Communication Networks MS

Communication Networks (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
TCET-601*
Programming & Problem Solving in Telecommunications
3
TCET-715
Converged Network Concepts
The course provides the student with a solid understanding of access, distribution and backbone network, architecture, equipment and technology related to a variety of service provided networks and services critical to the operation of converged and IP networks. Passive Optical Networking, Hybrid Fiber Coax technology, multiplexing, modulation schemes, coding, signaling and networking protocols used in convergence technologies for the delivery of information in a variety of packet and next generation networks are covered in detail. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
TCET-740
Fiber Optic Communications
Fiber-optic, point-to-point telecommunication systems are used as a framework to understand the wide array of fiber-optic telecom technologies, including light sources, optical fiber, and photoreceivers. An emphasis on the nature & behavior of optical signals provides insight into these technologies and into the important fiber-channel impairments of attenuation and dispersion. Fundamental concepts and state-of-the-art advances of these technologies are covered, as well as component-level and system-level analysis. Lecture 2 (Fall).
2
TCET-741
Fiber Optic Communications Lab
This course provides extensive hands-on experience with key technologies used within fiber-optic telecommunication systems, including optical fiber, laser diodes, light-emitting diodes, photodiodes, and pluggable transceivers, as well as key diagnostics such as power meters, oscilloscopes, optical time-domain reflectometers, and optical spectrum analyzers. Students will be trained in laser safety, ESD safety, and fiber-connector inspection, and will develop a broad understanding of fiber-optic test and measurement including transmitter & receiver characterization as well as measuring the fiber-channel impairments of attenuation and dispersion. (Co-requisite: TCET-740 or equivalent course.) Lab 2 (Fall).
1
TCET-751
Wireless Communications
Wireless, digital point-to-point communication systems require a wide array of technologies, some analog (such as antennas, amplifiers, mixers) and some digital (filters, equalizers, decoders, etc.). The course focuses on presenting both system-level and component-level analyses of a complete transceiver operating on a fading channel. Fundamental concepts and classical techniques are presented, as well as some state-of-the-art advances. These concepts are illustrated with hands-on activities using software-defined radio. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
GRCS-701
Research Methods
This is an introductory graduate-level survey course on research design/methods and analysis. The course provides a broad overview of the process and practices of research in applied contexts. Content includes principles and techniques of research design, sampling, data collection, and analysis including the nature of evidence, types of research, defining research questions, sampling techniques, data collection, data analysis, issues concerning human subjects and research ethics, and challenges associated with conducting research in real-world contexts. The analysis component of the course provides an understanding of statistical methodology used to collect and interpret data found in research as well as how to read and interpret data collection instruments. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
 
Electives
12
Second Year
TCET-788
Thesis Planning
This course begins the work on a previously approved thesis proposal and culminates upon successful investigation of the chosen research topic and scholarly development of initial data and results that show likelihood of successful completion of the thesis. The thesis advisor will specify the documentation and presentation needed to satisfy requirements for this course. The MSTET graduate thesis, delivered after subsequently completing TCET-790 Thesis, is a document that describes and presents the results of scholarly research in the field of telecommunications. The results of a MSTET graduate thesis provide new knowledge, processes, software or other assets that advance the state of the art of telecommunications, even in a modest way. (Department consent required) Thesis (Fall, Spring, Summer).
3
TCET-790
Thesis
This course continues research work started in TCET-788 Thesis Planning after completion of that initial research and documentation. The MSTET graduate thesis is a document that describes and presents the results of scholarly research in the field of telecommunications. The results of a MSTET graduate thesis provide new knowledge, processes, software or other assets that advance the state of the art of telecommunications, even in a modest way. (Department consent required) (Prerequisites: TCET-788 or equivalent course.) Thesis (Fall, Spring, Summer).
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

 

Communication Networks (graduate project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
TCET-601*
Programming & Problem Solving in Telecommunications
3
TCET-715
Converged Network Concepts
The course provides the student with a solid understanding of access, distribution and backbone network, architecture, equipment and technology related to a variety of service provided networks and services critical to the operation of converged and IP networks. Passive Optical Networking, Hybrid Fiber Coax technology, multiplexing, modulation schemes, coding, signaling and networking protocols used in convergence technologies for the delivery of information in a variety of packet and next generation networks are covered in detail. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
TCET-740
Fiber Optic Communications
Fiber-optic, point-to-point telecommunication systems are used as a framework to understand the wide array of fiber-optic telecom technologies, including light sources, optical fiber, and photoreceivers. An emphasis on the nature & behavior of optical signals provides insight into these technologies and into the important fiber-channel impairments of attenuation and dispersion. Fundamental concepts and state-of-the-art advances of these technologies are covered, as well as component-level and system-level analysis. Lecture 2 (Fall).
2
TCET-741
Fiber Optic Communications Lab
This course provides extensive hands-on experience with key technologies used within fiber-optic telecommunication systems, including optical fiber, laser diodes, light-emitting diodes, photodiodes, and pluggable transceivers, as well as key diagnostics such as power meters, oscilloscopes, optical time-domain reflectometers, and optical spectrum analyzers. Students will be trained in laser safety, ESD safety, and fiber-connector inspection, and will develop a broad understanding of fiber-optic test and measurement including transmitter & receiver characterization as well as measuring the fiber-channel impairments of attenuation and dispersion. (Co-requisite: TCET-740 or equivalent course.) Lab 2 (Fall).
1
TCET-751
Wireless Communications
Wireless, digital point-to-point communication systems require a wide array of technologies, some analog (such as antennas, amplifiers, mixers) and some digital (filters, equalizers, decoders, etc.). The course focuses on presenting both system-level and component-level analyses of a complete transceiver operating on a fading channel. Fundamental concepts and classical techniques are presented, as well as some state-of-the-art advances. These concepts are illustrated with hands-on activities using software-defined radio. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
GRCS-701
Research Methods
This is an introductory graduate-level survey course on research design/methods and analysis. The course provides a broad overview of the process and practices of research in applied contexts. Content includes principles and techniques of research design, sampling, data collection, and analysis including the nature of evidence, types of research, defining research questions, sampling techniques, data collection, data analysis, issues concerning human subjects and research ethics, and challenges associated with conducting research in real-world contexts. The analysis component of the course provides an understanding of statistical methodology used to collect and interpret data found in research as well as how to read and interpret data collection instruments. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
 
Electives
12
Second Year
TCET-797
Graduate Project
The MSTET graduate project describes and presents the results of scholarly research in the field of telecommunications. The results of a MSTET graduate project provide new knowledge, processes, software, or other assets that advance the state of the art of telecommunications or organize or implement existing knowledge in a unique and useful way. Department permission is required. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Project (Fall, Spring, Summer).
3
 
Elective
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

 

Communication Networks (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
TCET-601*
Programming & Problem Solving in Telecommunications
3
TCET-715
Converged Network Concepts
The course provides the student with a solid understanding of access, distribution and backbone network, architecture, equipment and technology related to a variety of service provided networks and services critical to the operation of converged and IP networks. Passive Optical Networking, Hybrid Fiber Coax technology, multiplexing, modulation schemes, coding, signaling and networking protocols used in convergence technologies for the delivery of information in a variety of packet and next generation networks are covered in detail. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
TCET-740
Fiber Optic Communications
Fiber-optic, point-to-point telecommunication systems are used as a framework to understand the wide array of fiber-optic telecom technologies, including light sources, optical fiber, and photoreceivers. An emphasis on the nature & behavior of optical signals provides insight into these technologies and into the important fiber-channel impairments of attenuation and dispersion. Fundamental concepts and state-of-the-art advances of these technologies are covered, as well as component-level and system-level analysis. Lecture 2 (Fall).
2
TCET-741
Fiber Optic Communications Lab
This course provides extensive hands-on experience with key technologies used within fiber-optic telecommunication systems, including optical fiber, laser diodes, light-emitting diodes, photodiodes, and pluggable transceivers, as well as key diagnostics such as power meters, oscilloscopes, optical time-domain reflectometers, and optical spectrum analyzers. Students will be trained in laser safety, ESD safety, and fiber-connector inspection, and will develop a broad understanding of fiber-optic test and measurement including transmitter & receiver characterization as well as measuring the fiber-channel impairments of attenuation and dispersion. (Co-requisite: TCET-740 or equivalent course.) Lab 2 (Fall).
1
TCET-751
Wireless Communications
Wireless, digital point-to-point communication systems require a wide array of technologies, some analog (such as antennas, amplifiers, mixers) and some digital (filters, equalizers, decoders, etc.). The course focuses on presenting both system-level and component-level analyses of a complete transceiver operating on a fading channel. Fundamental concepts and classical techniques are presented, as well as some state-of-the-art advances. These concepts are illustrated with hands-on activities using software-defined radio. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
GRCS-701
Research Methods
This is an introductory graduate-level survey course on research design/methods and analysis. The course provides a broad overview of the process and practices of research in applied contexts. Content includes principles and techniques of research design, sampling, data collection, and analysis including the nature of evidence, types of research, defining research questions, sampling techniques, data collection, data analysis, issues concerning human subjects and research ethics, and challenges associated with conducting research in real-world contexts. The analysis component of the course provides an understanding of statistical methodology used to collect and interpret data found in research as well as how to read and interpret data collection instruments. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
 
Electives
12
Second Year
TCET-795
TCET Comprehensive Exam
0
 
Electives
6
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

* TCET-601 is a bridge course that can be waived by qualification exam. Credits for course or waiver do not count toward degree.

Students must use the curriculum electives to complete at least 9 credits from a list of courses approved by the faculty to earn an option. Students may complete courses listed in any option or choose courses from a list of approved elective courses to complete the required number of electives. A student is not required to complete any option but may pick and choose courses that fulfill their educational objectives from any of the listed options of approved elective courses. The currently-approved courses by option are:

Options

Fiber Optic and Photonic Communications Option
Course
Choose three from the list below for 9 credits
   TCET-745
   Advanced Fiber-Optic Communications
This course focuses on characterizing and designing the capacity and reach of fiber-optic transmission systems in terms of key performance metrics (BER, Q-factor, eye diagrams, and system margin, transmission penalty, optical-power budgets, and OSNR budgets), the impact of key physical impairments (loss, dispersion, nonlinearity), and techniques used to overcome these impairments (optical amplification, dispersion compensation, power mitigation). Widespread fiber-optic transmission modalities (such as wavelength-division multiplexing and amplitude modulation) as well as emerging modalities (such as polarization-division multiplexing and phase modulation) will be covered. (Prerequisites: TCET-740 and TCET-741 or equivalent courses.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
   TCET-748
   Fiber Optic Test & Measurement
This course covers the test & measurement of fiber-optic components & diagnostics, including: time-based, frequency-based, polarization-based measurement of optical & electro-optic components; test-station design, specification, activation, calibration, and usage; reliability testing & industry test standards; optical-waveguide coupling; design & analysis of diagnostics; polarization generation, manipulation, and detection; data acquisition & analysis. (Prerequisites: TCET-740 and TCET-741 or equivalent courses.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
   EEEE-771
   Optoelectronics
To provide an introduction to the operating principles of optoelectronic devices used in various current and future information processing and transmission systems. Emphasis in this course will be on the active optoelectronic devices used in optical fiber communication systems. Topics include optical resonators, quantum states of light, semiconductor optics, fundamental of lasers, light-emitting diodes, laser diodes, semiconductor photon detectors, optical modulators, quantum wells, and optical fiber communication systems. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
   MFET-655
   Surface Mount Electronics Manufacturing
This course provides a thorough understanding of the technology, components, equipment, materials and manufacturing process for through hole technology and surface mount technology electronics manufacturing. Students will develop a strong foundation needed for advanced work in surface mount technology (SMT). The activities will provide the students an orientation and familiarization of the manufacturing equipment and process parameters for printed circuit board assembly. Graduate students will explore surface defects and remediation and will prepare a detailed annotated bibliography related to specific aspects of electronics manufacturing. Topics in Design for Manufacturing are also considered for high volume vs. low volume manufacturing. Students may only receive credit for this course or MFET-545, not both. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS or at least 3rd year standing in EMET-BS/MS, MCET-BS/MS, MFET-BS/MS programs. Students cannot take and receive credit for this course if they have taken MFET-545.) Lecture 3, Recitation 1 (Fall).
Network Design and Management Option
Course
Choose three from the list below for 9 credits
   TCET-620
   Applied Machine Learning
Machine learning has applications in a wide variety of fields ranging from medicine and finance to telecommunications and autonomous self-driving vehicles. This course introduces machine learning and gives you the knowledge to understand and apply machine learning to solve problems in a variety of application areas. The course covers neural net structures, deep learning, support vector machines, training and testing methods, clustering, classification, and prediction with applications across a variety of fields. The focus will be on developing a foundation from which a variety of machine learning methods can be applied. Students may not take and receive credit for this course if they have already taken EEET-520. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor. If you have earned credit for EEET-520 or you are currently enrolled in EEET-520 you will not be permitted to enroll in TCET-620.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
   TCET-723
   Telecommunications Network Engineering
This course covers accepted network design principles and methodologies as they apply to circuit, packet, frame, cell and synchronization networks. Course topics are transmission engineering, traffic engineering models, timing and synchronization, design of voice and data networks, and electrical grounding concepts. (Prerequisites: TCET-715 or TCET-710 and TCET-720 or equivalent courses.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
   TCET-747
   Next Generation Networks
This hybrid course is a cross between an independent study and a seminar course. It provides MSTET students the opportunity to research and report on near term Next Generation Networks (NGN). The course consists of professor provided discussion on NGN followed by each student researching NGN types. Basically, a case study approach is utilized. Immediately after completing the research and written paper regarding one’s selected topic/case, each student will read each others and then present theirs to all other students in the class. As a result, every student will not only benefit from their own research of topics/cases but also be informed of other NGN by other students. Students should already have some understanding of how to perform research and must possess at least adequate writing skills. (This course is restricted to students in the TCET-MS program.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
   TCET-760
   Network Planning and Design
This course teaches the art and science of metropolitan and wide area network design for both modern delay (data) networks and traditional blocking (voice) networks; the greatest emphasis is on modern delay networks. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are used as the student progresses through the network analysis, architecture and network design processes. An advanced WAN Fiber Optic design tool, such as OPNET Transport Planner is utilized in a required graduate project. The following are typical types of projects: Write an RFP, design an extensive metropolitan and wide area network using the latest technologies, design an extensive fiber optic network using a design tool like OPNET Transport Planner. Note: Since some students may not yet have taken a fiber course, the OPNET project stresses the use of the tool rather than the specifics of fiber optics. (This course is restricted to students in the TCET-MS program.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
Wireless Communications Option
Course
All courses required for 9 credits
   TCET-750
   Wireless Systems Regulation
The fundamental legal and regulatory principles of U.S. wireless mobile and fixed radio frequency communication systems are studied in this course. At the end of this course, students will be able to (1) analyze the legal and regulatory issues related to wireless base station site zoning approval, (2) calculate radio-frequency human exposure levels and (3) apply relevant regulations related to deployment of the wireless infrastructure. Lecture 3 (Spring).
   TCET-752
   Advanced Wireless Communication
This course focuses on modern wideband wireless communications over the frequency-selective channel. It covers channel models, equalization and synchronization techniques, and contemporary modulations such as SC-FDE and OFDM. State-of-the-art and emerging technologies, such as MIMO, massive MIMO, and spatial modulation are included. These are studied in the context of current mobile and networking standards, such as 3G, LTE, and 5G, and IEEE 802.x. Lecture 3 (Spring).
   TCET-753
   Wireless Networks
This course focuses on multiplexing, multiple access, medium access control, and frequency reuse, and how these influences a wireless network’s choice of protocols, topology, security, efficiency, etc. Following this approach, cellular, sensor, WLANs, WPANs, IoT, and other important current wireless network technologies are explored. (Prerequisites: TCET-751 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).