UniServe Science Senior Science Table of Contents

9.4 Information Systems

1.Information Systems 2. Modulation of E-M Waves 3. Information transmitted by E-M waves
4. Geostationary satellites 5. Information transmitted by electrical impulses 6. Optical fibre communication systems

General Background

HSC Online Notes for 9.4 Information Systems

Telstra Education Centre - from Telstra

Institute of Photonics and Optical Science - at The University of Sydney

1. Information Systems

Introduction to Information Systems Eighth Edition outline of text book, by James A. O'Brien ISBN: 0-256-20937-5, from McGraw Hill, includes some real-world cases

Basic Patterns

A Mathematical Theory of Communication - by Claude E. Shannon, from Bell Labs archives

Image of Shannon - from Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent

Overview of Information Theory from Bell Labs - overview of Information Theory from Bell Labs' 50th anniversary, 2006- includes link to Shannon's original paper

Information and Communication Technology overview - from CSIRO

Classify Information Systems - Examples

Wifi - short distance wireless communication, from How Stuff Works


Interactive Timeline - from Texas Instruments - featuring developments from their company

Bell Labs Historical Timeline - from Bell Labs, Alcatel-lucent

Bill's 200-Year Condensed History of Telecommunications - from William von Alven, Manager, FCC Part 68 Operations - till end of 1990's - (maybe students could research the exponential growth in developments in the last decade)

M/Cyclopedia of New Media - developed by KCB336 New Media Technologies students in the Creative Industries faculty, QUT

Privateline.com - latest news headlines relating to the telecommunications industry, from Private Lines

Systems in Daily Use

Modern Communication - from Beyond Discovery, The National Academies - article descibing some of the history - published in 2003

Broadband Buddy - comparison of different systems of broadband

Wiring for land-connected phones

Telstra confirms grim outlook for landline business - from ABC AM Podcasts available

Twisted pair cables - detailed adn in-depth article from ePanorama.net

The World is Already Wired for Multimedia Communications: Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) - from Matrixx Entertainment

ADSL - Article from Choice Magazine

ADSL Broadband Information - comparison of different providers with more detailed information at bottom or page from BroadBand Buddy

Voip Choice - an Australian guide, from Voip Choice


Mobile (Cell) Phones

How Cell Phones Work - from How Stuff Works, cell phone = mobile phone

Gadgets - from Connected Earth, include fax, mobile phone, communication satellite

Mobile Phones - Technology - The Development - from M/Cyclopedia of New Media

Cell Phones - from Suji, World of Computers

Dismantled Cell Phone images

Inside a Cell Phone - from George Mason University

Inside a Digital Cell Phone from How Stuff Works

Inside your mobile phone : which bit does what? - from Connected Earth Web Site - fairly simple but informative

Cell Basics: Cellular History - from Private Line, explains what the cells are


How a fax machine works - from How Stuff Works

Inside the fax machine : which bit does what? - Expanding Image of Fax Machine, from Connected Earth - fairly simple but informative

History of the Fax Machine & Alexander Bain - from About.com

Fax - from Connected Earth Website

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Convergence and Television - developed by KCB336 New Media Technologies students in the Creative Industries Faculty, QUT

Conventional Analog Television - An Introduction to the Technology of TV - detailed and in-depth article from Compamerica.com

Australia's Digital Television Decision - from ABC

Mono TV Receiver - block Diagram, from Hobby Projects

Cathode Ray Tube Tutorial - from Hobby Projects

Phosphors - diagram of a cathode ray tube

How Television Works - from How Stuff Works

The Video Signal Video Engineering Primer - article from Video University

Plasma Television Technology- from Plasma TV Science

Digital TV: A Cringely Crash Course - an introduction to digitial TV and a history of the development of television

Terms You Should Know About Digitial TV - A glossary of terms

LCD or Plasma - an article comparing the two types of technology


Radio - a detailed article on development of readio technology and radio waves

Amplitude Modulation (AM)- from Hobby Projects

A.M. Transmitter Tutorial - from Hobby Projects

A.M. RECEIVER TUTORIAL - from Hobby Projects

Compact Disc Players


How Compact Discs (CDs) Work - from How Stuff Works

General Introduction to CD Technology included in Notes on the Troubleshooting and Repair of Compact Disc Players and CDROM Drives - from Sci.Electronics.Repair,

Others not mentioned in the Syllabus: PDA, Bluetooth, VOIP, GPS, Podcasting

Computer Networks - PowerPoint Presentation, from Bucknell University Computer Science (ppt 296kB)

Advantages of a range of systems

Overview of Communication Systems Emergency Services- .pdf document, from US Government Source (pdf 668kB)

Bandwidth Explained

2. Information transmitted by modulated waves of the electromagnetic spectrum

The Electromagnetic Spectrum for communications - from UNSW

Basic concepts of Microwave Engineering - from Microwaves101

What is Visible Light Communication? - from Visible Light Communication Consortium

Using Visible Light? - from Beyond Discovery, National Academy of Sciences

Optical Fibers Emerge - from Beyond Discovery, National Academy of Sciences

Wireless Infra Red Communications - from WILEY ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TELECOMMUNICATION - detailed, high level article (pdf 166kB)

Infrared communications using the IrDA standard - from Mobile Dev & Design

3. Electromagnetic Spectrum

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Lesson 3 - Understanding Light a lesson plan from NASA, incorpoarting websites and experiment

Lecture 14: Understanding Electromagnetic Radiation - interactive lesson, with links to other good sites as wellfrom University of Arizona

Electromagnetic Emissions - from Telstra

Communication - overview of communication from University of Texas, includes diagram of the electromagnetic spectrum with details of how it is used with communications- indepth information site

How the Radio Spectrum Works - from How Stuff Works

Wave Fundamentals and Modulation Demonstration Board - A DIY Circuit board linked to an oscillator and audio generator for classroom demonstrations(pdf 661 kB)

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4. Geostationary satellites

Dundee Satellite Receiving Station Geostationary Satellites - Frequently asked questions

Observing Geostationary Satellites - from Visual Satellite Observer's Home Page

Geostationary satellites positioned by GSOC - specific communication satellites from the German Space Operations Center - serach site for "gepstationary" to find articles

The Geostationary Orbit - from Science World Wolfram. Brief mathematical explanation of this type of orbit and satellite

SATELLITES -general information on a range of satellites from NASA

Ask A High Energy Astronomer - question relating to the height of the geostationary orbit, from Imagine the Universe!, NASA

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5. Information transmitted by electrical impulses

9.4.5. Transfer as electrical Impulses - from HSC Online

MIDI Devices - information site on the range of MIDI (musical instrument device interface)devices

How digital recording works - includes comparison with analog recordings - from How Stuff Works.

Scanner technology - the need-to-know stuff - from PC World


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6. Optical fibre communication systems

Photonics - resource page developed by UniServe Science incorporating Simulation from Macquarie University and worksheets created by studnets from Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney

Free LabVIEW Software Simulations & Lessons for Learning About Fiber Optics (For Windows) - from Science Shareware

Fiber optics Encoders - from Computer Optical Products

Articles by Jeff Hecht

A Short History of Fiber Optics

A Fiber-Optic Chronology

How Fiber Optics Work - from How Stuff Works

Brief Overview of fiber optic cable advantages over copper- from ARC Electronics

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