TRN553 - Transmission Theory

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Subject Title
Transmission Theory

Subject Description
The channel is the link connecting a transmitter to a receiver, and is the place where most problems occur in communication systems. This course is about the channel or transmission line. Students are introduced to transmission (Tx) line fundamentals, beginning with electromagnetic (EM) wave concepts and Tx line behaviour. Characteristics and associated hardware for typical Tx line types and their application are explored. A detailed introduction to microwave technology, antennas, and fiber optics is provided. Laboratory experiments are closely keyed to lecture material, demonstrating Tx line characterization using a variety of techniques. Students will gain hands on experience with industry standard equipment, including performing fusion splicing of optical fibers and optical fiber testing with an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR).

A course fee covers the cost of lab compnents and an EXFO Industry Certification exam.  Please see

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Electronics Engineering Technology - (EET)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe physical underpinnings of EM waves and propagation (terrestrial and within circuits).

2. Describe, predict and measure electrical characteristics of circuit and transmission (Tx) lines at high frequencies.

3. Calculate and measure Tx line characteristics using Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR), Smith charts, RF network analyzers and other techniques.

4. Compare theoretical and measured characteristics and account for differences.

6. Design, build and test impedance matching circuits.

7. Diagram and explain fiber optic system components, techniques and principles.

8. Perform fiber optic fusion splicing and testing with an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR).

9. Describe, compare and contrast Tx components and methods, including wired line, optical fiber, antennas and microwave waveguides.

9. Calculate and simulate operational parameters for a variety of Tx line types.

10. Design and build simple antennas; predict radiation pattern and measure RF network analyzer characteristics.

Essential Employability Skills
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Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

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Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

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Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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