Course Title: Antennas

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Antennas

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.

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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 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Wayne Rowe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3968

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: First contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are expected to have successfully completed MATH2161 - Mathematics for ECE or an equivalent course.

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 (as an example: MATH2161 - Mathematics for ECE and EEET2369 - Signals and Systems 1.

It is also advisable to have successfully completed EEET2114 - Wireless and Guided Waves (formerly RF and Photonic Engineering 2), an equivalent course, or have equivalent capabilities.

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.

The main objective is to introduce you to the fundamental principles of antenna theory and to apply them to the analysis, design, and measurement of antennas.

There are variety of antenna structures and many methods of analysis and design, however only the more fundamental and practical configurations are considered here.

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.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onward. See the WAM information web page for more information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH071, BH072, BH073, BH075, BH094, BH097, BH081, BH083, BH091, BH107, BH109, BH110, BH111:

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.

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:

  • viewing pre-recorded 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

Assessment 1: Mid-Semester Test
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2.

Assessment Task 2: Assignments
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory Reports
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 4.

Assessment 4: Final Assessment
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1 & 2.