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DIT07M5-SP Fundamentals of Fibre Optics Communication

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  • Investment: US$ 79

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Fiber-optic cables are made up of thin strands of glass or plastic which help to transmit data at the speed of light between two places exclusively on light-based technology. With the help of fiber optic cables, data can be transmitted digitally. Nowadays, telephone companies have started using fiber optic cables for telephone lines. Almost all the communications will utilize fiber optics in the near future.
This course is designed to guide students about the upcoming features of fiber optics communication. This course, gives a basic concept involved in fiber optic transmission and how they work in real.
After completion of this course, students will know in detail about connecting fiber, optical testing, design parameters involved in fiber optic communication and also about OTDR.


  • Networking Technicians
  • Systems engineers
  • Computer science & Networking Engineers
  • Telecommunication Engineers
  • Electronics & communication Engineers


  • Light guiding: Concept of optical fiber
  • Refractive index
  • Snell’s law
  • Geometrical optics: Fiber structure
  • Fiber optic transmission – Advantages
  • Multimode Fibers
  • Fiber: Transmission windows


  • Connecting fibers
  • Optical connection issues
  • Lateral misalignment
  • Fusion splicing
  • Mechanical splicing
  • Connector properties
  • SC & ST connectors


  • Light sources
  • Light Emitting Diode
  • Edge Emitting LED
  • Laser diode
  • Optical detectors
  • System design parameters
  • Coupling losses
  • Design bandwidth


  • Fiber performance specification
  • Fiber types & typical specification


  • Test equipment
  • Concepts of optical measurement
  • Optical measurement waveform
  • Power measurement
  • Fiber optic transmitter test
  • Transmitter power measurement
  • Receiver sensitivity test
  • Bit error rate testing
  • Continuity testing


  • Cable loss measurement
  • Insertion loss testing
  • Trouble shooting


  • Optical Time Domain Reflectometry
  • Trace from an OTDR
  • OTDR limitations
  • Cable installation
  • Cable types
  • In buildings and outside premises
  • Outside underground and outside aerial
  • Submarine




Plan Name Investment
Unlimited Access for 2 Years: US$ 79


Brian Hobby

BE (Electrical and Electronic) Auckland University

Brian has 20 plus years of engineering experience. He thinks in systems and the connections between them as a result of his time as a Naval Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer.

As a design, commissioning and project engineer with Rio Tinto Alcan he oversaw the first application of devicenet in an aluminium smelting environment and assisted with piloting fully automated anode changing.

More recently he has been involved with collecting data from process using the OSISoft historian and using their toolset for analysis.  His experience with networking goes back to becoming the accidental sysadmin for a Novell Netware system in the early 1990’s and has been a part of his roles ever since.

He is now ISA99 qualified and currently works for Griffith University as a Technical Lead (IT and Engineering) where he is assisting in collecting and analysing data in support of their sustainability initiatives.


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