Optical Networking

Subject ELEN90034 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: one 3- hours lecture per week
Total Time Commitment: Estimated 120 hours.
Prerequisites: 4-year Electrical Engineering degree or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Subject Overview:

This subject covers the basic areas of optical networks. In particular, it includes the following topics.

The topics covered include:

  • 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.
  • Free space optical networks;
  • Optical access networks (e..Active Ethernet, EPON, GPON, WDM PON);
  • Optical local area networks.

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:

  • Fundamental optical network elements;
  • Optical network architectures ranging from optical access networks to backbone optical transport networks;
  • Approaches and methodologies of optical network design optimisation;
  • Techniques of optical network survivability;
  • Problem solving skills and critical thinking in the discipline of optical networks.
The subject will also help students develop an enthusiasm towards research and development in the field of optical networks.
  • Formally surpervised written examination - 3 hours 60% (end of semester). This final examination is a hurdle. A student must pass the exam to pass the subject;
  • Written class test - 2 hour 30% (mid semester);
  • Assignments - 10%.
Prescribed Texts:


  • Optical Networks : A Parctical Perspective by Rajiv Ramaswami and Kuma Sivarajan.
Recommended Texts:

Additional Reading:

  • Optical Communication Networks (Hardcover) by Biswanath Mukherjee;
  • Mesh-based Survivable Transport Networks: Options and Strategies for Optical, MPLS, SONET and ATM Networking (Hardcover) by Wayne D. Grover;
  • Ethernet Passive Optical Networks by Glen Kramer;
  • MPLS Technology and Applications by Bruce Davie and Yakov Rekhter.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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

  • Problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Critical and creative thinking, with and aptitude for continued sel-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.
Related Course(s): Master of Telecommunications Engineering
Master of Telecommunications Engineering
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering

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