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The Development Of Hands On Fiber Optics Undergraduate Course

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.556.1 - 3.556.5

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Alfred S. Andrawis

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Session 1526

The Development of Hands-on Fiber Optics Undergraduate Course


Electrical Engineering Department South Dakota State University

Abstract  This paper outlines the development of a one credit undergraduate laboratory course to be taught concurrent with a lecture course. Students in this laboratory course learn about a variety of subjects pertinent to fiber optics and contemporary design techniques for communication systems and sensing within electrical engineering curriculum.

This laboratory course is designated exclusively to hands-on experience. The course is designed to cover a wide area of fiber optic basic theories and applications. It includes laboratory experiments introducing students to the following: basic knowledge, skills and manual dexterity needed for handling and testing fiber optic waveguides, characteristics of optical components, fiber optic communication systems, and fiber optic sensing systems.


This paper describes the development of a one semester credit undergraduate laboratory course (Optical Fiber Laboratory) to be taught concurrent with the Optical Fiber Communications lecture course (Optical Fiber Communications). The project is supported by: 1. National Science Foundation (NSF) Instrumentation and laboratory Improvement (ILI) Grant DUE-9751368 “ Fiber Optic Communications and Photonics Laboratory” (July 1997- June 1999); 2. over matching from the College of Engineering at South Dakota State University; 3. Electrical Engineering alumnus; and 4. equipment manufacturers.

The course is designed to cover a very broad area in fiber optics. This course is suitable to be taught in a smaller size program where limited number of courses is offered. However, in a larger program, the course could be divided into three separate laboratory courses; fiber optic characteristics and handling; fiber optic communication systems; and fiber optic sensing systems. Obviously, more material should be added then to fill-up the 15 weeks semester for the three laboratory courses.

Andrawis, A. S. (1998, June), The Development Of Hands On Fiber Optics Undergraduate Course Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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