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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: EEEM027 Module Title: RF SYSTEMS AND CIRCUITS
Module Provider: Electronic Engineering Short Name: EEM.RFS
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: GAO S Dr (Elec Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern

Components of Assessment
Percentage Weighting
2-hour unseen paper
Lab assignment
Written report
Part-time Students:
2-hour unseen examination paper

Module Overview

RF component design techniques and relevant topics will be covered and digital broadcasting will be used as an example of RF design and radio propagation.


EE3.RFE – RF Electronics or equivalent study.

Module Aims

To provide detailed information on RF electronics through a systems approach, and hence to provide engineers for industry with an all round ability in the field.

Learning Outcomes

Students will understand the design and performance of circuits and sub-systems used in RF communications.

Module Content

[1-6] RF circuit and packaging technologies (CF)

  • characteristics and performance of coaxial, microstrip and co-planar transmission lines
  • behaviour of coupled transmission lines
  • design of coupled-line components
  • aspects of RF packaging, including MCMs

[7-9] RF and Microwave Filters (CF)

  • requirements for filters for RF wireless applications
  • filter synthesis
  • Practical implementation of RF filters

[10-13] Advanced fabrication technologies for RF (CF)

  •  thick-film RF and microwave hybrid circuits 
  •  LTCC technology
  • MMIC technologies

[14-18] Introduction to RF measurements (CF)

  • network analysers: measurement techniques and error analysis
  • spectrum analysers
  • on-wafer measurements

[19-27] Extended case study of digital broadcasting (TB)

  • brief introduction to encoding, QAM and COFD M
  • noise analysis 
  •  high-power transmission techniques for broadcasting, solid state and tube amplifiers
  •  basic antenna theory, with TV transmitting and receiving antennas
  • terrestrial propagation of UHF signals 
  • satellite broadcasting

[28] RF spectrum management (TB)

  • A brief introduction to the frequency spectrums 

[29-30] Brief introduction to selected wireless systems (TB) 

  • Passive and Active RFID
  • Bluetooth
  • Ultra Wideband (UWB)
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures: 30hrs (comprising ten 3-hour lectures)

Selected Texts/Journals

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





Chang, K., Bahl, I. and Nair, V. RF and Microwave Circuit and Component Design for Wireless Systems, Wiley 2002 (0-471-19773-4) B





Pitt, K.E.G (ed), Handbook of Thick Film Technology, Electrochemical Publicaions 2005 (0.901150 42 8) B





Bryant, G.H, Principles of Microwave Measurements, Peter Peregrinus 1988 (0-86341-135-5) B





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





Hutson, G., Shepherd, P. and Brice, J. Colour Television, McGraw-Hill 1990 (0-07-084199-3) C





Kinayman, N. and Aksun, I. Modern Microwave Circuits, Artech House 2005 (1-58053-725-1) C





Laverghetta, T.S. Techniques Microwave Materials & Fabrication Techniques, Artech House 2000 (1-58053-064-8) B





Collins, G. Digital Television Transmission, Wiley 2000 (1-58053-064-8) B





Saunders, S., Aragon-Zavala, A. Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communication Systems, Wiley 2007 (978-0-470-84879-1) B





Allen, B., Dohler, M., Okin, E.E., Malik, W.Q., Brown, A.K., Edwards, D.J. Ultra-wideband Antennas and Propagation for Communications, Radar and Imaging, Wiley 2007 (0-470-03255-3) C

Last Updated

30th July 2009