Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
OfferedSunway First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor A Lowery


Students will study the characteristics of key components that make up optical communications systems, including: lasers and advanced lightwave sources and direct modulation, optical modulators, optical fibres, optical amplifiers, filters and multiplexers, optical receivers and associated electronics. Secondly, students will use this knowledge to analyse and design optical communications systems. Examples will include local-area networks, metropolitan area networks, long-haul links and transcontinental networks.


Knowledge of characteristics of fibres, including dispersion and non-linearity, and of multiplexers, filters and Raman optical amplifiers. Ability to prepare a power budget for an optical communications link. Understanding of the dispersion limits and compensation techniques for optical links. Knowledge of wavelength division multiplexing in links and networks. Skills to design optical communications links for short, medium and long-haul applications, and select appropriate components during link design. Ability to simulate the interactions of components and understand performance measures. Ability to propose optical network architectures for access and metropolitan networks. Ability to specify the performance of networks from an operator's perspective. Experience in making basic measurements on optical components and systems.


Continuous assessment: 30%
Examination: (3 hours): 70%.
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory and practice classes and 6 hours of private study per week


ECE2021 (or ECE3202 or PHS2022) and ECE2041 (or ECE3402)


ECE4405, ECE5043, ECE5405