Course Title: Use optical and radio frequency measuring instruments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: MIET7580C

Course Title: Use optical and radio frequency measuring instruments

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4353 - 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
Ph: +613 9925 4456

Appointment by email

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:

ICTBWN3205B Use optical and radio frequency measuring instruments


1. Prepare to use measuring instruments

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Obtain approval for site access with customer or 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 measurement.
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 techniques to assess the overall system performance.
2.4 Record and interpret test results and compare with standard test specifications.
2.5 Clean work area and make safe according to established procedures.


3. Document measurement results

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Document test results and make recommendations to achieve optimum performance.
3.2 Notify customer of work completion.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

This course is delivered in a cluster (Optical & RF) in conjunction with ICTSUS4185A (EEET6969C). You must enrol in these two courses delivered in this cluster. All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of all competencies of ICTSUS4185A and ICTBWN3205B.

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practicals
  • interaction with individuals and groups within the Telecommunications area

Teaching Schedule

Week 1. Introduction/ Overview of Optical Fibre: Theory and Principles / Overview power management software
Week 2. Light and fibre / Telecommunication architecture for carrier networks / Light sustainability issues
Week 3. Basic fibre construction / Fabrication of optical fibres / Light sustainability issues
Week 5. Index of refraction (IOR) /Transmission principles / power budgets
Week 6. Transmission properties of fibre / Optical fibre cable construction and design types / start survey of power management software
Week 7. Outdoor cable (external cables) types / cable construction / continue survey of power management software
Week 8. Distribution cable designs / Patch chords and pigtails / continue survey of power management software
Week 9. Fibre optic cable sheath markings / OHS considerations for indoor cables / continue survey of power management software
Week 10. Connector types, applications and features / Connector cleaning and inspection techniques / energy consumed by fibre
Week 11. Visual inspection microscopes used in connector end face cleaning / Occupational Health and Laser Safety Awareness / laser timeouts
Week 12. Power output measurements / Fusion and Mechanical Splicing / light connection power budget
Week 13. Racks and Cabinets / Exchange product sets / computer tcp/ip control of power systems
Week 14. Customer premise plant / Optical Fibre Testing / poser efficiency testing
Week 15. Basic radio systems /  Radio transmitters and receivers / radio power management
Week 16. Revision / Practical Test
Week 17 Theory test
Week 18. Resit

* 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. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

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. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. 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: 

Assessment 1: Practical Test

Assessment 2: Closed Book Test

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

 Assessment Mapping Matrix 



Performance Criteria Covered

Practical Test

Closed Book Test










































Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following two assessment tasks: 

Assessment 1 :  Practical test - Week 16

Assessment 2:   Theory test - Week 17

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


MIET7580C Performance Criteria 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 3.1 3.2  
EEET6969C Performance Criteria1.
Practical test  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  xx
Theory Test  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x xx

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:
• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course
Please refer to  to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills 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:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

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Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you 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. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for 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.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) 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.

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