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Module Title LM RF and Microwave Engineering
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Elec, Elec & Sys Engineering
Module Code 04 30061
Module Lead Prof Peter Gardner
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Pre-requisites Electronic Circuits and Devices and Electromagnetics - (04 19505)
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Tutorial-2 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-12 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-6 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description The module covers the principles of RF and microwave engineering that underpin the design of analogue front end elements of communication systems. Computer simulation of passive and linear active microwave circuits is also introduced through laboratory sessions.

The basic building blocks of RF and microwave systems, including filters, couplers, amplifiers, mixers and oscillators, will be introduced. Typical technologies, circuit configurations and electromagnetic structures used in realising these building blocks will be covered. Methods of analysing passive and active circuits will be developed.. CAD techniques for RF and microwave circuits will be introduced and the capabilities and characteristics of field solvers and circuit simulators will be studied and compared. Linear, non-linear and noisy circuits will be analysed using circuit simulation CAD. CAD based tuners and optimisers will be introduced and their advantages and disadvantages will be discussed.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Interpret the scattering parameters of microwave and RF components;
  • Explain the operation of and carry out first order design calculations on some passive and active RFµwave components, such as transmission lines, filters, couplers, amplifiers, modulators and control components,
  • Use representative commercial simulation tools to simulate some basic microwave components and subsystems, and be aware of the limitations.
  • Select the most appropriate tools for analysis or synthesis of RF and microwave components.
Assessment 30061-01 : Module Mark - 100% Coursework : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: 100% coursework. Individual simulation assignments involving circuit, component and subsystem design and simulation, assessed by a single design report of 20 pages maximum.
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