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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: EEE3019 Module Title: RF ELECTRONICS
Module Provider: Electronic Engineering Short Name: EE3.RFE
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: BROWN TW Dr (Elec Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Unseen 2hr examination
Written report on 3 RF experiments
Written report on CAD activity
Qualifying Condition(s) 

Module Overview
The module will introduce the design and analysis of some of the key circuits used in modern RF electronics. An introduction to RF antenna theory and design will be given, and this topic will be extended to consider the behaviour of propagating wireless signals at RF frequencies. As an example of an RF communication system, the module will cover the basic principles of pulsed and CW radar.

EE2.ael or equivalent study.

Module Aims

To provide familiarisation with RF Electronic design to encourage the production of RF engineers for industry.

Learning Outcomes

Students will understand the essential principles of RF circuits and communication techniques. They will be able to analyse and design basic RF circuits and perform essential RF system calculations.

Module Content
[1-4] Transmission lines. Forward and backward waves. Reflections. Principles and use of the Smith chart.

[5-6] Matching techniques using the Smith chart

[7-8] Two-port networks. Circuit parameters, with an introduction to S-parameters

[9-10] Noise figure. Noise temperature.

[11-13] RF transmitters and receivers; superhet; VCOs; synthsizers

[14-17] Introduction to radio wave propagation: properties of radio waves; antenna gain and power relationships; propagation mechanisms; line-of-sight communication links

[18-21] Introduction to antennas: antenna parameters; dipoles; array theory; loop antennas; microstrip antennas

[22] RF Spectrum: organization and management; atmospheric attenuation; sky noise

[23-26] RF Systems: medical imaging; RF tagging; Bluetooth

[27-30] Radar: pulse radar; CW radar

Methods of Teaching/Learning
30hrs lectures (3 per week), with each 3hr lecture supplemented with a tutorial sheet.
9hrs of CAD activity using ADS®

9hrs of RF laboratory experimentation

Selected Texts/Journals

Hagen , J. J. Radio Frequency Electronics Circuits and Applications. C.U.P. 1996, (0-521-55356-3) [A]

Edwards,T. C. and Steer, M. B., Foundations of Interconnect and Microstrip Design, Wiley 2000 (0.471-60701-0) [B]

Kraus, J. D. and Marhefka, R. J. Antennas, McGraw-Hill 2002 (0-07-112240-0) [B]

Skolnik, M. I. Introduction to Radar Systems, 3rd Ed, McGraw-Hill 2001 (0-07-288138-0) [B]

Last Updated

31 July 2009