaching hours.
* Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignment, and  individual
student-teacher course-related consultation.

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