ELEC 434: Introduction to Optical Networking

2016-2017 Term 2

Instructor: Dr. Victor Leung

·         Office: Kaiser Room 4013

·         Office Hours: Mondays 2:00-3:00 pm.

Teaching Assistant:  Mr. Nam Ky Giang <kyng@ece.ubc.ca>


28 Oct. 2016:  You are welcome to register for ELEC 434. This course does not involve complex mathematics, but you are expected to be familiar with basic probabilities and discrete random processes. Lectures will start on Wednesday, 4 Jan. 2017. You will access the course notes and further announcements via UBC Connect using your UBC CWL login.  If you need my approval to register for this course, please bring a course add/drop form to the first lecture for my signature.

Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to gain an understanding of various issues in designing an optical network. Topics include SONET/SDH, wavelength division multiplexing, framing techniques, traffic grooming, multiple access protocols, virtual topology design, routing and wavelength assignment, protection and restoration, and optical packet switching.

Why Take This Course: Optical networks constitute the key technology that is propelling the high speed Internet, which touches our daily live by providing global connections between people and access to the web of information.  This course gives you in-depth knowledge on the elements of optical networks and how they work together to support high capacity data transfer. You will also learn to design optical networks and analyze their performance.  If you are interested in a career in telecommunications or pursuing research on high speed networks, or if you are just curious about how the Internet moves a huge amount of information in a short time, this course is for you.

Time: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays  1:00 – 1:50 pm

Place: MCLD 214 (Mondays/Wednesdays), MCLD 242 (Fridays)

Textbook (required): Rajiv Ramaswami, Kumar Sivarajan, and Galen Sasaki, Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective, 3rd Edition, Morgan Kaufman Publishers, 2010.




Grading Scheme (may be adjusted):


Assignments:              10%

Mid-term tests:          30%

Final exam:                60%   


Course materials can be accessed via UBC Connect once you have registered for the course.


Last Updated January 5, 2017.