Course Title: Electromagnetics and Metamaterials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Electromagnetics and Metamaterials

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Wayne Rowe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3968

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Course Coordinator Location: 10.07.13

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 and transmission lines. You would also be able to apply vector calculus and differential equations to solve problems with three spatial variables.

Course Description

Electromagnetics is the underpinning concept for understanding the behaviour of devices and systems that we encounter every day. Modern computing devices, mobile phones and tablets, wired and wireless internet, and even polarised sunglasses are all reliant on electromagnetic design principles.

This course develops your understanding of Electromagnetic signal transmission and its application in wireless and wired communication systems.   It also provides an introduction to the utilisation of electromagnetic principles to realise metamaterials. The design and creation of metamaterials and frequency selective surfaces for radio frequency, terahertz, and optical frequency regimes will be examined.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC206 Master of Engineering (Micro-Nano Engineering):

  • 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. Predict and quantify the behaviour of electromagnetic waves interacting with dielectric and metallic objects
  2. Predict and quantify the frequency dependant interaction between high frequency electromagnetic waves and conductors
  3. Explain and utilise the principles associated with resonator based Frequency Selective Surfaces and Metamaterials
  4. Design simple Frequency Selective Surfaces and/or Metamaterials structures for specific frequency dependant characteristics


Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake the following learning activities:

  • Attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and 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 laboratory reports/assignments consisting of numerical and other problems or project work requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; 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

The learning resources available to you include:

  • Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.
  • Various simulation and visualisation tools are available to consolidate the understanding of various topics.
  • You will also use computer software within the School during laboratory/assignment work.


Overview of Assessment

☒ This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks


Assessment Task 1: Mid-Semester Tests

Individual assessment of theoretical knowledge and application.

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2

Assessment Task 2: Practical experiments/Assignments

Learning will be enhanced with experiments that encourage exploration of electromagnetic plane waves and their interactions with metallic and dielectric objects using specially developed software simulators and commercial numerical packages.

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4


Assessment Task 3: Final exam

Individual assessment of theoretical knowledge and application.

Weighting 45%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4