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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

EdTech Institute, LLC (formerly The Sage Group, LLC) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Fiber Optics with Fiber to the Premises - FTTP (080/4)*

48 hours (16 weeks).
Various approved locations throughout the U.S.
September 2006 - February 2007.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 
Discuss basic terminology and concepts; discuss the history of fiber optics communications; discuss basics of fiber optics technology, the components used, and their installation; discuss applications of fiber optics communications systems; describe common types of cables and discuss where they are used; identify basic types of connections and splices; prepare fiber optic cable; pull, splice, and terminate fiber optic cable; test fiber optic cable using power meters and OTDRs; prepare the cable; discuss the theory and practice of fusion splicing fiber optic; compare mechanical splicing and fusion splicing; operate a fiber optic fusion splicer; prepare and cleave the fiber; protect and evaluate splice quality; measure splice loss; troubleshoot problems that occur in fusion splicing; discuss fiber-to-the-premises (FTTX) using Passive Optical Networks (PON); discuss architectures and components; identify the components and specifications of a typical PON network.
This course addresses applications of fiber optics including telephone, CATV, and computer networks. Discussion centers on the basics of technology, the components used, and how to design and install fiber optics; new applications, and new components and processes that have become widely used in the industry; and the future of this rapidly evolving technology. Topics covered include: basics of fiber optic technology, components, and applications; industry standards that apply to the cable plant, installation, and testing; safety and how to handle and install fiber optic components safely; how fiber optics is used in telecom, data communications, CATV networks, CCTV, security, and process control; the basics of network cable plant design; cable types and specifications; choosing an appropriate cable, handling cables, and pulling cables; connector types, terminating, fusion and mechanical splices, and installation tools; installation of connectors on fiber optic cables; test procedures, specifications, and standards; types of fiber optic test equipment, specifications, and applications; and performing basic tests; testing cables, connectors, splices, network equipment, fault location, and testing installed cables with OTDRs; fusion splicing; comparing fusion splicing to mechanical splicing; using a fusion splicer; preparing the fiber; loading the splicer; splicing fibers; protecting the splice; splice troubleshooting; basic safety rules; fiber optics with fiber to the premises (FTTX) basics and architectures; architectures and components; Passive Optical Networks (PON) components; design, installation, and testing. Laboratory exercises support instruction.
Credit recommendation: 
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours as a technical elective or in the associate degree/certificate category, 2 semester hours in a Trades curriculum (9/06). *NOTE: Course numbers on transcripts may reflect different prefixes depending upon where a course is offered. NOTE: This course overlaps in content with Introduction to Fiber Optics (080), including its grouping with Fusion Splicing (080/3), as well as the grouping Fiber Optics: Part 1 (238) and Fiber Optics: Part 2 (239), Fiber Optics (080/2) and FTTX Concepts (080/5). Credit should not total more than 2 semester hours for any combination of these courses.