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Broadband communication networks. Construct, exploit, and manage telecommunication networks, services, processes and applications, which are understood as systems for capturing, transporting, representing, processing, storing, managing, and presenting multimedia information.
The continuous advance of current Information Society would not be possible without the adequate deployment of infrastructures such as broadband networks. This subject is aimed at analyzing broadband communication technologies, networks and protocols employed for information transport and access. Consequently, fundamental technologies such as ATM, SDH, xDSL, etc. are studied. The theoretical part is complemented with practice lessons that include the resolution of related problems, equipment configuration and broadband network simulation with specialized software.
Competencies and learning outcomes
- Knowledge about basic material and technologies that enable learning new methods and technologies, as well as providing tremendous versatility for adapting to new situations.
- Capacity to resolve problems with initiative, decision making, creativity, and to communicate and transmit knowledge, abilities, and skills, understanding the ethical and professional responsibility of the activities of the technical telecommunication engineer.
- Knowledge for performing measurements, calculations, assessments, appraisals, surveys, studies, reports, work plans, and other similar work within the specific field of telecommunications.
- Capacity to analyze and assess the social and environmental impact of technical solutions.
- Ability to work on a multidisciplinary team and in a multilingual environment, and to communicate, both in writing and orally, knowledge, procedures, results, and ideas related to telecommunications and electronics.
- Knowledge, understanding, and the capability for applying the necessary legislation throughout the professional practice of a telecommunications technical engineer, and the ability to deal with mandatory specifications, regulations, and standards.
- Capability of applying techniques that telecommunications networks, services, and applications are based on, in environments fixed and mobile, personal, local, and long distance, using different bandwidths, including telephony, radio broadcasting, television, and data, from the point of view of transmission systems.
- Ability to analyze components and their specifications for guided and non-guided communications systems.
- Ability to select circuits, subsystems, and systems of RF, microwaves, radio broadcasting, radio networks, and radio determination.
- Ability to select antennas, equipment and systems of transmission, guided and non-guided wave propagation, by electromagnetic, RF or optical means, and the corresponding management of the radio electric space and frequency allocation.
- Ability to construct, operate, and manage telecommunications networks, services, processes, and applications, understood as systems for capturing, transporting, representing, processing, storing, managing, and presenting multimedia information, from the point of view of the telematic services.
- Capacity to autonomously acquire new knowledge and techniques suitable for the conception, development, or use of telecommunications systems and services.
- Capability to use communication and computer applications (office automation, databases, advanced calculation, project management, visualization, etc.) to support the development and use of telecommunications and electronic networks, services, and applications.
- Ability to use computerized tools in the search for bibliographic resources or information related to telecommunications and electronics.
Objectives (Learning outcomes)
- 01Understanding the evolution, current state and tendency of broadband communication networks.
- 02Learning the motivation and objectives of broadband communication networks.
- 03Learning the main technologies and protocols behind broadband communication networks.
- 04Distinguish the different application scenarios and objectives of the different technologies and protocols of broadband communication networks.
- 05Learning the existing broadband packet switching technologies and networks.
- 06Learning the main optical transport technologies.
- 07Learning the existing access technologies.
- 08Learning the main QoS mechanisms for broadband networks
- 09Acquire the capacity of solving problems related to the design, configuration and deployment of broadband communication networks.
- 010Learning how to configure communications devices such as routers, switches, etc.
- 011Learning to analyze the performance of broadband communication networks through simulations using specialized software.
Association between objectives and units
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- A. Gumaste, T. Antony. "First Mile Access Networks and Enabling Technologies". Cisco Press.
- B. Gi Lee and W. Kim. "Integrated Broadband Networks - TCP/IP, SDH/SONET and WDM/optics". Artech House.
- H. Wang. "Packet Broadband Network Handbook". McGraw-Hill Professional.
- H.G. Perros. "Connection-Oriented Networks: SONET/SDH, ATM, MPLS and Optical Networks". Wiley.
- Huidobro Moya, José Manuel. Roldán Martínez, David. "Redes y servicios de banda ancha tecnologías y aplicaciones". Madrid [etc.] McGraw-Hill .
- Sexton, Mike. Reid, Andy. "Broadband networking ATM, SDH, and SONET". Boston London Artech House cop. 1997.
- Tim Kelly and Carlo Maria Rossotto. "Broadband Strategies Handbook". World Bank Publications.
Methodology and grading
- Case studies: Learning through the analysis of actual or simulated cases in order to interpret and resolve them by employing various alternative solution procedures.
- Lecture: Pass on knowledge and activate cognitive processes in students, encouraging their participation.
- Problem-based learning: Develop active learning strategies through problem solving that promote thinking, experimentation, and decision making in the student.
- Solving exercises and problems: Exercise, test, and apply previous knowledge through routine repetition.
- The final mark will be obtained from the following evaluations:
1.- Exam (50%) - Including questions, problems and a test.
2.- Practice (35%) - Reports with evaluable questions.
3.- Technical report (15%) - Active participation
To pass the subject, the final mark must be equal or higher than 5 out of 10, and the mark obtained in each part must be higher or equal than 4 out of 10.