Telecomm Technology Courses
The course descriptions here detail some commonly offered courses in telecommunication technology.
- Fundamental Telecommunications Concepts is a foundation course in the concepts, history and major technologies of telecommunications. It provides a broad look that prepares students for more in-depth, specialized classes.
- The Applied Telecommunications Technology course explores the hard technology of telecommunications and the telecommunications industry as a regulated environment. Topics covered include analog and digital signaling and signal types, switching, modulation, multiplexing, telephony, data transfer, and network standards.
- High Speed Information Networks is a course examining the architecture, protocols and application of high speed networks, their maintenance and the challenges of managing their growth. Frame relays, high speed LANs and WANs and emerging applications are among the topics covered.
- Whether as theoretical concepts, laboratory prototypes, or improvements to existing protocols, new technologies are constantly in development. The Emerging Technologies course aims to acquaint students with concepts that are nearly ready for wider deployment and those that may be in 10-15 years.
- The Cellular and Wireless Technologies course is a baseline introduction to wireless networking concepts, interfacing issues, and cellular digital protocols, such as FDMA, TDMA, and CDMA. Students also learn about first generation analog systems, paging systems and satellite communications.
- Students take the Advanced Cellular and Wireless Systems course for an in-depth review of cellular and wireless systems. Study topics include wireless local loop (WLL), wireless LANS (802.11), wireless data transmission, second generation packet-based technologies, such as GPRS and EDGE, and third generation systems.
- Wireless Network Performance Management is a course on the operation and maintenance of major functional elements in mobile wireless networks, radio access networks, and core backbone networks and the trade-offs network managers must make between performance and reliability. Life-cycle analysis and the challenges of migrating to new technologies are also covered.
- Students take the Next Generation Wireless Systems course for a broad look at both the hardware requirements and architecture of emerging wireless network technology standards and the applications and services they may enable. The course gives particular emphasis to rival third generation standards UMTS and CDMA2000, their evolution and the global markets in which they compete.
- The Network and Internet Security course is designed to teach students about security systems used in telecommunications. Throughout the course, students will learn about the design and function of various security systems for voice and data networks. Topics discussed may include firewalls, authentication processes, and virtual private networks, among others.
- The course on LAN/WAN Technologies focuses specifically on the way that LAN/WAN technologies are used in data communication systems. Topics of study include LAN standards, FDDI, bridges and routers, token ring, and switched technologies.
- In the Network Architecture course, students learn about TCP/IP and network architecture. The focus is primarily on the planning and implementation of networks using TCP/IP, but other protocols are also covered, including ARP, RARP, and ICMP protocols.
Online courses in telecommunications technology may cover basic electronics, individual components of telecommunications systems, and how components work together. These courses teach students how to design, optimize, monitor, and manage small and large-scale telecommunications networks. They may be included with online bachelor's degree or undergraduate certificate programs.
Telecommunications technology programs generally offer classes in both wireline and wireless systems. Wires and fiber optic cables that connect switches, computers and other components are the backbone of every network, while wireless communication and wireless networks require dedicated technologies and pose their own unique management challenges. Some courses will be part of an engineering track aimed at students who plan to become technicians. Others will be part of a management track for students seeking to become higher-level supervisors and administrators.
Individuals who are looking to study telecommunications technology online can find a variety of courses that cover networking concepts and equipment at the undergraduate level.