ELEC ENG 7033 - Principles of RF Engineering
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code ELEC ENG 7033 Course Principles of RF Engineering Coordinating Unit Electrical and Electronic Engineering Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible ELEC ENG 3018, ELEC ENG 3106, ELEC ENG 4106 Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate course in electronics, some familiarity with electromagnetic ideas Course Description This course introduces the basics of RF Engineering. It covers a broad range of topics around RF devices and systems. The course illustrates how different building blocks such as amplifiers, oscillators and mixers, as well as guiding structures including transmission lines and waveguides, work together to build RF transmitters and receivers. It introduces important parameters and concepts related to these components, such as scattering matrices, impedance matching and non-linearities. The course shows how the electromagnetic theory applies to RF systems, and is a pathway towards more advanced courses on antennas & propagation and telecommunications.
Course Coordinator: Professor Withawat WithayachumnankulDr Hong Gunn Chew
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Examine characteristics of guided waves with transmission line theory; 2 Analyse and design common transmission lines and waveguides; 3 Analyse RF sub-systems with microwave network analysis; 4 Calculate impedance matching networks for RF systems; 5 Explain operation of nonlinear devices with small-signal approximation; 6 Examine characteristics of mixers; 7 Explain different types of nonlinear distortion with small-signal approximation; 8 Discuss how RF components constitute RF transmitters and receivers; 9 Design and simulate transmission lines and waveguides using full-wave electromagnetic simulation package;
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 C — C — — — C C — — — — — — — —
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
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Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
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Required ResourcesText Book:
Pozar, David M., “Microwave Engineering”, Wiley 4th edition, 2011, ISBN: 978-0470631553.
A set of course notes, practice problems and other supporting materials will also be available for downloading from the MyUni course site.
Online LearningExtensive 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.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
- Lectures will be in-class twice a week for the entire semester. Records will be available.
- Pracs will be in-class for five sessions.
- Tutorials will be in-class for five sessions.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
- Lectures 2 hrs per week
- Pracs 3 hours per session for 5 sessions
- Tute 1 hour per session for 5 sessions
Learning Activities SummaryTentative activity schedule
Transmission line theory
Impedance matching and tuning
Nonlinear RF components
Transmission lines theory
Introduction to RF Engineering
Transmission line theory
Impedance matching, nonlinearity & mixers
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Test 1 10 Individual Summative Week 5 1. 2. Test 2 10 Individual Summative Week 11 3. 4. Practicals 20 Group Formative Weeks 1-8 Min 40% 8. Exam 50 Individual Summative Exam Period Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Assignment 10 Individual Summative Week 12 2. 9. Total 100
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This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
- Test 1 - In-class 50 mins on transmission line theory
- Test 2 - In-class 50 mins on waveguiding structures
- Pracs - In-person attendance and summative assignment
- Exam - On-site at the end of semester
- Assignment - Report on hands-on simulation
SubmissionSubmission instructions will be provided in MyUni.
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
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