Course Title: Use advanced optical test equipment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: EEET6971C

Course Title: Use advanced optical test equipment

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

Kemps Cheng
Telephone: +613 9925 4691

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

Refer to Elements

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: Link Budget.
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
Week 15: Revision
Week 16: Practical Test
Week 17. Closed Book test
Week 18. Practical test and Closed Book test Resit

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. 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
Assessment 2: Closed Book Test

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

ICTOPN4116A vs Elements and Performance Criteria

 ICTOPN4116A vs Elements and Performance Criteria
Practical Test x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Closed Book Test x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

Other Information

  • In this course, minimum student directed hours are 16 in addition to34 scheduled teaching hours.
  • Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignment , preparation of practical test ,and individual student-teacher course-related consultation.

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

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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

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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 seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete 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 two 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 seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two 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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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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