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This course introduces the analysis and design of microwave components and systems. Topics include: modeling of high frequency circuits; transmission lines; scattering parameters; impedance matching; passive microwave components; amplifiers, mixers and oscillators; noise in receivers; elemental antennas and simple and phased arrays; communication links - microwave land, cellular and satellite systems; performance and link budget analysis. The laboratory work is design oriented and implements the lecture material. 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
  • Understand important concepts of transmission lines, including characteristic impedance, input impedance, reflection coefficient, and standing wave ratio, and be able to apply them to the design of transmission lines
  • Design of lumped element and distributed element matching networks using the Smith chart and analytical equations
  • Use network parameters, particularly scattering parameters, in the analysis and design of microwave components
  • Use high frequency models of resistors, inductors, capacitors, transformers, and transistors in microwave circuit design
  • Design microwave and RF amplifiers using FETs and BJTs using criteria including gain, noise, stability, power consumption, and impedance matching
  • Understand mixer operation, including the concepts of isolation, nonlinearities, and balanced structures
  • Design microwave and RF oscillators using FETs and BJTs
  • Design antennas, and understand concepts including gain, directivity, efficiency, radiation pattern
  • Analyze microwave and RF systems in terms of gain, noise figure, and nonlinear distortion
  • Analyze wireless links
Credit Breakdown

Lecture: 3
Lab: 0.75
Tutorial: 0.5

Academic Unit Breakdown

Mathematics 0
Natural Sciences 0
Complementary Studies 0
Engineering Science 26
Engineering Design 25