This course introduces students to the basic concepts of telecommunications, beginning with how communication signals are generated, encoded, transmitted and received over telecommunications channels. Theory of analog and digital signals, frequency spectra, bandwidth, modulation, and multiplexing techniques are introduced and demonstrated. Covers the history of telecommunications technologies, industry and governmental policy, and how this history has led to the modern public telecommunication networks. Networking systems and equipment are explored including transmission and reception technology, switching systems, and transmission media such as optical fiber, copper and wireless. Technological advances in broadband and convergence technologies and the merging of voice, data and video applications on a single network are introduced. The laboratory component allows students to verify concepts introduced in class and develop the knowledge and skills required to build, test, operate and maintain telecommunications networks.


Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
Recommended Preparation: CIS 120, 121 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better or "Pass"
3 UNITS : 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory