Course Title: Use photonics devices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: EEET6552C

Course Title: Use photonics devices

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

Robert Pill -

Ken Falzon -

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 is designed to develop an understanding in fundamental photonics technology, devices and their applications related to Telecommunication Industry. It assists you to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to safely install, configure and test optical cable and photonic devices.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTTC142A Use photonics devices


Calculate a link budget for an optical system

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify the appropriate calculations required to calculate a link budget for an optical system
5.2 Perform accurate calculations given the power margin measurements
5.3 Report the link budget in the appropriate format


Identify propagation features of optical systems

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the factors which affect propagation in optic fibre
1.2 Distinguish between transmission paths for and single mode fibres
1.3 Identify causes of pulse dispersion in multi-mode propagation systems
1.4 Identify a range of special fibre types used in optical systems


Identify the role of Photonics devices in optical systems

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the interactions between fields and matter in Photonics devices
3.2 Recognise, and identify the roles of, modulators and attenuators in optical systems
3.3 Identify the role and characteristics of a range of optical couplers and splitters.
3.4 Distinguish between in-fibre and micro-optical devices in terms of their physical and operational features


Perform power margin measurements

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify and manipulate optical attenuators and patch cables to take power margin measurements
4.2 Operate a BER tester to obtain measurements of an optical system


Recognise optical transmitters and receivers in optical systems and identify their functions

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Recognise and identify the function of photo detectors in optical systems
2.2 Recognise and identify the role of photodiodes in optical systems
2.3 Distinguish between electrical and optical parameters of a range of photodiodes
2.4 Identify appropriate roles for LEDs in optical systems
2.5 Identify appropriate roles for ILDs in optical systems
2.6 Identify methods for coupling LEDs and ILDs to optical systems

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Attendance at lectures and laboratory sessions where underpinning knowledge will be presented and explained, and topics will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;

Participate in individual small research projects in designated areas of underpinning knowledge including:
• Propagation features of optical systems
• Multiplexing and Wave division systems
• Optical transmitters and receivers
• The role of Photonics devices in optical systems

Participate in individual and team problem solving scenarios/role plays/ case studies dealing with photonic devices’ applications and calculation of link budget for an optical system.

Participate in supervised workshop practice in simulated workplace environment, including:
• Perform Power margin measurement
• Measure signal losses
• Use Photonic devices

Teaching Schedule

Weeks 1-3
Propagation of light through media
• Explain the nature of light: Waves and Photons
• Explain refraction and use Laws of refraction
• Explain total internal reflection and calculate critical angle
• Explain interference, diffraction and polarisation of light
Week s 4-6
Characteristics of optical fiber
• Identify the various elements used in a fibre-optic cable
• Distinguish between characteristics of single-mode and multi-mode fibre-optic cables
• Identify the sources of light used in fibre-optic cables
• Describe the function of LEDs in optical systems
• Describe the function of LASERs (ILDs) in optical systems
• Identify the advantages and disadvantages of LEDs & LASERs
• Describe the various types of connectors used in fibre-optic cables
• Explain the working of Fibre Distributed Data Interface (FDDI)
• Identify the advantages and disadvantages of fibre-optic cables

Weeks 7-10
Optical Signal Degradation
• attenuation in optical fiber
• absorption in optical fiber
• Rayleigh Scattering in optical fiber
• bending in optical fiber
• modal dispersion in optical fiber
• chromatic dispersion in optical fiber
• Define Optical Time Domain Reflectometry and apply Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) to measure optical fiber attenuation and loss
Weeks 11-14
Photonic devices
• Explain required characteristics of transmitting and receiving devices
• Describe types of transmitting and receiving devices
• Describe constructional differences of various types of transmitters and receivers
• Explain the working and applications of optical amplifiers and repeaters
Weeks 15-18
Use of photonics devices
• data communication including 10Gbps Ethernet and 10GBASE LX4 applications
• medicine including laser applications
• manufacturing including optical leak detection and flexible fiber-optic curvature sensor applications
• commercial display including office lighting and decoration applications
• defence including optical computing and plastic opto-chip applications

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Friedman, E. and Miller, J. L. (2004). Photonics rules of thumb : optics, electro-optics, fiber optics, and lasers. Bellingham, Wash., USA; London, McGraw-Hill; SPIE Press McGraw-Hill. RMIT Carlton General 621.36 F899

Graham-Smith, F. and King, T. A. (2000). Optics and photonics : an introduction. Chichester ; New York, Wiley, RMIT Carlton General 535 G742

Raymond L. Tricker

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

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 
  • practical exercises

Assessment Matrix


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