Module Title:   Antennas and Mobile Propagation

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG3023M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   PI - Engineering: Telecomms, Electromagnetics etc (MDIS) (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr S M R Jones

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr N McEwan

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To enable students, through an understanding of antennas and radio propagation, to be able to specify and design radio links, with an emphasis on mobile communications applications.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Material is introduced through formal lectures and directed study. It is re-enforced through tutorial exercises and full-group seminars.

Lectures:   16.00          Directed Study:   74.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   8.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   100.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate a knowledge of design formula and principles and an understanding of the properties of antennas and radio propagation through analysis and design of radio links.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Apply antennas and propagation theory, principles and models to the design of radio links.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...


  Examination - closed book 2.00 100%

Outline Syllabus:
Antennas: general principles, circuit model and impedance, matching and baluns, archetypal geometries, arrays, radiation patterns, concept of antenna far field, isotropic radiator, antenna gain, Friis transmission formula, link budgets and sustainability issues. Advances in antennas. Practical approaches in antenna design. The radio spectrum. Overview of radio propagation. Ray models of electromagnetic wave propagation, Fresnel zones, Ground wave, Plane earth path loss. Variation with distance and height. Stratified atmosphere and the straight ray model, k-factor, Microwave LOS link design, anomalous propagation, ducting and clear air fading.: atmospheric absorption and rain-fading. Diversity. Mobile propagation and models: multipath, path loss, shadowing and fast-fading, dispersion and Doppler spread. Rayleigh, Ricean and lognormal distributions. Interference and frequency reuse. AGC, equalisation. Microcell and indoor models, Models and tools for coverage and link planning. Wideband models. Brief introduction to MIMO principles Spatial channel models for MIMO.

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