EC EN 562 Optical Communications

Winter 2007

Course Schedule



Welcome to Optical Communications, and to what will be a fun and intriguing adventure! We will be covering the following topics:

Instructors & Times

Stephen Schultz

464 CB

(801) 422-1693









8:00 - 9:00 am






9:00 - 10:00 am






10:00 - 11:00 am





11:00 - 12:00 am  



12:00am - 1:00pm

562 Class
384 CB


562 Class
384 CB


562 Class
384 CB

1:00 - 2:00 pm






2:00 - 3:00 pm    



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Main textbook: A. Yariv and P. Yeh, Photonics, Oxford University Press, 2007, ISBN 0-19-517946-3.



The prerequisites for this course is graduate standing.  Recommended prerequisite courses ECE462 and ECE466.

This class will require some mathematical maturity in algebra, integral and differential calculus, and some fundamental knowledge of electromagnetics.



Final grades for ECEn 562 will be based on the following distribution:

Homework 30%
Main Project 25%
Mini Projects 15%
Midterm 15%
Final  15%



Homework assignments will be placed on the web. You should check this site regularly for updated information. Homework can be turned in the box marked ECEn 562, outside CB 413. The solution to the homework will be posted on the web.  Because the homework solutions will be posted this way, late homework will not be accepted. 

Cooperative group study on the homework is encouraged, but simply copying someone else's work is unethical and against the honor code. Much insight can be gained by studying with one or more groups, if you discipline yourself to find your own solutions first before comparing results. Rely on other's help only when you have exhausted all of your own ideas or have made no progress for 15 or 20 minutes. Remember, the exams will be totally your own work. One of  the biggest contributor to excessive time spent on homework is failure to read the text material and class notes for understanding prior to attempting problems.

Remember that you are studying to be professional engineers and will be paid to solve problems without known solutions. Not only will no one give you the answers, but you will be the expert expected to know if the solution is correct. That is why it is important to solve many of our homework problems "blind," without a published answer.


Main Class Project

You will be required to chose one class project


Mini Projects

You will be required to complete a series of smaller class project.  These mini projects should be substantially short than the main class project.  Some on these projects will be similar to laboratory exercises.



We will have two exams.  The exams will be three hours and be open book and open notes. 



Honor Code

I expect you to live the honor code. Cheating of any kind will result in a failing grade in the course.



You will find a good scientific calculator extremely useful during your engineering career. The minimum recommended calculator must have trig, log, root, and exponential functions.


Preparation for Lectures

Reading assignments will be given, and students are expected to come to class having completed the assigned reading. Students may be called on randomly to demonstrate their knowledge of the material by working problems on the board to assist the class in understanding the current discussion topic. The assigned reading pages for each day of lecture are listed below in the lecture schedule.


Preparation for Exams

If you would like to do well on exams, I suggest that you do the following:
(1) Daily: Come to class prepared. Read the assignment before the lecture and try working the Drill Exercises before class.
(2) Weekly: Make sure you understand how to do every homework problem.
(3) Before the exam: Review the text and your notes and make a one page summary of all of the important formulas and ideas.
(4) Before the exam: Rework all Drill Exercises and homework problems.
(5) Night before exam: Get a good night sleep.

Preventing Sexual Harassment

Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participants in an educational program or activity that receives federal funds. The act is intended to eliminate sex discrimination in education. Title IX covers discrimination in programs, admissions, activities, and student-to-student sexual harassment. BYU's policy against sexual harassment extends not only to employees of the university but to students as well. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender based discrimination, please talk to your professor; contact the Equal Employment Office at 378-5895 or 367-5689 (24-hour); or contact the Honor Code Office at 378-2847.


Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office (378-2767). Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by the SSD Office. If you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures. You should contact the Equal Employment Office at 378-5895, D-282 ASB.

Important Dates.

Exam 1, TBD

Exam 2, during finals week

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