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Unit of study_

ELEC5512: Optical Networks

This unit builds upon the fundamentals of optical communication introduced in ELEC3405 (Communications Electronics and Photonics). It focuses on photonic network architectures and protocols, network design, enabling technologies and the drivers for intelligent optical network. Students will learn how to analyse and design optical networks and optical components. Introduction, photonic network architectures: point to point, star, ring, mesh; system principles: modulation formats, link budgets, optical signal to noise ratio, dispersion, error rates, optical gain and regeneration; wavelength division multiplexed networks; WDM components: optical filters, gratings, multiplexers, demultiplexers, wavelength routers, optical crossconnects, wavelength converters, WDM transmitters and receivers; Wavelength switched/routed networks, ultra high speed TDM, dispersion managed links, soliton systems; broadcast and distribution networks, multiple access, subcarrier multiplexed lightwave video networks, optical local area and metropolitan area networks; protocols for photonic networks: IP, Gbit Ethernet, SDH/SONET, FDDI, ATM, Fibre Channel.

Details

Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit code ELEC5512
Unit name Optical Networks
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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Knowledge of digital communications, wave propagation, and fundamental optics

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Javid Atai, javid.atai@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam Final Exam
Type B (Closed Book)
70% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Assignment 1
Solving problems related to the material covered during the lectures.
15% Week 05
Due date: 07 Sep 2021

Closing date: 15 Sep 2021
7 questions
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO6
Assignment Assignment 2
Solving problems related to the material covered during the lectures.
15% Week 10
Due date: 19 Oct 2021

Closing date: 27 Oct 2021
7 questions
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?

1. Assignment 1 must be submitted through Canvas as a single file in PDF or JPEG format by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, September 7.
2. Multiple submission attempts are allowed. However, only the latest submission will be marked. If the latest submission is after the deadline, it will receive a penalty as described below.
3. Any assignment that is labelled LATE by Canvas will receive a penalty as described below.
4. There will be a 5% deduction of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date. For example, assignments submitted within 24 hours after the deadline will receive a 5% penalty. Assignments submitted after 11:59 pm on Wednesday, September 8 but before 11:59 pm on Thursday, September 9 will receive a 10% penalty and so on. Assignments submitted after 11:59 pm on Tuesday, September 14 but before 7:59 pm on Wednesday, September 15 will receive a 40% penalty.
5. Assignments submitted after 7:59 pm on Wednesday, September 15 will NOT BE ACCEPTED and will receive a mark of zero.
6. The solutions of the Assignment 1 will be discussed in the Tutorial on Wednesday, September 15.
7. Assignment 2 must be submitted through Canvas as a single file in PDF or JPEG format by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, October 19.
8. Multiple submission attempts are allowed. However, only the latest submission will be marked. If the latest submission is after the deadline, it will receive a penalty as described below.
9. Any assignment that is labelled LATE by Canvas will receive a penalty as described below.
10. There will be a 5% deduction of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date. For example, assignments submitted within 24 hours after the deadline will receive a 5% penalty. Assignments submitted after 11:59 pm on Wednesday, October 20 but before 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 21 will receive a 10% penalty and so on. Assignments submitted after 11:59 pm on Tuesday, October 26 but before 7:59 pm on Wednesday, October 27 will receive a 40% penalty.
11. Assignments submitted after 7:59 pm on Wednesday, October 27 will NOT BE ACCEPTED and will receive a mark of zero.
12. The solutions of the Assignment 2 will be discussed in the Tutorial on Wednesday, October 27.

The above information can also be found under  Assignments 1 and 2 on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Late penalties are described in the assessment summary.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction (2 hr) LO5
Week 02 Fibre-optic communication systems (2 hr) LO6
Week 03 Enabling technologies 1 (3 hr) LO2
Week 04 Enabling technologies 2 (3 hr) LO2
Week 05 Enabling technologies 3 (3 hr) LO2
Week 06 SONET/SDH (3 hr) LO4
Week 07 Optical layer (3 hr) LO4
Week 08 Broadcast and select networks (3 hr) LO6
Week 09 Access networks (3 hr) LO5
Week 10 Shared access networks (3 hr) LO5
Week 11 Wavelength routed networks (3 hr) LO3 LO5
Week 12 Network design (3 hr) LO6
Week 13 Photonic packet switched networks (3 hr) LO1

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Optical Networks: A practical perspective, Ramaswami and Kumar, 1st edition, Morgan & Kaufmann, 1998

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate understanding of photonic packet switched networks and design considerations to the extent of the material presented
  • LO2. demonstrate proficiency in assessing the capabilities and the principles of operation of various optical components which are used in today's networks, using the techniques presented in the course
  • LO3. demonstrate an understanding of wavelength routing and switching and how it can be utilized to increase the capacity of a network
  • LO4. describe the interaction between various layers in the network using the in-depth technical skills developed
  • LO5. demonstrate an understanding of different generations of optical networks and their characteristics using concepts and principles developed or presented
  • LO6. solve problems related to optical network design and analyze the effect of various parameters in the performance of the system.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
No changes have been made since this unit was last offered.

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