The main objective of this course is to provide the student with an overview of the different communication technologies for the connected society, with special emphasis on aspects related to digital communications: physical and link layers (logical control and medium access). To achieve this objective, the student must acquire a series of technical knowledge and skills.
Regarding technical knowledge, at the end of the course the student must:
1. Understand the relevance of broadband networks, as well as their main actors and services.
2. Know the most relevant characteristics of the different physical access media used today.
3. Have an overview of the main communications technologies associated with each transmission medium.
4. Understand the transmission mechanisms at the physical level, access to the medium and logical control used in each case and the reasons for their use.
5. Know the main details of the most relevant communication technologies for the connected society.
Regarding the capacities, during the course they will work on:
1. The application of the technical knowledge acquired in other subjects related to digital communications and communications networks to the analysis of network access technologies.
2. Teamwork, assuming a certain role and associated responsibilities.
3. The identification and resolution of problems related to the physical and link layers.
4. Efficient and effective communication of technical information.
5. The recognition of the need for continuous learning, obtaining the necessary information to deepen specific aspects of a certain technology already studied or analyze a technology not studied from different bibliographic sources: web pages, books, technical reports, articles, standards, etc. Critical analysis and contrast of the information obtained.
6. Knowledge of the main current communication networks and the most important access technologies to them.