TTM4105 - Access and Transport Networks


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Term assignment 1 25/100
Written exam 50/100 4 hours C
Term assignement 2 25/100

Course content

The course covers technologies and concepts which are used in access and transport networks. General principles are described, and a selection of specific technologies and concepts are covered in depth. A. General: - Architecture of communication networks. - Functions: transmission, synchronization, access, multiplexing, routing, switching, signalling, mobility. - Applications and their requirements to Quality of Service - Capacity and transmission characteristics of different media. B. Wireless Access: - Radio as communication medium (frequency band, modulation, multiplexing, antennas, coverage, propagation). - Medium Access Control - Wireless LAN. - Mobile network access: GSM, UMTS, WiMAX, LTE, etc. - Wireless personal networks and IoT. C. Optical Transport Networks and Fixed Access: - Fixed communication medium (characteristics, availability). - Fiber based access and its applications, active / passive FTTH. - Optical network components. - Optical switching (ROADM, WSS). - Control and Traffic Management. - Protection switching and survivability. - Optical transport networks (OTN). - Carrier Ethernet. - Optical circuit switching (OCS), burst switching (OBS) and packet switching (OPS).

Learning outcome

A. Knowledge: 1) To understand which components, functions and principles are required for the realization of wireless access and optical transport networks. 2) To understand a selection of the most used wireless and optical network technologies. B. Skills: 1) To be able to design and model new networks for a specific purpose. 2) To be able to reuse ideas, technologies and components of previous networks to build new networks. C. General competence: 1) To understand the design of public communication networks and which aspects lie behind particular technological choices.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, short quizzes at the beginning of some lectures, two term assignments and exercises. The exercises are voluntary.

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes two term assignments which counts 25% each, and a written final exam which counts 50%. The results for the parts are given in %-scores. The entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. The written exam is given in English only. The exam can be answered in English or in Norwegian. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. If a student also after the re-sit exam has the final grade F/failed, the student must repeat the entire course. Works that count in the final grade must be repeated.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIE5010 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Telematics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Written exam 50/100 C 2021-12-07 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Storhall del 2 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 49
Autumn ORD Term assignment 1 25/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Term assignement 2 25/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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