ELEC ENG 2009 - Engineering Electromagnetics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

Most applications in electrical engineering rely on electromagnetic effects. This course aims to bring an understanding of the physical principles and characteristics of electromagnetic devices in electrical and electronic engineering. Fundamental scientific knowledge in the form of Maxwell's equations is covered in detail to build a platform for discussions concerning many practical applications which exploit electromechanical energy conversion and electromagnetic waves. The course covers electro- and magnetostatics, induction, Maxwell equations with applications such as electromagnetic waves with reflection/refraction and antenna fundamentals.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 2009
    Course Engineering Electromagnetics
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 1010, APP MTH 2201, PHYSICS 1100 & PHYSICS 1200
    Restrictions Available to BE(E&E-Avionics), BE(Computer Sys), BE(El &El), BE(Telecom) & associated double degree students only
    Course Description Most applications in electrical engineering rely on electromagnetic effects. This course aims to bring an understanding of the physical principles and characteristics of electromagnetic devices in electrical and electronic engineering. Fundamental scientific knowledge in the form of Maxwell's equations is covered in detail to build a platform for discussions concerning many practical applications which exploit electromechanical energy conversion and electromagnetic waves.
    The course covers electro- and magnetostatics, induction, Maxwell equations with applications such as electromagnetic waves with reflection/refraction and antenna fundamentals.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Christophe Fumeaux

    Prof. Christophe Fumeaux
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Be able to interpret vector calculus operators and their application in electromagnetics.
    2. Understand Static Electric and Magnetic Fields.
    3. Use Coulomb’s law to solve electrostatic problems.
    4. Use Gauss’ law to calculate electric field density and intensity.
    5. Explain Electric scalar potential.
    6. Understand properties of Conductors and dielectrics.
    7. Explain and calculate capacitance and self inductance of different structures.
    8. Calculate energy, forces and pressure as result of static electric and magnetic fields.
    9. Apply principles learned to practical applications of electrostatics.
    10. Explain differences in magnetic field in a vacuum and Magnetic fields in materials.
    11. Study Quasi-Static Slowly Time-Varying Fields and Applications.
    12. Sketch time varying Electromagnetic Fields.
    13. Explain Electromagnetic induction.
    14. Use Faraday’s law to solve Magnetic circuits.
    15. Explain and understand self Inductance.
    16. Calculate Energy and forces of Magnetic circuits.
    17. Solve Maxwell’s Equations of Electromagnetics.
    18. Know how to derive Waves equations.
    19. Explain how to calculate electromagnetic problems of real life applications.
    20. Know the reason and effects of the skin effect.
    21. Sketch and calculate waves equations for Uniform plane waves.
    22. Calculate Reflection and Refraction factors.
    23. Understand the theoretical principles of simple antennas structures.
    24. Know how to measure and be able to use the terminologies such as Antenna directivity, efficiency and gain.
    25. Understand and use reciprocity theorem.
    26. Calculate the relation between the Transmitting and receiving power using Friis transmission formula.
    27. Use Matlab software to simulate electric waves.
    28. Understand the concept and measurement methods of antenna input impedance and radiation patterns
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Popovic and Popovic, “Introductory Electromagnetics”, Prentice Hall, 1999. 
    The book will be made available as a PDF from the course web site.

    A set of course notes, practice problems and other supporting materials will also be available for downloading from the course web site.
    Recommended Resources
    The following textbooks are recommended:
    1. Fleisch, “A Student’s Guide to Maxwell’s Equations”, Cambridge University Press.
    2. Sadiku, "Elements of Electromagnetics", Saunders College Publishing, Second Edition.

    Furthermore, a more detailed list is provided on MyUni and is updated throughout the semester.
    Online Learning
    Extensive use will be made of the MyUni web site for this course, https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login.

    Course notes, tutorial problems and solutions, laboratory exercises and practice problems will all be available for downloading from the web site. Where the lecture theatre facilities permit, audio or video recordings of lectures will also be available for downloading.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material with three interactive group works. Tutorials supplement the lectures by providing exercises and example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through lectures. Practicals are used to provide hands-on experience for students to reinforce the theoretical concepts encountered in lectures. Continuous assessment activities provide the formative assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact hours Workload hours
    Lecture 30 lectures 30 60
    Group Work 3 sessions 6 6
    Tutorials 6 tutorials 6 24
    Practicals Details to be announced 8 24
    In-class tests 2 tests 2 12
    Exam 1 exam 2.5 30
    TOTALS 54.5 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    Activity Topic Title
    Lectures 1 Electrostatics
    2 Magnetostatics
    3 Electromagnetic Induction
    4 Maxwell’s Equations & Revision
    5 EM Waves
    6 Antennas
    7 Practical Aspects
    8 Exam Revision
    Tests 1 Test 1
    2 Test 2
    Tutorial 1-2 Electrostatics, Magnetostatics
    3-4 Electromagnetic Induction & Maxwell's Equations
    5-6 EM Waves & Antennas
    Practical 1-4 Electromagnetic Simulation and RF Measurement
    Note that practical classes begin in week 9 of the semester. Students must attend their allocated practical class on Thursday of week 9, when further instructions on the operation of the laboratory session will be provided. Occupational Health and Safety inductions will be conducted at these times.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are required to have access to various software found in the Faculty’s computer suites or the undergraduate computer labs of the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. It is the individual student’s responsibility to ensure his or her access to these facilities at appropriate times is available.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment activity Type Weighting Due date Learning objective addressed

    Group Work,

    Guest Lecture

    Formative 4% Weeks 2,5,8,10 1-4
    Tests Summative 16% Weeks 4, 9 1-2
    Practicals Formative 20% Week 12 1-2, 5-6
    Exam Summative 60% End of Semester 1-2
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The examination is a hurdle requirement. It is necessary to achieve at least 40% in the exam. If this is not achieved, the total course mark will be limited to a maximum of 49.

    A hurdle requirement is defined by the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs policy as "...an assessment task mandating a minimum level of performance as a condition of passing the course.

    If a student fails to meet a hurdle requirement (normally no less than 40%),and is assigned a total mark for the course in the range of 45-49, then the student is entitled to an offer of additional assessment of some type. The type of assessment is to be decided by the School Assessment Review Committee when determining final results. The student’s final total mark will be entered at no more than 49% and the offer of an additional assessment will be specified eg. US01. Once the additional assessment has been completed, this mark will be included in the calculation of the total mark for the course and the better of the two results will apply. Note however that the maximum final result for a course in which a student has sat an additional assessment will be a “50 Pass”.

    If a student is unable to meet a hurdle requirement related to an assessment piece (may be throughout semester or at semester’s end) due to medical or compassionate circumstances beyond their control, then the student is entitled to an offer of replacement assessment of some type. An interim result of RP will be entered for the student, and the student will be notified of the offer of a replacement assessment. Once the replacement assessment has been completed, the result of that assessment will be included in the calculation of the total mark for the course.
    Assessment Detail
    The tutorial papers require students to submit written responses to selected sets of problems. The submissions may contain any of the following: written answers, mathematical derivations, sketches, graphs and print-outs from appropriate software packages. There will be 6 separate tutorials.

    There are two 1 hour closed book tests in the course. The tests will require students to submit short written responses to a set of questions under examination conditions. Each test will be worth 8% to the overall assessment.

    The practical needs to be conducted during the designated laboratory sessions as listed in Section 1.3 Course Timetable. Students will be required to submit a written report to the practical work, which is assessed. The practical reports will be worth 20% of the overall assessment.
    The exam will be a closed book examination.
    All written submissions to formative assessment activities are to be submitted electronically, or to
    designated boxes within the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, by the advertised
    deadline and must be accompanied by a signed cover sheet. Copies of blank cover sheets are
    available from the School office in Ingkarni Wardli 3.26, or online in electronic form. Late
    submissions are not accepted unless explicit prior approval is granted by the course coordinator or
    Head of School. All in-term assessments will have a two week turn-around time for provision of
    feedback to students.

    Full details can be found at the School policies website:
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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