Electromagnetics, Antennas and Propagation

Module Title - Electromagnetics, Antennas and Propagation
Number of credits – 20

Module description

The aims of this course are to:

  • Review the mathematical techniques on which electromagnetics rely
  • Make students aware of analytical methods
  • Make students aware of computer aided design
  • Give insights on the operating principles of a number of electromagnetic components
  • Understand the basic principles of antenna operation, analysis & design
  • Understand the physics of radiowave propagation at a number of frequency bands and

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Solve problems using special functions, partial differential equations, and vector calculus using analytical and numerical techniques.
  • Choose suitable electromagnetic based tools for the analysis of components.
  • Use electromagnetic CAD tools.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles behind electromagnetic analysis.
  • Describe the operation of and perform design calculations on selected electromagnetic systems.
  • Describe the operation of antennas in terms of fundamental parameters
  • Analyse the radiated fields from linear antennas and simple apertures with a prescribed aperture field distribution
  • Calculate a variety of antenna parameters
  • Perform reliably antenna measurements in order to characterise antenna performance
  • Model and select relevant physical propagation mechanisms for particular frequency bands and propagation environments
  • Perform simple path loss calculations

Teaching and assessment:

  • Semester 2
  • Assessment:
    • A written, unseen examination of 1.5 hours, answering 2 questions from 4 (40%)
    • two assignments (30% each)