Module Details

CE332-6-AU-CO: Rf Systems

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Year: 2016/17
Department: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No
Pre-requisites: CE262 and CE266 and CE269

Supervisor: Professor Dariush Mirshekar
Teaching Staff: Professor Dariush Mirshekar
Contact details: CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The aim of this module is to develop sufficient understanding of RF technology covering basic theory, design and measurement.

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Conduct basic analysis and design of common transmission media used for RF circuits
2. Conduct basic analysis, design and measurement of simple antennas for communication systems
3. Explain and measure scattering parameters and apply S-parameters to design simple RF circuits
4. Conduct basic design of simple filters, mixers, amplifiers and oscillators
5. Explain operation, recognise main applications, and write specification of basic RF passive and active components and subystems
6. Demonstrate an understanding of principles of basic wireless system planning and link budget analysis

Outline Syllabus

RF Transmission Media
Radiation and Antennas
RF Networks and Measurement
RF Components Based on Transmission Media
Resonators and Filters
Mixers, Amplifiers and Oscillators
System Design and Planning

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture and use of RF Simulation Software


30 per cent Coursework Mark, 70 per cent Exam Mark


Progress Test, weighting = 10% to take place in wk 8, Assignment = 20% to be submitted in wk 16,

Exam Duration and Period

2:00 during Summer Examination period.

Other information



  • High Recommended Reading
  • 1. POZAR, D.M., Microwave Engineering, Wiley, 2005
  • 2. POZAR, D.M., Microwave and RF Design of Wireless Systems, Wiley, 2001
  • 3. COLEMAN, C., Radio Frequency Engineering, Cambridge University Press, 2004
  • Recommended Reading
  • 1. COREN, R.L., Basic Engineering Electromagentics, Prentice-Hall, 1989
  • 2. SADIKU, M.N.O., Elements of Electromagnetics, Oxford University Press, 2007
  • 3. EGAN, W.F., Practical RF Systems Design, Wiley 2000
  • 4. BALANIS, C., Antenna Theory, Analysis and Design, Harper and Row, 1982
  • 5. LIAO, S.Y., Microwave Circuit Analysis and Amplifier Design, Prentice Hall, 1987
  • Background Reading
  • 1. STAELIN, D.H. MORGENTHALER, A.W. and KONG, J.A., Electromagnetic Waves, Prentice-Hall, 1994
  • 2. RODDY, D., Microwave Technology, Prentice Hall, 1986
  • 3. DAS, A and DAS, S.K., Microwave Engineering, McGraw Hill, 2008
  • 4. KINAYMAN, N and AKSUN, M.I., Modern Microwave Circuits, Artech House, 2005
  • 5. GONZALEZ, G., Microwave Transistor Amplifiers, Analysis and Design, Prentice Hall, 1997