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A Two Course Sequence In Optical Communications

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Curriculum Development in Electrical ET

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8.135.1 - 8.135.7



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Salahuddin Qazi

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Session 2648

A Two Course Sequence In Optical Communications

Salahuddin Qazi School of Information Systems and Engineering Technology State University of New York Institute of Technology P.O. Box 3050, Utica, NY 13504. E-Mail:

Abstract The growth of the Internet traffic has made optical communications an essential technology which meets the communications demand of higher bandwidth and transmission of high speed data at a longer distance. The paper discusses the development of a two-course sequence in optical communications at the electrical engineering technology department of the State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT), Utica, New York. The first course deals with the basics of fiber optics and contains a structured lab of eight experiments while the second courses includes advance topics and experiments in optical communications, and a project. The paper also discusses the development of experimental facilities used in support of these courses. The implementation of these courses has made our curriculum current, and helped the students to enhance their career options in the current technological environment.

Introduction Optical communication is a technology of transmitting information in the form of light by way of optical fibers or free space as a medium. Over the last two decades the low cost of optical fibers, enormous capacity and accuracy has revolutionized long range communication making possible the Internet as we know it. The rapid transition of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) techniques from laboratories to the field is adding even more capacity, and fiber is increasingly becoming the media of choice in metropolitan area networks, local area networks, campuses, hospitals, factories and soon even in homes. However, there is an acute need for a network to provide huge bandwidth far beyond the capacity of current networks and it is suggested that optical Internet based on dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) is a viable solution to fulfill the ever- increasing bandwidth demand in the Internet 1. The purpose of introducing a two- course sequence in optical communication in the department of electrical engineering technology at the State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT2) was to meet the demand for skilled workers with hands-on experience to maintain and design new optical communication networks or systems. Currently, it is the only sequence of optical courses offered in the communication option of electrical engineering technology program. SUNYIT, historically an upper-division institution, will for the first time accept freshman into eleven bachelor’s degree programs. SUNYIT offers twenty bachelor‘s degree programs to transfer students, and 11 master’s degree programs.

Qazi, S. (2003, June), A Two Course Sequence In Optical Communications Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12047

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