ELEC ENG 7055 - Antennas & Propagation
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ELEC ENG 7055 Course Antennas & Propagation Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Assumed Knowledge Some basic communications and electromagnetic theory Course Description Antennas and propagation effects play a crucial, even though often overlooked, role in RF systems. In practice, the design of a working system such as mobile phone networks, WiFi, RFID, Satellite communication and GPS requires a good understanding of these components. This course teaches the fundamentals of antenna and propagation and shows the application in practical examples. The course covers the theory of radiation, fundamental antenna parameters and concepts, wire antennas such as dipoles and loop antennas, antenna arrays, aperture antennas (e.g. horns), microstrip antennas, numerical analysis, communication & radar systems and propagation effects
Course Coordinator: Dr Thomas KaufmannLecturers: Dr. Thomas Kaufmann, Prof. Christophe Fumeaux
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Understand the important elements of antenna and propagation theory.
- Understand and apply fundamental antenna parameters.
- Be familiar with important classes of antennas and their properties.
- Be able to pick a particular class of antenna for given specifications.
- Apply design principles to design an antenna.
- Numerically compute the directivity and power radiated from a generic antenna.
- Be familiar with techniques for estimating the propagation performance of a communication channel.
- Be able to define specifications for a communications system based on a set of requirements.
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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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,7 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4,5,8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5,6,8 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4,8 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,4,8 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 8
Required ResourcesBalanis, C., “Antenna Theory: Analysis and Design”, Wiley Interscience, Third Edition
Recommended ResourcesColeman, C.J. “An introduction to radio frequency engineering”, Cambridge, 2004,
Additional resources will be provided online in MyUni during the course of the semester: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login
Online LearningExtensive use will be made of the MyUni web site for this course,
Course notes, tutorial problems and solutions, assignments and additional references 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.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Tutorials supplement the lectures by providing exercises and example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through 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 12 lectures 24 60 Tutorials 10 tutorials 20 40 In-class test 1 10 Assignments 2 0 10 Exam 1 2 23 TOTALS 47 143
Learning Activities Summary
Activity Sessions Topic Lecture 1 Introduction 2-3 Antenna Fundamentals 4 Vector Potentials 5 Wire Antennas 6 Antenna Arrays 7 Aperture Antennas 8 Microstrip Antennas 9-12 Propagation Tutorial 1 Refresher of prerequisites 2-3 Antenna Fundamentals 4-5 Transmission & Radar Equations 6 Wire Antennas 7 Antenna Arrays 8 Microstrip Antennas 9-10 Propagation Assignments 1 Fundamentals 2 Antenna Design
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Assessment activity Type Weighting Due date Learning outcomes addressed In-class quizzes Summative 20% Week 12 7-8 Assignments Summative 20% Weeks 6, 10 All Exam Summative - Hurdle 60% End of semester All
Assessment Related RequirementsThe 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.
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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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