Course detail

Transmission Media

FEKT-BPA-PRMAcad. year: 2022/2023

The course covers topics related to the physical layer of telecommunication networks - an introduction to transmission media, wire and wireless transmission, coaxial cables, twisted pair, optical fibers, basic assembly procedures, transmission and propagation of waves in transmission media, multiplexing techniques, measurements, examples of networks based on different media types.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student acquires practical knowledge in the field of transmission media used in telecommunication networks. The main focus is on cable lines, namely coaxial cables, twisted pair and an optical fiber. For each type of media, the student learns basic parameters and measurement options. Students also acquires knowledge about the installation and cabling, documentation and localization. Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:
- understand the types of transmission media,
- propose a suitable type of transmission medium for connection,
- design a topology for information transfer,
- design technology connecting copper cables,
- design technology connecting optical cables,
- perform basic measurements on the transmission media,
- be able to locate faults on cables.


Knowledge at secondary school level is required. Furthermore, the student should have basic knowledge of the primary parameters of the line - resistance, inductance, capacitance and shunt conductance.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures, practical laboratories and individual project. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

A maximum of 20 points is from test of theoretical and practical knowledge in exercises and 10 points for completing laboratory exercises. A maximum of 15 points is awarded for an individual project. The minimum extent of elaboration of the individual parts is specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer and updated for every academic year. The final written exam is evaluated with a maximum of 55 points.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction
2. Transmission and propagation of waves in media
3. Wired and wireless transmission
4. Coaxial cables
5. Twisted pair
6. Optical fibers I.
7. Optical fibers II.
8. Media termination and cross-connection
9. Multiplexing techniques
10. Measurement and evaluation of network quality
11. The installation and cabling
12. Methods of documentation and search for undegroud cables - metalic, fibres
13. Network examples based on different media types

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to acquaint students with telecommunication transmission media, especially with cable media. During the course students obtain both theoretical and practical knowledge of different types of media, both metallic and optical.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year. Laboratory is compulsory, missed lessons will be replaced by appointment with the teacher.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

FILKA, Miloslav. Transmission media for Telecommunication. Brno, 2014 (EN)
FILKA, Miloslav. Optoelectronics for telecommunications and informatics. Dallas, 2009. ISBN 978-0-615-33185-0. (EN)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPA-ELE Bachelor's

    specialization BPA-ECT , 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Basic transmission problems
Metallic cables
Optical cables
Cable manufacturing procedures
Laying, connecting and assembly methods
Metropolitan, access, and transport networks
Cable and terminals interface
Frequency dependence in links
Cable protection
Digital and xDSL systems and link selection
Optical fibres for wave multiplex selection
Take-over, preventive and fault measurement for cable
Elements of optical networks, network examples

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Introduction, safety at - work regulations
Parameter measurement with image meter
Resistance unbalance measurement
Operation capacitance and capacitance asymmetry measurement
Crosstalk measurement
Optical fibre measurement
Optical fibre transmission system
OTDR - optical measurement
Pulse fault measurement
Cable detector
Localization measurement
Circuit design and measurement
Structured cabling measurement