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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2021-22

Previously to atted to the lectures of fundamentals enginnering it is recommended that the students passed the following subjects:

Fundamentals of engineering physics I

Fundamentals of engineering physics II

Mathematics I


The course aims for students to understand the physical principles of electromagnetic waves in the specific case of the visible spectrum. It explains the basics of reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference and polarization of electromagnetic waves, and the laws inferred. On the other hand  light-emitting sources, and different lighting systems will be analyzed, as well as radiometric characteristics, and its equivalent photometric and colorimetric principles, applied to different systems.

 The course consists of different activities presential and non-presential. The activities are classroom lectures and practical classes and laboratory problems. In all activities both individual and group work will be conducted.

  The activities of the lectures and practical problems will be conducted in the lecture room, while laboratory practical classes will be held in the Optics Laboratory located on the ground floor of the EPS III.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

UA Basic Transversal Competences

  • CT11 : Capacity to learn and apply new concepts and methods in an autonomous and interdisciplinary fashion.
  • CT13 : Capacity to adopt the scientific method when planning and carrying out different academic and professional tasks.
  • CT14 : Capacity for self-criticism needed to analyse and improve the quality of projects.
  • CT6 : Capacity to use the English language fluently to access technical information, respond to the needs of society and be self-sufficient when preparing one's professional career.
  • CT7 : Capacity for oral and written exposition.
  • CT8 : Capacity to plan tasks and commit oneself to satisfying goals and deadlines.
  • CT9 : Capacity for group work.


Specific Competences:>>Basic

  • B3 : Understand and master the basic concepts of the general laws of mechanics, thermodynamics, fields and waves and electromagnetism the their application to solve engineering problems.


Basic Transversal Competences

  • CT3 : Students should have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (normally within their field of study) to give opinions that include a reflection on important, social, scientific, ethical matters, etc.
  • CT5 : Students should have developed the necessary learning skills to take on later studies with a high level of autonomy.


Specific Competences: >> Competences Common to the Telecommunications Branch

  • C15 : Understand the standards and regulations of telecommunications in Spain, Europe and Internationally.
  • C3 : Capacity to use computer tools to find bibliographic resources and information related to telecommunications and electronics.


Specific Competences: >> Competences Specific to Sound and Image

  • E3 : Capacity to carry out projects for premises and facilities intended for producing and recording audio and video signals.
  • E5 : Capacity to create, code, manage, broadcast and distribute multimedia content, taking into account criteria of usability and accessibility to audiovisual, broadcasting and interactive services.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2021-22


  • To acquiere basic knowledge of the principles and fundamentals laws of optics.
  • Understanding the mechanisms of electromagnetic wave propagation in different media. 
  • Accustom the student to use a method of reasoning appropiate to apply the knowledge of optics to solve communication problems in the field ot Telecommunications.
  • Properly analize the results of laboratory experiences identifying the strategies to follow in the different methos and the measurement techniques.
  • Successfully use library resources and different sources of information, to update on issues related to the subject. 






Code: 20012
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,20
Practical credits: 1,20
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,2
    Practical credits: 1,2
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

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