EEEN40150 Radio-Frequency Electronics

Academic Year 2022/2023

Fuelled by the huge expansion in the cellular networks and the emergence of an ever-wider range of data applications, wireless communication has been one of the fastest growing technology areas in the past 20 years and it is expected to continue to grow strongly over the coming decades. Wireless communication technologies have revolutionized how we live, and today, "wireless" is everywhere (home, office, classroom, hospital, etc.) and in everything (mobile phones, laptops, music players, cars, and so on).

This course will look at the operational principles and hardware circuit design aspects of wireless systems from a radio frequency (RF) perspective. The course will cover many of the RF building blocks in wireless communication transceiver system: basic passive and active RF components, RF device models, transmission line principles, Smith charts, generalized matrix representation of RF circuits, analysis of multiport RF networks, lumped and distributed microstrip circuits, RF filters, RF amplifiers, RF oscillators and mixers.

This course aims to convey to students an understanding of RF background for both the design and analysis of RF devices and circuits. The system-level aspects of wireless systems will be taught in the EEEN 40050 "Wireless Systems" module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

After the successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Analyse and design basic RF circuits and components [PO(A), 4], [PO(B), 4],[PO(C), 3],[PO(D), 2];
- Use modern CAD design techniques to simulate and design RF circuits [PO(A), 3], [PO(B), 3],[PO(C), 4],[PO(D), 2];
- Use modern instrumentation to measure the RF circuit parameters [PO(B), 3],[PO(C), 2],[PO(D), 2], PO(F), 2];
- Understand the diferences and limitations of conventional low frequency circuits and RF circuits [PO(B), 3],[PO(C), 2],[PO(D), 2], PO(F), 2];
- Work in a team or as an individual to finish a project according to a specification [PO(A), 3], [PO(B), 3],[PO(C), 3],[PO(E), 3], PO(F), 3].

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
lectures and lab work. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Assumed knowledge of this course includes electromagnetic theory background and understanding of circuit theory techniques.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Multiple in-class exams. Varies over the Trimester No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Home assignments and small projects. Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Lab Report: Laboratory exercises. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
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• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
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