Current 2012/13 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
Module Provider:
Electronic Engineering
Number of Credits:
Module Title:
Module Co-ordinator:
BROWN TW Dr (Elec Eng)
ECTS Credits

Module Availability

Semester 1

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Written Examination
Laboratory and Written Report
Qualifying Condition(s) 
Students are required to attend the laboratory and complete the coursework in order to be awarded a pass.

Module Overview

In radio frequency (RF) and microwave engineering there are several aspects of circuit theory otherwise not applicable to other aspects of electronic engineering which this module aims to provide a grounding in.  Furthermore there are some aspects to circuit design that students will become familiar with including filter design, antenna design and basic amplifiers.  Finally some case study examples will be shown in the class.



Module Aims

  • To give students a background theory in RF and microwave circuit theory, design and analysis.
  • To provide an introduction to fundamental RF devices
  • To identify clear applications

Learning Outcomes

  • To show competence in understanding circuit parameters of RF devices.
  • To have competence in design of RF devices such as filters.
  • To ascertain the suitability of RF devices to be fit for purpose, e.g. analysis of noise.

Module Content

Circuit Theory:
-          Two port networks, complex Z and Y parameters
-          Basic transmission line theory, return loss
-          S parameters
-          The Smith chart
-          Impedance matching using lumped elements
-          Impedance matching using transmission lines
-          Phase velocity, group velocity and dispersion in coax cables
-          Basic RF filter design
-          Lumped element and transmission line filters
-          Filter characteristics, insertion loss, roll off, ripple
-          Basic antenna theory – gain, directivity and impedance
-          Free space propagation, Friis formula
-          Fade margin
-          Sky noise
-          Noise figure reduction
Low Noise Amplifiers and Mixers:
-          Basic mixer circuits at RF and microwave
-          Basic BJT amplifier design
-          Classes of amplifier
-          Matching
-          Superhet receivers
Case Study: Radar
-          Pulse radar
-          Radar propagation, antennas
-         CW radar

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures (30 Hours), Practical lab attendance (3 Hours) and CAD labs (9 Hours)

Reading List

Required Purchase




Essential  Reading




Recommended Reading


D.M.Pozar, “Microwave and RF Wireless Systems” 2000, Wiley, UK, ISBN 978-0-471-32282-5

Y.Huang, K.Boyle, “Antennas, From Theory to Practice” 2008, Wiley, Uk, ISBN 978-0-470-512-285




Last Updated

6 July 2011