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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC3360 RF and Microwave Engineering

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr. Nutapong Somjit

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2020-21. In particular, if conditions allow for alternative formats of delivery, we may amend the timetable and schedule appropriate classes in addition to (or in place of) the Online Learning Workshops. For Semester 2 (from January 2021), we anticipate that this will be most likely, in which case online teaching will be substituted for traditional face-to-face teaching methods, including lectures and practical classes. ‘Independent online learning’ will involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or remote/virtual laboratory work, etc. Students will be expected to fully engage with all of these activities. The time commitment for independent online learning, and also the frequency and duration of Online Learning Workshops, are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.


Students will learn about the theory and practice of modern microwave circuit design.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Understand the principles of propagation of waves on transmission lines at high frequencies for the lossless and lossy cases.
2. Use ABCD and/or Scattering Parameters for the analysis of microwave circuits, including amplifiers, couplers and filters.
3. Use a Smith Chart to plot impedances and admittances and design matching circuits using either lumped components or transmission lines.
4. Show a knowledge and understanding of the properties of coaxial line, microstrip and rectangular waveguide and be able to select an appropriate medium for a given application.
5. Understand the design principles of small signal microwave transistor amplifiers.
6. Apply their knowledge to the analysis and design of microwave integrated circuits.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Design of passive and active components including matching networks, amplifiers and filters
Realisation in various transmission media including microstrip and coplanar MIC's, coaxial and rectangular waveguides
Use of microwave CAD tools, for designing RF8 microwave components for group project

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning81.008.00
Independent online learning hours32.00
Private study hours60.00
Total Contact hours8.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate the material covered in lectures, to undertake preparatory work for examples classes/laboratory classes and to prepare for summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback will be mainly provided through the examples classes and the mid-term test.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 115.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 225.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 325.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 435.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

.Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:35:35


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