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  • Objectives
    To provide postgraduate training with a detailed overview of photonic systems and networks and an in-depth knowledge of the theory, operation, design and implementation of the optoelectronic devices used in systems and networks. To prepare students for careers in research or industry by extending their skills and knowledge in a specialised area of photonics systems and networks. To enable students to contribute to future developments in their field by providing them with awareness and an understanding of recent advances and the state of the art technology. To develop students' ability to make a critical evaluation of the theories, techniques and systems used in photonics technologies. To develop research and problem solving techniques in their chosen area of specialisation. To develop students' ability to undertake research through practical project experience. To develop students' ability to make an effective contribution to team-based activities.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Qualifications Normally 2(i) BSc in Physics and B. Eng in Electronic Engineering and in other related subjects. Good 2(ii) supported by strong recommendation and/or previous work experience is also considered. Overseas students English requirement: IELTS=6 or TOEFL 220 or 560.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Photonics Devices, Systems and Networks
  • Course description

    Course Description
    Advances in photonics techniques over recent years have led to a rapid growth in the take-up of this technology in industry. This is especially the case in telecommunications, where high-capacity optical transmission systems are now widespread in telecommunications networks. This MSc is an advanced course intended to provide a thorough understanding of the science and technology of such devices, systems and networks. A first degree in electronic engineering or physics is necessary for admission to this MSc.

    Modules and Options

    The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.

    Stage 1

        Compulsory: NETWORK CONCEPTS
        Compulsory: OPTICAL COMPONENTS I
        Compulsory: OPTICAL COMPONENTS II
        Compulsory: PHOTONICS LABORATORY
        Compulsory: TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS

    Teaching and Assessment Methods

    A: Knowledge and Understanding
        Learning Outcomes
        A1 : Fundamentals of optical transmission systems and networks, including problem solving techniques
        A2 : A broad range of principles and techniques governing the analysis, design and implementation of optical communication systems and subsystems
        A3 : Physical principles fundamental to the analysis, design and implementation of photonic devices
        A4 : Optoelectronic devices used in optical transmitters and receivers
        A5 : Advanced topics in selected areas of modern optical networking and switching for present and future communications
        A6 : Advanced topics in selected areas of optoelectronics and photonics research
        A7 : Selected research topic for project

        Teaching Methods
        Lectures are the principal method of delivery for the concepts and principles involved in A1-A6.
        Understanding of the concepts in A1-A6 is reinforced by a combination of classes, laboratory work, report writing, assignments and self-study.
        A7 is developed through attending seminars, library search, project work, self-study, and presentations of seminars.

        Assessment Methods
        A1-A6 are assessed through closed-book written examinations, assignments, weekly laboratory reports and multi choice progress tests.
        A7 is assessed through project report and oral defence.

    B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        B1 : Knowledge integration: Integrate and evaluate information and data obtained from a variety of resources including lectures, seminars, books, scientific publications and internet.
        B2 : Problem solving: Analyse a problem, either theoretical or practical, compare alternative approaches and propose plausible solutions using knowledge and experience.
        B3 : Investigation and reporting: Under the guidance of a supervisor plan, carry out and report on a programme of research.
        B4 : Evaluation, design and implementation: Analyse complex devices and systems and come up with novel designs and implementations.
        B5 : Independent thinking: Think independently to make connections between familiar and new ideas and generate their own ideas.

        Teaching Methods
        B1-B5 are developed in the laboratory classes by working in groups to carry out experiments, computer stimulations, analyse and solve problems, and evaluate complex systems and designs with the help of demonstrators. They are also developed during the project work, carried out in research laboratories.

        Assessment Methods
        The main assessment methods for intellectual and cognitive skills (B1-B5) are technical reports (laboratory, project and laser safety reports) and oral presentations associated with project work. B2 and B5 are further assessed through written examinations.

    C: Practical Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        C1 : Test and measurement skills: Including the use of test equipment and measurement techniques used in optoelectronics research and technologies.
        C2 : Design and implementation skills: Design of devices and systems and their applications in telecommunications industries.
        C3 : Research skills: Including use of appropriate methods to locate resources and forming research questions and pursuing them autonomously.
        C4 : Writing skills: Including use of proper academic conventions, creating logical and structured narratives and effective use of language to write technical reports and articulate complex conceptual issues.
        C5 : Computational Skills: Use and further develop computer programmes for simulation and data retrieval.
        C6 : Laser Safety: Assessment of electrical chemical and physiological hazards. Classification of lasers.

        Teaching Methods
        Students develop creativity and practical skills through a cycle of practice, feedback and critical reflection. C1, C2, C4 and C5 are developed through laboratory work, laboratory reports, and project work and project report. C3 is developed through project work, seminars, industrial short courses and supervision.
        C6 is developed through seminars, laboratory demonstration, written reports and internet access.

        Assessment Methods
        Practical skills are assessed through demonstrations, laboratory reports, laser safety report, oral presentations and project report.

    D: Key Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        D1 : Communicate information, arguments and ideas effectively using documentation, written reports and oral presentations.
        D2 : Use information technology to retrieve information for learning, research and presentation purposes.
        D3 : Apply mathematical methods for problem solving, design, analysis and implementation.
        D4 : Apply knowledge, understanding and systematic methodology to make judgements and offer solutions in a range of context.
        D5 : Participate as a member of a team to solve technical problems and contribute to the management of team projects.
        D6 : Work to briefs and deadlines, learn independently, manage time and resources, develop their own work and be self-critical.

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