Course Title: RF and Microwave Circuits

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: RF and Microwave Circuits

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

EEET2270

City Campus

Undergraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

EEET2270

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

EEET2309

City Campus

Postgraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

EEET2309

City Campus

Postgraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. James Scott

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3248

Course Coordinator Email: james.scott@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 12.8.04

Course Coordinator Availability: See notice on office door.


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have successfully completed Communication Engineering 3 or other equivalent studies (this is not an enforced pre-requisite). It is also recommended that you have successfully completed Wireless and Guided Waves or other equivalent studies.

You will be expected to be familiar with DC and AC circuit analysis, AC transmission line theory including impedance transformation and matching concepts, gain and noise figure, bandwidth, modulation and signal spectra, operation and DC biasing of bipolar transistors and FETs and knowledge of lumped element passive filter design.

Knowledge of electromagnetic theory and wave propagation is an advantage.

 


Course Description

The design and fabrication of high frequency microwave circuits is a specialised art, requiring a combination of conventional electronic circuit design skills and an understanding of wave propagation effects (transmission line behaviour). The fabrication of these circuits is increasingly involving microelectronic techniques as circuits become more highly integrated and also combined on the same chip as high speed DSP and digital circuitry.

This course will introduce students to the design, fabrication and characterisation of microwave circuits and devices. The emphasis will be placed on communication applications such as wireless communications and defence systems. The laboratory program will provide students with the opportunity to utilise modern CAD tools to design their circuits and the latest in microwave test equipment to characterise their circuit designs.

The course will be strongly design oriented with a strong development of practical design skills.

Particular topics to be investigated will include:

  1. High frequency performance of lumped passive components.
  2. Microwave transmission lines – design and analysis.
  3. Microwave couplers and filters.
  4. Active microwave devices.
  5. Low noise amplifier design.
  6. Power amplifier design.
  7. Oscillator and mixer design.
  8. Microwave circuit fabrication techniques.
  9. Microwave circuit characterisation techniques.

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At undergraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

At postgraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • High levels of technical competence in the field
  • 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. Explain the principles of operation of microwave circuits and devices.
  2. Design and simulate microwave circuits and devices.
  3. Select suitable measurement methodologies to characterise and verify the performance of microwave circuits and devices and undertake measurements to characterise and verify the performance of microwave circuits and devices.
  4. Explain /compare the various circuit fabrication technologies and select the appropriate technology for a particular application and justify that selection.
  5. Communicate findings through written reports.
  6. Work in a team environment with minimal direction from a supervisor.

 


Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be explained in lectures, with design examples and case studies used to demonstrate current industry practice.

The weekly homework exercises will develop your problem solving skills and also in some cases require you to research new information.

Major assignment work is designed to develop your group and communication skills through written reports, and to guide you through a real-world design and verification methodology.

 


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through RMIT University’s online systems.

Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

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

 


Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Your ability to explain key concepts and demonstrate proficiency in circuit design tasks will be assessed through a written test and examination, weekly homework exercises and a major assignment.

Practical measurement skills will be assessed through written reports on laboratory exercises.

The major assignment will be performed in stages, so that feedback is provided after each stage of the design process.

All assessment tasks will also assess your ability to critically analyse results and provide arguments to support design decisions. Written feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks except for the Final exam.

Assessment tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Mid-semester test

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Final exam

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory reports

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 5 & 6

Assessment 4: Major assignment

Weighting 15%

This assessment supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment 5: Homework problems

Weighting 10%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5