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 (%)
2 hour closed book examination
Laboratory and written report
Part time students; 2 hour closed book examination
Qualifying Condition(s) 


Module Overview

The design of RF systems and their circuits underpin the production of mobile communications, satellite communications, radar, intelligent wireless devices, broadcasting and other technologies where understanding of the system concepts as well as the circuit design. This module builds on the fundamentals learned in EE3.rfm to focus on the state of the art applications and demonstrate the importance of the underlying theoretical and design concepts.


EEE3033 or equivalent

Module Aims

To provide practical and hands on demonstrations of RF system concepts and circuit design.
• To broaden understanding of RF principles into problem solving applications.
• To demonstrate RF test and measurement skills necessary in the engineering industry.

Learning Outcomes

To have sound knowledge of systems and concepts used in several examples of radio technologies.
• To apply theory to real time problem solving exercises.
• To have attained a level of competence in RF test and measurement.

Module Content

RF Spectrum Management

  • Use of spectrum, different bands

Microstrip Circuit Designs

  • Transmission line theory
  • S parameters
  • Transmission lines from microstrip
  • Quarter-wave transformer matching
  • Matching circuits design using transmission lines


  • Noise sources
  • Noise Figure of cascaded systems


  • Carrier wave generation
  • Crystal oscillators

Digital Modulation

  • Designing mixets for ASK, PSK and FSK modulation and demodulation

Microwave Devices and RF Amplifier Theory Design

  • Microwave Devices BJT and FETs
  • Biasing and gain
  • Dynamic range, gain compression, third order intercept, intermodulation
  • RF amplifier theory and design

Printed Circuits for RFID

  • Antenna theory, far field and near field RFID
  • RFID and NFC standards
  • H-antennas
  • Tag design using thick film and thin film solutions

Case study on Digital Broadcasting

  • Design of transmit array antennas as well as Yagi-Uda receive antennas
  • Delay spread, path loss and its impact on 64-QAM modulation schemes in the DVB-T standard. Maintaining a fade margin

RF Test and Measurement

  • Wheatstone bridges
  • Network analyser design
  • Spectrum analyser measurements

Advanced RF system concepts

  • Phase noise
  • Automatic gain control

Module Lecturers: Dr T Brown (15 hours) and Dr S Gao (15 hours)

Laboratory sessions covered

Frequency Synthesis

  • Usage of and experimentation with frequency synthesisers
  • Phase lock loops

Computer aided design using Agilent ADS tools including

  • Wilkinson power splitters/combiners
  • MOSFET amplifiers
  • Use of Momentum for microstrip design


Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures and laboratories, both practical and CAD experiments

Reading List

Required Purchase

Pozar, D. Microwave Engineering, 3rd edition, Wiley 2005

Recommended Reading

Collins, G.W. Fundamentals of Digital Television Transmission 2001 Wiley USA

Kraus, J.D. Antennas for all applications 3rd edition, 2002

R.C-H Li, RF Circuit Design, Wiley, 2009


Last Updated

30 March 2012 by ELLIS A Mrs (FEPS Reg)