Public University of Navarre

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Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications Engineering at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 253501 Subject title: FUNDAMENTALS OF WIRED NETWORKS
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Mandatory Year: 3 Period: 1º S
Department: Ingeniería Eléctrica, Electrónica y de Comunicación
TAINTA AUSEJO, SANTIAGO (Resp)   [Mentoring ]

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Module/Subject matter

Module: Common specific training in Telecommunication Systems

Subject matter: Wired and wireless networks



The course aims to provide an introductory overview of current and future communications networks in local area (LANs), metropolitan area (MANs) and wide area networks (WANs) with special emphasis on the use of fiber optic links for the latter.

This course describes the guided transmission media used in communication networks from the physical point of view. Thus, it will start by describing the electrical and optical media of transmission and then move on to the presentation of the data networks that use them.


General proficiencies

In this course the following generic and basic competences will be worked on:


G2. Teamwork

G3. Self-directed learning

G4. Efficiency in oral and written communication with language training in English

G5. Efficiency in the management of information resources

G7. Capacity to conceive, design, implement and operate systems and services in the field of TIC

CB2. That students know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and possess the skills that are usually demonstrated by developing and defending arguments and solving problems within their area of study

CB3. That students can gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of study) to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues

CB4. That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences

CB5. That students have developed the learning skills required to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy


Specific proficiencies

3.1 - Ability to build, operate and manage telecommunication networks, services, processes and applications, understanding them as systems for capturing, transporting, representing, processing, storing, managing and presenting multimedia information from the point of view of transmission systems

3.2 - Ability to apply the techniques underlying telecommunication networks, services and applications both fixed or mobile in personal, local or long-distance environments at different bandwidths, including telephony, radio broadcasting, television broadcasting and data transmission, from the point of view of transmission systems.

3.3 - Ability to analyze components and their specifications for guided and non-guided communications systems.

3.4 - Compentece for the selection of circuits, subsystems and systems in the radiofrequency, microwave, radio broadcasting, radio links and radiodetermination domains.

3.5 - Compentece for the selection of antennas, transmission equipment and systems in guided and non-guided systems, by electromagnetic, radiofrequency or optical means and the related radio space management and frequency allocation.


In particular, in this course, these competences are specified in

a - Ability to understand and interpret network cabling projects

b - Knowledge of the underlying operating principles for electrical and optical data transmission networks at residential and industrial level.

c - Ability to carry out the design of guided links and communication networks. Use of tools for the design of the network, its dimensioning and estimation of the budget.

d - Capacity to analyze components based on their specifications and select equipment and transmission media for the propagation of guided waves in the electrical or optical domain.


Learning outcomes

When the course is over, the student should be able to:


LO01.- Describe and explain the operation principle and main parameters of the photonic components and subsystems used in communication networks, be able to obtain them from the datasheets of commercial devices and use them in the context of the design of telecommunication and measurement systems.


LO02.- Know the equipment and transmission media used for the propagation of guided waves in electric media (OSI levels 1 and 2) and analyze the components of electrical wired networks from their specifications.


LO03.- Apply the knowledge acquired in other subjects of the degree related to transmission parameters in communication systems, among others, to design and execute network cabling projects.


LO04.- Explain the main degradation mechanisms that affect the propagation of optical and electrical signals, as well as techniques to mitigate them.


LO05.- Design simple optical communication links based on their specifications, such as the required link quality and range.


LO06.- Explain the operation, architecture, topology and services offered in different types of optical communication networks (local area, access, metropolitan area and wide area,...) from the point of view of the lower levels of the OSI model, particularly the physical level.


LO07.- Perform simple designs of optical networks, especially access networks.


LO08.- Apply knowledge of electrical wired networks to perform calculations that allow their sizing and budget estimation.


LO09.- Understand the techniques on which wired networks, telecommunication services and applications are based in personal, local and long distance environments with different bandwidths from the point of view of transmission systems.


LO10.- Synthesize the existing information in electrical network cabling projects and communicate it orally, written and graphically.


LO11.- Present to a specialized audience the design of a simple fiber optic network, defending the solutions adopted (topology, components, etc.) with technical and market analysis.



The theoretical classes will combine theoretical explanations and the presentations of other study materials, as well as the resolutions of practical cases that bring the student closer to the vision and difficulties encountered by professionals on a daily basis. The practical classes will allow the student to contact the materials and equipment referred to in the theoretical classes and to understand a cabled network design project together with the associated electrical installation. The collaboration of external professionals will also be arranged in order to complete the teacher's vision of the equipment and materials studied, as well as for the presentation of practical cases. 

Methodology - Activity Presential Hours Non-presential hours
A-1 Theoretical classes 42  
A-2 Practical sessions 15  
A-3 Debates, discussions, presentations 5  
A-4 Report preparation   20
A-5 Material reading   15
A-6 Individual study   45
A-7 Evaluation activities 5  
A-8 Group mentoring 5  
Total 70 80



Learning outcome Assessment activity Weight (%) It allows test resit Minimum required grade
LO01, LO02, LO03, LO04, LO05, LO06, LO07, LO08, LO09. Written tests 60 Yes 5
LO01, LO02, LO03, LO04, LO05, LO06, LO07, LO08, LO09, LO10, LO11. Laboratory sessions and reports 40 No No minimum grade


In order to be able to average out the different parts of the evaluation, a minimum score of 5.0 out of 10 must be obtained in the proposed written tests for both the ordinary and the extraordinary evaluation. In case of failing the subject, the final grade will be the one corresponding to the part not passed with the highest weight.

In order to pass the course, it is compulsory to do all the homework within the established deadlines.

Attendance to the laboratory sessions in the designated dates is also mandatory; reschedule of the sessions is not contemplated and the student must attend at least 4 of them.

The grades obtained for the different grading activities in previous years are not kept. The grades ¿review for the different activities will take place only on the designated dates.

Continuous evaluation will be implemented with assignments throughout the semester, as well as partial examinations.



LESSON 1: Fundamentals of cables and conductors (6h)

1.1. Concepts and classifications

1.2. Insulation / Shielding

LESSON 2: Cables and transmission parameters (10h)

2.1. Coaxial cable and twisted pair cable

2.2. Transmission parameters

2.3. Cable connection hardware

 LESSON 3: Optical transmission medium (10h)

3.1. Fundamentals and basic features

3.2. Transmission parameters

3.3. Introduction to photonic components

LESSON 4: Electrical wired networks (4h)

4.1. Fundamentals of wired networks (access networks: xDSL, PLC)

4.2. Regulations

4.3. Office networks

4.4. Industrial networks

4.5. Networks in datacenters

LESSON 5: Optical networks (10h)

5.1. Optical equipment

5.2. Fiber optic links

5.3. MAN / WAN networks and their technological evolution

5.4. Passive fiber optic networks

LESSON 6: Integrative case (5h)

6.1. CATV network

6.2. Examples from other networks


1.- Fiber optic cables and components (3h)

2.- Twisted pair and ethernet cable (3h)

3.- HFC TV distribution networks (3h)

4.- Problems of analysis and design of fiber optic links (3h)

5.- Presentations (3h)


Experimental practice program

There will be 9 hours of experimental practices in the Optical Communications and Television Laboratory divided into three sessions:

1.- Fiber optic cables and components (3h)

2.- Twisted pair and ethernet cable (3h)

3.- HFC TV distribution networks (3h)




Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

The student will receive all the documentation corresponding to the course and can consult the texts available in the library. Thus, there will be no need to purchase any additional book. However, the bibliography that has been used for the preparation of said documentation is detailed below in case that the student wants to go deeper in the study of the topics covered during the course:


1.- Cabling: The Complete Guide to Copper and Fiber-Optic Networking 5th Edition

Andrew Oliviero, Bill Woodward

Sybex; 5 edition (March 10, 2014)

ISBN-10: 1118807324

ISBN-13: 978-1118807323


2.- Cabling: The Complete Guide to Network Wiring

David Barnett, David Groth, Jim McBee

Sybex; 3 edition (July 21, 2004)

ISBN-10: 0782143318

ISBN-13: 978-0782143317


3.- Instalaciones de telecomunicaciones para edificios

Ignacio R. Matías, Carlos Fernández Valdivielso et al. Published by Marcombo S. A.


4.- Introduction to copper cabling 2002

John Crisp. Published by Newnes. ISBN 0750655550


5.- Practical Industrial Data Networks: IDC Technology

Steve Mackay, Edwin Wright, Reynders Edwin and John Park. Published by Newnes. ISBN-10: 075065807x


6.- Premises Cabling

Donald J., Jr Sterling. Published by Delmar Pub. ISBN: 0827372442


7.- Building a Network: How to Specify, Design, Procure, and Install a Corporate Lan,

Peter D. Rhodes. Published by McGraw Hill Text. ISBN: 0070521344


8.- Normativa UNE 50713


9.- Optical Networks: a practical perspective

R. Ramaswami, K. N. Sivarajan, G. H. Sasaki, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc., 3rd edition, 2008.


10.- Fibre Optic Test and Measurement

D. Derickson, Prentice Hall, 1998.


11.- Broadband Optical Access Networks and Fiber-to-the-Home: Systems Technologies and Deployment Strategies

John Wiley and Sons, 2006


12.- Fibre to the Home, the new empowerment.

Paul E. Green.  John Wiley & Sons, 2005






The course (theory and practice) is taught in English. Knowledge of written Spanish is recommended to access some documents of the recommended bibliography. Some activities, such as external collaborations, might also be in Spanish.



Classroom and Optical Communications and Television Laboratory