Course Title: Diagnose and rectify faults in telecommunication apparatus and systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: EEET6756C

Course Title: Diagnose and rectify faults in telecommunication apparatus and systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6083 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications 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

+61 3 99254612

Nominal Hours: 60

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 covers fault diagnosis and rectification in telecommunication apparatus and systems. The unit encompasses safe working practices, interpreting diagrams, applying logical diagnostic methods and knowledge of telecommunication system components, rectifying faults, safety and functional testing and completing the necessary service documentation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH033B Diagnose and rectify faults in telecommunication apparatus and systems


1. Prepare to diagnose and rectify faults.
2. Diagnose and rectify faults.
3. Complete and report fault diagnosis and rectification activities.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation for the work.
1.3 Safety hazards that have not previously been identified are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.
1.4 The extent of faults is determined from reports and other documentation and from discussion with appropriate personnel.
1.5 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved on the work site.
1.6 Tools, equipment and testing devices needed to diagnose faults are obtained in accordance with established procedures and checked for correct operation and safety.
2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 The need to test or measure live is determined in strict accordance with OHS requirements and when necessary conducted within established safety procedures.
2.3 Circuits/machines/plant are checked as being isolated where necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements and procedures.
2.4 Logical diagnostic methods are applied to diagnose telecommunication apparatus and systems em faults employing measurements and estimations of system operating parameters referenced to system operational requirements.
2.5 Suspected fault scenarios are tested as being the source of system problems.
2.6 Source of the fault is identified and appropriately competent persons are engaged to rectify the fault where it is out side the scope of electronics.
2.7 Faults in the electronic components of the system are rectified to raise telecommunication apparatus and system to its operation standard.
2.8 System is tested to verify that the system operates as intended and to specified requirements.
2.9 Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate persons and job specifications and requirements.
2.10 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.
2.11 Diagnosis and rectification activities are carried out efficiently without waste of materials or damage to apparatus and the surrounding environment or services and using sustainable energy practices.
3.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and procedures are followed.
3.2 Work site is made safe in accordance with established safety procedures.
3.3 Rectification of faults is documented in accordance with established procedures.
3.4 Appropriate person or persons notified, in accordance with established procedures, that the system faults have been rectified.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

• Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the knowledge in telecommunication apparatus and systems.
• Practical activities to encompass working safely, fault diagnosis and rectification in telecommunication apparatus and systems.
• Work performance simulation projects involving the rectifying faults, safety and functional testing and completing the necessary service documentation.

Teaching Schedule

Week NumberDateTopic DeliveredAssessment Task
1 Introduction to Course Outline and Assessment Criteria 
2 Introduction to Communication Networks.
Lab: Peer to Peer Network
3-4 Half/Full Duplex transmission, Multiplexing Techniques (i.e. TDM, FDM & DWDM), Circuit and Packet Switched Networks.
Lab: User Accounts and Disk Quota,
Map Network Drives and Share
Configuration of FTP server
5 Structure and functions of OSI Layer Model and TCP/IP Model.
Lab: configuration of Web server
6-7 Topologies (Bus, Star & Ring) and Transmission Media (Co-axial, Twisted-pair, Fiber-optic cables & Wireless).
Lab Activity- How to Make and Test Twisted pair Network Cables.
Lab Assessment: Make and Test Twisted pair Network Cables (10%)
8-9 LAN Architectures (Ethernet, Token Ring & FDDI) and Ethernet (802.3) Frame Structure.
Lab Activity:(i) Set up a Wireless LAN
(ii) Secure Wireless LAN
(iii)Troubleshoot a peer-to-peer LAN and Wireless LAN
10 Wireless Technologies and Network Components e.g. Hubs, Access Point, Bridges, Switches, Routers and Gateways etc.
Lab: Using Wireshark to see Protocol data units
Revision of previous labs
11-12 Introduction of LANTCP /IP protocol Suite: - IP Addresses V4 (Class A TCP, B, C, D & E), Subnet Masks, Broadcast Addresses and ICMP (Ping and Trace route).
Lab Activity- IP subnetting Part1

13 TCP/IP protocol Suite: - Structure of IP, ICMP, TCP and ARP Protocols
Lab Activity- IP Subnetting part II
Review Questions
14 Revision of labs 
15 Lab Exam 
16 Revision Revision of Theory 
17 WrittenTest 
18 Catch-up Session 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Reference books:
• Timothy S. Ramteke, ‘Networks’, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall
• Behrouz A. Forouzan, ‘Data Communications and Networking’, 3rd Edition’, McGraw-Hill

Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

These are progressive assessment, the students are required to undertake summate assessments as follows:
• Practical tests
• Closed book test

Assessment Tasks

• Written Test, 40 %
• Assignment and lab  work 50%
• Laboratory work 10 %
• A Pass in the Learning Unit when evidence of learning is collected according to the requirements as stated at “assessment criteria”. The documentation must be clearly communicated and submitted to supervisor within specified time.

Assessment Matrix

Competency National CodeCompetency TitleCluster TitleAssessment Types
UEENEEE033B Solve fundamental problems in electronic communications systemsTelecommunication Engineering 1LabAssignmentProject/PresentationTest

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