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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 0.5
Hours: 7 lecture, 5 laboratory per quarter (12 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Completion of recognized sound and communication apprenticeship or equivalent and recent employment as an installer/technician in the sound and communication industry.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable


Covers the basic structure, cabling, tools, connectors and terminations, hardware, headend equipment and testing of a Closed Antenna Television and Distributed Antenna Systems (CATV/DAS) system.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Identify coaxial cable types
B. Describe the effects of attenuation over coaxial cable
C. Identify tools used in CATV/DAS
D. Identify types of connectors
E. Describe the installation steps to install a RG6 compression connector
F. Describe the installation steps to install a Heliax connector
G. Identify CATV/DAS headend equipment

Course Content

A. CATV - Introduction (Lec)
B. CATV - History (Lec)
1. CRT
2. Antennas
C. CATV - Basic Structure (Lec)
1. Provider
2. Backbone
3. Distribution
D. CATV - Cabling (Lec and Lab)
1. Series 59
2. Series 6
3. Series 11
4. Hardline
5. Impedance
6. Attenuation
E. CATV - Tools (Lec and Lab)
1. Lopper cutter
2. Crimpers
3. Compression crimpers
4. Coax stripers
5. Coring tool
F. CATV - Connectors and Termination (Lab)
1. Screw-on
2. Crimp
3. Compression
G. CATV - Distribution Hardware (Lec)
1. Amplifiers
2. Splitters
3. Directional taps
4. Antennas
H. CATV - Headend Equipment (Lec)
1. Demodulators
2. Modulators
3. Combiners
I. CATV - Testing (Lec and Lab)
1. Loop testing
2. Balancing
3. Field strength meter
4. TV
J. CATV - Hands-on Lab (Lab)
1. Install RF connector
2. Install cabling to TVs
3. Test and commission
K. DAS - History (Lec)
1. Relation to CATV
2. Coaxial systems
L. DAS - Types and Signal Sources (Lec)
1. Signal source
2. Distributed system
M. DAS - Installation (Lec and Lab)
1. Cable types
2. Connectors
N. DAS - Commissioning and Testing (Lec and Lab)
1. Testing equipment
2. Certification

Lab Content

A. Work individually and in teams with basic tools of the trade, test instruments and tool safety.
B. Included will be the installation of sound and/or communication devices/coaxial cable.
C. Equipment safety and safe handling practices are reviewed and applied.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. CATV/DAS cabling, connectors, special installation tools, and testing equipment.
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to email software and hardware; email address.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

A. Results of assessments
B. Results of quizzes and tests
C. Discussion participation

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

A. Lecture
B. Group discussion
C. Demonstration
D. Lab

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials



Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading assignments:

1. Read discussion titled "CATV - Antennas"; follow directions and complete discussion

B. Writing assignments:

1. Complete the discussion topic "CATV - Antennas" by writing down your results and include and whether you would install an antenna or not and why



Telecommunication Technology