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Optical Networking and Design (ELEN90034)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeELEN90034
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This subject covers the basic areas of optical networks.


In particular, it includes the following topics:

  • Optical network elements;
  • Optical transport network architecture and design;
  • Optical circuit switching, optical burst switching, and optical packet switching;
  • Optical network control and management;
  • Optical network survivability;
  • Traffic grooming in optical networks;
  • IP over WDM networks;
  • Optical access network architectures and technologies (e.g. Active Ethernet, EPON, GPON, WDM PON);
  • Design and analysis of optical access networks;
  • Free space optical networks.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject, the students will develop skills and knowledge required to understand the fundamentals of optical networks and to be able to solve technical problems in the following areas:

  1. Fundamental optical network elements
  2. Optical network architectures ranging from optical access networks to backbone optical transport networks
  3. Approaches and methodologies of optical network design optimisation
  4. Techniques of optical network survivability
  5. Problem solving skills and critical thinking in the discipline of optical networks
  6. The subject will also help students develop an enthusiasm towards research and development in the field of optical networks

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, the students should have developed the following skills:

  • Problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Critical and creative thinking, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • Sense of intellectual curiosity;
  • Ability to interpret data and research results;
  • Ability to learn in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies;
  • Capacity to confront unfamiliar problems;
  • Ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature;
  • Ability to develop models of practical applications and evaluate their performance by rigorous analytical means.

Last updated: 22 August 2019