TTM4105 - Access and Transport Networks


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Work 15/100 A
Work 25/100 E
Written examination 60/100 4 hours F

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: synchronization, multiplexing, routing, switching, signalling, mobility, security.
- Applications and their requirements to Quality of Service
- Capacity and transmission characteristics of different mediums.

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 gain deep insight into 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, Team-Based Learning (TBL) quizzes, a term assignment and exercises. The exercises are compulsory and must be approved to qualify for the final exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 1

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes TBL quizzes which count 25%, a term assignment which counts 15%, and a written final exam which counts 60%. 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.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIE5010 7.5


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Work 15/100 A
Autumn ORD Work 25/100 E
Autumn ORD Written examination 60/100 F 2018-11-28 09:00
  • * 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.