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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

XJEL3360 RF and Microwave Engineering

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr. Nutapong Somjit

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2021-22. If it is not possible to deliver traditional teaching methods, such as lectures and practical classes, we may need to substitute alternative (online) formats of delivery and amend the timetable accordingly. ‘Independent online learning’ may involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or mini-projects, 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 sessions are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.Where assessments are shown as Online Time-Limited Assessments, the durations shown are indicative only. The actual time permitted for individual assessments will be confirmed prior to the assessments taking place.


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

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

1. Apply the principles of wave-propagation at high frequencies to solve problems involving lossless and lossy transmission lines.
2. Use ABCD and/or Scattering Parameters for the analysis of microwave circuits, including amplifiers, couplers and filters.
3. Use the Smith Chart to plot impedances and admittances and design matching circuits using either lumped components or transmission lines.
4. Describe the properties of coaxial line, microstrip and rectangular waveguide and select an appropriate medium for a given application.
5. Apply distributed circuit theory to the design of small-signal microwave transistor amplifiers.
6. Apply high-frequency design principles to the analysis and design of microwave 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 RF and microwave components for group project

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Examples Class101.0010.00
Independent online learning hours22.00
Private study hours46.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate their understanding of course materials, to undertake preparatory work for seminars, workshops, tutorials, examples classes and practical classes, and also to prepare for in-course and summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, including the use of self-test quizzes on Minerva, practice questions/worked examples and (where appropriate) through verbal interaction with teaching staff and/or post-graduate demonstrators.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentAssignment 130.00
AssignmentAssignment 230.00
ProjectProject 140.00
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: 29/06/2021 16:47:30


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