Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Modern communication systems such as the internet are based on advanced fibreoptic components such as Bragg gratings, circulators, filters, couplers, isolators and microstructured optical fibre. These are the building blocks of photonic circuits, the optical performance and reliability of which depend critically on their mechanical, thermal and chemical stability. This industrially relevant course covers issues relating to a photonic component performance and manufacturing.



  • Semester 1 - 2018

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): PHYS3340. Students who have successfully completed PHYS3340 are not eligible to enrol in PHYS3345.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Be able to understand the design and operation of fibre optical components;

2. Be able to understand manufacturing issues in the photonics industry including the significance of quality and reliability control in fiber optical components.

3. Have advanced analytical and problem-solving skills.

4. Have advanced laboratory and computing skills.

5. Have advanced written and communication skills.


  • Fibreoptic components and circuits
  • Component, fibre and cable manufacturing
  • Quality and Reliability control in device fabrication and operation
  • Use and control of test and measurement equipment


This course replaces PHYS3340 If you have successfully completed PHYS3340 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports and Assignments

Practical Demonstration: Labview Assignment

Formal Examination: Examination Formal

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term