Telecommunications plays an indispensable role in modern life and its importance in our business and social lives is increasing.
PTT has developed a number of online courses that together provide an ideal study programme for those joining the telecommunications industry in a technical role. The Award in Principles of Telecommunications programme also forms a solid foundation for more advanced telecoms studies.
Study Aim: To explore the fundamental principles, components, operation and facilities of modern telecommunications systems.
Topics covered: The study programme begins by introducing the fundamental principles of telecoms technology and then provides an overview of the facilities and capabilities of modern telecommunications systems. The topics you then study in this programme depends on your chosen specialisation (see below).
What you need before beginning this programme: Although not obligatory, the study of Physics at secondary (high) school level will aid your understanding of the principles covered in the study programme.
The Core unit (1) "Fundamental principles of digital communications" which is studied by everyone consists of the following courses:
Analogue and digital signals
Introduces the characteristics and capabilities of the signals used in communications systems and the impairments that limit communications.
Describes the characteristics, capabilities and applications of copper, optical fibre and wireless transmission media and explains the techniques used to maximise the traffic carrying capacity of those media.
Data communications principles
Explains the fundamental principles of data communications and describes the role of the basic functional components of data links and the protocols that define their operation.
Telecoms networks and services
Provides an overview of the role, structure and capabilities of modern telecommunications networks, the regulatory and commercial aspects of service provision, and the facilities of telecommunication services offered to residential and business customers.
Media encoding and transmission
Provides an introduction to the digital processing that is carried out on speech and video before transmission over networks such as the PSTN and over Voice over IP systems.
Choose from one of the three following specialisations:
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