Digital Communications OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Bachelor Level Digital Communications Course

Published Feb 07, 2009

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Optical fiber is gaining importance and ubiquity in the field of digital communications. The Open University provides an undergraduate-level class covering the basics of optical fibers. The 'Digital Communications' OpenCourseWare is appropriate for anyone interested in digital communications.

Digital Communications: Course Specifics

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Digital Communications: Course Description

'Digital Communications' is a comprehensive course covering every aspect of digital communications, starting with a discussion of the uses of digital communication. Course materials then explore the elements involved in this technology including light sources, fiber types and attenuation. The course discusses the various types of fiber-optic cables in use and their properties. Students will learn about the future of fiber-optic links and how they will change the way that home-users and businesses access the Internet and communicate. The course also covers optical materials and the future direction of optical-fiber communication. This advanced-level course requires approximately 20 hours to complete and is recommended for anyone pursuing studies in digital communications.

Course materials include online notes with tables and illustrations, activities, a reference list and a discussion forum. To find out more about this course, visit the digital communications course page.

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