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Basic Fiber Optics - A Fiber University Self-Study Program


Lesson Plan. Basic Fiber OpticsLevel: Technician, CFOT

What You Will Learn In This Basic Self-Study Program:
  • What is fiber optics?
  • How is it used in communications?
  • How does a fiber optic link transmit signals?
  • What components are used in fiber optic cable plants?
  • How are fiber optic cable plants installed?
  • How are fiber optic cables spliced and terminated?
  • How does one test a fiber optic cable plant or network?
  • What is involved in designing a fiber optic network?


This lesson plan is designed to offer basic training to anyone just starting in fiber optics and improve the skill level of the individual with some training and/or experience, such as FOA CFOTs. It is strictly  a practical course, not intended to try to teach the theory of optical fiber mode propagation, just the practical things one needs to design, install, test and use fiber optic networks. 
Many students are techs without a strong academic background, so we keep it simple and practical! We emphasize the practical aspects of fiber optic network and cable plant design, installation, test, and troubleshooting. We teach the basics first. Another point is we try to explain the variety of the components and technological approaches used and how to choose among them.
One of the most important points of the program has been to include current day technology. Too many courses teach obsolete theory and practice, out of obsolete textbooks! This course is intended to be kept up to date and will teach differences between applications (telco/CATV/LAN, etc.) so the student can intelligently work in today's environment. Many courses are criticized because they are too specific or prejudiced to one application, technology or manufacturer. We will explore the spectrum with you and tell you where to go to find out more.
This program has been developed as a cooperative effort of many volunteers from the FOA. If you have comments or suggestions on how to improve it, please contact us at info@thefoa.org.

How This Self-Study Program Works:
This Fiber U self-study program will divide the basics of fiber optics into a number of smaller topics. Each topic will have a brief introduction to the subject, telling you what you should learn from that lesson, and will then link you to several pages on the FOA Online Reference Guide to Fiber Optics or Chapters or Sections in the FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics printed book for you to study. Most of the pages will have online quizzes for you to test your comprehension, as will each chapter in the textbook. For each section, you should take the quiz and check your answers, returning to the study materials to find out why you missed any questions. When you finish all lessons, you will be well-versed in the basics of fiber optics and ready for more!

Reference Materials:
You can take this Fiber U Online course using either of these online or printed reference materials.
FOA Online Reference Guide to Fiber Optics
FOA Online Reference Guide to Fiber Optics  

FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics textbook
FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics textbook


Let's get started!


Lesson Plan:

Lesson 1: Basics, Technology, Standards  
Lesson 2: Applications  
Lesson 3: Cables
Lesson 4: Hands-On Cables
Lesson 5: Termination
Lesson 6: Hands-On Terminations
Lesson 7: Cable Plant Design and Installation
Lesson 8: Testing
Lesson 9: Hands-On Fiber Optic Testing and Troubleshooting
Lesson 10: Final Review, CFOT Exam









Lesson 1: Basics  
Lesson 2: Applications  
Lesson 3: Cables
Lesson 4: Hands-On Cables
Lesson 5: Termination
Lesson 6: Hands-On Terminations
Lesson 7: Hands-On Terminations, Splicing
Lesson 8: Testing
Lesson 9: Hands-On Fiber Optic Testing & Troubleshooting
Lesson 10: Designing and Planning The Cable Plant


 

Table of Contents: The FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optics

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