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Telecom Course and Class Descriptions

Certificates, bachelor's degrees and master's degrees are available in the field of telecommunications, or telecom. Students will be offered a mix of academic study and lab work to complete course requirements for academic programs in this field.

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Essential Information

Colleges, universities, and some technical schools offer courses in telecom and related subjects. Certificate and degree programs in this field include coursework that focuses on network technology, wireless technology and telecommunications security.

Here are a few common concepts in telecom courses:

  • Design/configuration of a complex network
  • Streaming audio and video
  • Radio frequency engineering and identification devices
  • Hardware/software
  • Single, mixed and multi-user environments
  • Safeguarding data

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List of Telecom Courses

Networking Course

This is a required class, one of the first taken by students enrolled in telecom programs. With lectures and lab-based work on telecommunications theory and on the application of technical and practical skills, students get a solid understanding of telecom systems and architecture. Students discuss network technology like fiber optics, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), switching, routing and benchmark analysis of network performance. Lessons include transmission control protocols, packet and circuit switching, routing, testing and technical problem resolution.

Wireless Communications Course

The prominence of wireless communications makes this a required class in most telecom programs. While the underpinnings of wireless communications theory are studied, there's a heavy emphasis on planning and implementing wireless architecture. Topics of study include wireless spectrum allocation, planning for wireless telecom coverage and network capacity. Some programs include lab work in supplement to lectures.

Voice over Internet Protocol Course

A class in Voice over Internet Protocol technology, more commonly known as VoIP, may be an elective class. Coursework includes telecom transmission protocols, network design, call quality standards and issues, network maintenance and network capacity. Required lab exercises in VoIP build on classroom lessons.

Network Security Course

Students evaluate strengths and weaknesses in telecom networks, as well as learn how to assess and combat internal and external threats. They discuss detection and investigation procedures to address general challenges to network security overall. Topics include digital signatures and certificates, firewalls, system monitoring and access control. Implementation of security measures like encryption and authentication are also discussed.

Telecom Law and Policy Course

A course in law and telecom policy can be required or be offered as an elective. This lecture-based class covers the principles of telecommunications law and its evolution, including major cases, from the earliest days of the telephone until now. Lectures include competition and antitrust laws, industry regulation, network neutrality, licensing issues and related legal, political, economic and technical issues. The curriculum usually also includes a survey of federal and state telecom policy.

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