MSc in Electrical Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeAEEE516
Course Unit DetailsMSc Electrical Engineering (Technical Electives) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Analyze maxwell's equations, wave solutions, TEM, TE and TM wave propagation modes, and account for the relevant propagation modes for transmission lines
  2. Describe the concept of plane waves in different transmission media, polarized plane waves and plane wave reflection in mathematical form
  3. Compare the electromagnetic theory with transmission line theory in order to describe transmission lines from the point of view of either field theory or the circuit model
  4. Use Smith Chart to design lumped or distributed microwave networks
  5. Understand different concepts of impedance matching, i.e., narrow- and broadband impedance matching
  6. Describe, analyse and design basic passive and active microwave circuits such as couplers, amplifiers, mixers, oscillators
  7. Describe, analyse and model on system level common microwave systems .
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

The Wave Equation:

Plane Waves, Losses in conductors and dielectrics.

Microwave Transmission Lines

The distributed circuit representation of transmission lines, transient response of transmission lines, phase and group velocity, dispersion, TEM, TE, TM waves, parallel- plate transmission line, dielectric slab waveguide, coaxial cable, stripline, microstrip, coplanar waveguide.

Microwave Resonators

Series and parallel resonators, the Q-factor, coupling to resonators.

Matching Networks

L and PI matching networks, single and double stub matching, RF transformers, scattering matrix, the scalar and vector network analyzer/ theory of calibration.

3-Port RF Devices

Power combiners/dividers, the Wilkinson divider, circulators and isolators.

4-Port RF Devices

Directional couplers, the 90- degree hybrid, the 180- degree ring hybrid.

Coupled Lines and Devices

Coupled lines as a four port, coupled line directional couplers, the lange coupler.

Microwave Filters

Periodic structures, the insertion loss method, the Kuroda identities, stepped impedance filters, coupled- line filters.

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Microwave and RF Design of Wireless Systems by David Pozar John Wiley and Sons, 2001.
  • Microwave Engineering by David Pozar 3rd Ed. Wiley, 2004
  • RF Microelectronics by Behzad Razavi, Prentice Hall.
  • High Frequency Techniques: An Introduction to RF and Microwave Engineering, by Joseph F. White, IEEE Press, 2004
  • RF and Microwave Wireless Systems, Kai Chang, Wiley 2000
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The taught part of course is delivered to the students by means of lectures, conducted with the help of computer presentations. Lecture notes and presentations are available through the web for students to use in combination with the textbooks. The structure of the course teaching is based on lectures (3 hours per week) in a classroom. 

During the lectures several related exercises are solved on the board with participation of the students. Several problems are left unfinished for the students to complete at home. Other problems are used as assignments. Topic notes are compiled by students, during the lecture which serve to cover the main issues under consideration. Students are also urged to use the textbook assigned to the course. Related homework problems are also assigned from the textbook as a turn in assignment or for homework practice. Also, students are advised to use the reference books for further reading and practice in solving related exercises.


Assessment methods and criteria
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO