Course Title: Antennas for Mobile and Satellite Communications PG

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Antennas for Mobile and Satellite Communications PG

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Wayne Rowe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3968

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.08.12

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To successfully complete this course, you should have the ability to solve fundamental problems in AC circuit analysis, transmission lines and electromagnetics, as well as have an understanding of vector calculus and differential equations in three spatial variables.

Course Description

This course deals with the analysis and design of modern antennas. Variants of wire and aperture antennas are covered, as well as the relatively new microstrip antenna format.

Other topics involve arranging antenna elements in an array to provide high gain, and appropriate phasing of array elements to give rise to a phased array antenna.
This course aims to:

     1. Educate you with basic analytical skills in electromagnetic theory.

     2. Train you in testing/characterising the performance of antennas.

     3. Instruct you about design methodologies of various fundamental antenna types for mobile and satellite communications.

     4. Make you aware of the commercial requirements for antennas, and the availability and utilisation of simulation software.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC180, MC233, MC234, MC235:

1. High levels of technical competence in the field
2. Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply analytical skills and solve elementary problems in electromagnetic antenna theory.
  2. Implement design methodologies for various antenna structures.
  3. Utilise commercially available and industry relevant simulation software.
  4. Experimentally test and characterise the performance of antennas.
  5. Identify the commercial requirements and characteristics of antennas.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities of this course are:

  • attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subjects will be illustrated with examples
  • completion of tutorial questions and laboratory projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on your progress and understanding
  • completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter and application of design procedures
  • attendance at an industrial visit where you will encounter practical design and application processes; and
  • private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

You will also use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

Research via the internet or other means will be required for the completion of the assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task: Mid-Semester Test
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2.

Assessment Task 2: Tutorial Assignments Workbook
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2.

Assessment Task 3: Assignment 1
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLO 2 & 3.

Assessment 4: Assignment 2
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 2 & 3.

Assessment 5: Laboratory Assignment 1
Weighting 7.5%
This assessment supports CLOs 1 & 4.

Assessment 6: Laboratory Assignment 2
Weighting 7.5%
This assessment supports CLOs 1 & 4.

Assessment 7: Final Exam
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1 & 2.

Assessment 8: Industry Visit
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports CLO 5.