Course Title: Commission telecommunications network equipment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: EEET6721C

Course Title: Commission telecommunications network equipment

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6080 - Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Noor Sateh                

Nominal Hours: 150

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 course builds upon the knowledge and skills from fundamental Telecommunication Networks. The learner will further examine the emerging technologies which applicable to Australian Telecommunications and Electronic Communications systems. Learner will explore and integrate theoretical and practical knowledge to manage networks and resources for selected applications.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTTC059C Commission telecommunications network equipment


Complete administrative tasks

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Test results are recorded as per enterprise instructions
7.2 Appropriate data bases are updated
7.3 Alarms triggered as a result of the commissioning process are rectified
7.4 Correct labelling of all equipment is checked and amendments made where required
7.5 Details of material usage is recorded and submitted to appropriate area in accordance with enterprise instructions
7.6 Job orders are completed fully and submitted to appropriate enterprise organisational unit
7.7 Design specifications are updated and returned to design area as required by enterprise requirements
7.8 Quality control procedures are followed as per enterprise policy
7.9 Installation briefs, documents and equipment manuals are handed over to operational staff in accordance with enterprise requirements
7.10 Operational staff training is undertaken where required
7.11 Transporting of tools and test equipment in suitable protective casing is organised where appropriate
7.12 All tools and test equipment are cleaned, adjusted and stored in an accessible location


Connect transmission bearers

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Distant end connection is verified with other parties
4.2 Intermediate connections are verified where required
4.3 Equipment parameters are set as per specification
4.4 Equipment is connected to the appropriate bearers
4.5 Alarms associated with the bearer and infrastructure are checked
4.6 Artificial links are installed where required and dismantled on completion of the commissioning process
4.7 Work is conducted in a manner which is safe to self, fellow workers and the public at large


Install software

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Applications programmes are installed
3.2 Hardware data is loaded as per instructions
3.3 Telephony/route and network data is loaded in accordance with predetermined instructions
3.4 Management data is loaded in accordance with specification
3.5 Billing/charging data is loaded in accordance with specification


Organise planned outages if necessary

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Affected systems, traffic and customers are identified
2.2 Outage duration is determined
2.3 Outage times are negotiated with appropriate groups
2.4 Existence of contingency plans is checked
2.5 Contingency plans are developed in the event that such a plan does not already exist
2.6 Emergency communications are provided if appropriate
2.7 A detailed list is prepared of both the areas impacted and the likely effect of such impact
2.8 Alarm management centre is notified of action planned
2.9 Authority to proceed is obtained from the relevant control centre
2.10 Customers affected by the outage are notified, both as to time and likely duration


Plan commissioning procedures

Performance Criteria:

1.1 All parties associated with the commissioning are identified
1.2 Commissioning dates are established and confirmed with all parties
1.3 Commissioning parameters are established as per specification
1.4 Required resources are identified and organised
1.5 Test equipment is obtained and checked for suitability and accuracy
1.6 Customers affected by the work are informed of impending action and likely timing and impact
1.7 Frequency spectrum band is identified
1.8 Receipt of appropriate spectrum management agency licence is checked


Test equipment functionality

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Alarms are tested in conjunction with network management and operational groups
6.2 Traffic tests are simulated through the new installation
6.3 Specific equipment features installed are tested
6.4 Billing/charging arrangements are tested
6.5 Operations administration maintenance system is tested
6.6 Faults detected are diagnosed, repaired or escalated to the appropriate area when fault cannot be clearly diagnosed or repaired
6.7 Vendor related tests are initiated where required


Test hardware

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Test equipment is obtained and checked for accuracy
5.2 Both end to end and section measurements are conducted in accordance with specification
5.3 Protection switching equipment is tested for operation
5.4 Order wires and auxiliary data channels are tested
5.5 Optical fibre cable connectors are cleaned as required
5.6 All specified performance tests are undertaken to ensure operation meets all prescribed parameters and specifications as detailed in the original design brief
5.7 Tests are undertaken to ensure that there is compatibility between the hardware and the software
5.8 Performance defects are corrected or brought to the attention of designers for corrective action
5.9 Test sheets are completed as per specification and test instrument usage logged as per enterprise requirements

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

  •    Meet only basic performance requirements of the competency (and its elements) at this level.
    • show skills in designing, implementing and managing ADSL Networks
    • demonstrate Key Competencies within the practical activities and work performance simulations of designing, implementing and managing Local ADSL and FTTH
    • administer and support ADSL Networks
    • Monitor ADSL networks and troubleshoot networking problems.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1
Course Outline, Assessment Criteria
PSTN and introduction to Access Technologies

Week 2
Data Transmission fundamentals and local loop characteristics

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5-6
Lab Task #1
DSLAM Introduction and Manual

Week 7
Assignment no 1

Week 8
Introduction to optical transmission
Week 9

Week 10
Extending ADSL

Week 11
Lab Task #2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Access Technologies: DSL and Cable
James Harry Green
McGraw-Hill ISBN 0-07-138247-X

DSL Advances
By Thomas Starr, Massimo Sorbara, John M. Cioffi, Peter J. Silverman


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the criteria set in the National Training Package. The students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together skills and knowledge as follows:
 Theoretical Written assessment.
 Work Simulation Projects.
 A Pass in schedule practical exercises.

Assessment Tasks

Lab Task #1
DSLAM Introduction and Manual

Assignment no 1

Week 11
Lab Task #2

Lab Task #3

Week 15
Practical exam

Written Final Exam

Assessment Matrix

Week 8                                  Project work Assignment 20%
Week 6,11,13,14                                        Lab journal 10%
week 16                                                         Lab Exam 30%
Week 18                                          Final exam Written 40%

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