Course Title: Use advanced optical test equipment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EEET6971C

Course Title: Use advanced optical test equipment

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

Nominal Hours: 50

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 test optical communication systems and components using advanced optical test equipment. It involves using the optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR), optical spectrum analyser (OSA) and optical return loss (ORL) test set for performance testing and link budget calculation.

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National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTOPN4116A Use advanced optical test equipment


1.Prepare to use advanced optical measuring instruments

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Obtain relevant legislation, codes, regulations and standards for compliance when conducting work
1.2.Notify customer for site access, security arrangements and location details of optical system and test purpose
1.3.Identify site hazards and notify appropriate personnel to make site safe
1.4.Devise and implement risk control measures of hazards with handling of optical fibres and lasers in consultation with appropriate personnel
1.5.Prepare a testing plan indicating the type of measurement, procedures and nominated wavelength and seek approval from customer
1.6.Select the appropriate tools and test instruments according to the required measurement and enterprise practice


2.Evaluate optical performance and link budget using advanced optical test equipment

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Set up test instrument according to manufacturer's instructions and occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental requirements
2.2.Perform measurement using knowledge of appropriate testing techniques and advanced test equipment in a safe manner to evaluate the performance of optical system and component
2.3.Record test results and compare with standard test specifications from manufacturer's and enterprise guidelines
2.4.Perform end-to-end measurements on an optical link to a customer and record test results and test points
2.5.Calculate the optical losses for a link budget figure of an optical link to determine if within operational margins as specified in manufacturer's manual
2.6.Evaluate the test results and report on the functionality of the optical component or equipment and the performance of the optical link


3.Document measurement results

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Document test results for future reference and make recommendations on optimising component and system performance
3.2.Clean worksite and make safe according to the enterprise requirements and to customer satisfaction
3.3.Notify appropriate personnel of job completion for sign off and present test documentations

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:
Relevant legislation, codes, regulations and standards

Week 3:
Site access, security arrangements and location details of optical system and test purpose
Identify site hazards

Week 4:
Devise and implement risk control measures

Week 5:
Prepare a testing plan

Week 6:
Select the appropriate tools and test instruments

Week 7:
Set up test instrument and perform measurements

Week 8:
Assignment 1:Link Budget.Given out this week.

Week 9:
Record test results

Week 10:
Perform end-to-end measurements

Week 11:
Calculate the optical losses for a link budget

Week 12:
.Evaluate the test results

Week 13:
Document test results

Week 14:
Clean worksite and make safe
Job completion documentation
Assignment 1 due this week.

Week 15:
Practice Link Budget .

Week 16:
Revision on all elements

Week 17-18:
Practical Test (on all elements)

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. Assignment 1- given out week 8 due week 14
2. Practical Test  - Week 17-18

Both 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

Assignment 1Elements 1,2 and 3
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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Email Communication:

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

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