Optical Communication Systems

Module nameOptical Communication Systems
Type of moduleSelectable mandatory module
Learning results,
competencies, qualification goals
The student is able to:
  • analyse different system arrangements
  • name the standardisation regulations
  • test whether the different components are suitable
  • plan optical transmission paths
  • establish electro-optical stages for high transmission rates
  • compare and evaluate optical communication systems
  • compare and classify literature sources

Learning results with regard to the objectives of the course of study:
  • Gaining deeper insight into the mathematical and natural science areas
  • Gaining a deeper knowledge about the specific electrical fundamentals
  • Acquiring enhanced and applied subject-specific basics
  • Identifying and classifying complex electro-technical and interdisciplinary tasks
  • Being confident in the ability to apply and evaluate analytical methods
  • Being able to create and evaluate solving methods independently
  • Familiarising oneself with new areas of knowledge, running searches and assessing the results
  • Gaining important and profound experience in the area of practical technical skills and engineering activities
  • Working and researching in national and international contexts
Types of courses

5 SWS (semester periods per week):       2 SWS lecture
                                                                 2 SWS seminar

                                                                 1 SWS internship

Course contentsPrinciples of the fibre optic transmission, Fibre-to-the-X-technologies, WDM, photonic networks, SONET standard, system aspects, application of nano-photonic components in optical communication systems, electronic high-speed system components in optical communication systems
Teaching and learning methods
(forms of teaching and learning)
Lecture, presentation, learning by teaching, self-regulated learning, problem-based learning
Frequency of the module offeringSummer term
Language English
Recommended (substantive) requirements for the participation in the module Basic knowledge in the areas of communication systems and optoelectronic devices
Requirements for the
participation in the module
Prerequisites according to examination regulations
Student  workload180 h:   75 h attendance studies
             105 h personal studies
Academic performancesNone
Precondition for the
admission to the
examination performance
Examination performanceForm of examination: written /oral, presentation Duration: written 120 min/ oral 20 min Upon prior notification by the lecturer, attendance lists could be kept during the internship.
Number of credits
of the module

6 credits and 3 credits of them apply to the integrated key competencies.

                               Lecture: 3 credits

                               Seminar: 2 credits

                               Internship: 1 credit

In charge of the moduleProf. Dr. Bangert
Teacher of the moduleProf. Dr. Bangert and co-workers
Forms of mediaProjector, black board, overhead projector, PC including a simulation environment
Literature references
  • J.Gowar, Optical Communication Systems, 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall, 1993.
  • S.L.Chuang, Physics of Optoelectronic Devices, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1995.
  • G.P. Agrawal, Fiber-Optic Communication Systems, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1997.
  • J.P.Laude, DWDM: Fundamentals, Components and Applications, Artech House, 2002.

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