Module Title:   RF and Microwave Circuit Design

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG3036L

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Linked 10+10

Provider:   Engineering

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

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr NJ McEwan

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   ENG2021M

Corequisite(s):   None

(i) To design a low noise amplifier using traditional methods and an industry standard CAD package. The latter allows the student to gain an understanding of the role of CAD in RF and microwave circuit design.(ii) To review transmission-line, measurement, impedance matching & device modelling techniques.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Lectures, practical demonstrations and academically supported laboratory sessions to develop knowledge, analytical ability and synthesis skills. The remainder given over to student private study.

Lectures:   20.00          Directed Study:   150.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   4.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   24.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   200.00

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

Critically evaluate concepts underlying the design of RF and microwave circuits.

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

Apply skills to RF and microwave circuit design.

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

Accurately present and interpret data.

  Coursework   50%
  Report, 2000 word equiv, on amplifier design using CAD
  Examination - closed book 2.00 50%

Outline Syllabus:
HPADS-Circuit analysis software. - Transmission line analysis and synthesis software. Use of ADS for schematic capture and artwork generation. Circuit analysis, linear and non-linear analysis, the use of optimisation and its limitations, evaluation of circuit sensitivity and yield analysis. Noise, gain and stability circle generation. Microwave Systems: Basic superheterodyne receiver. Discussion of block diagram components as used in practical communications systems. Microwave Transmission Lines: Characteristic impedance and phase velocity of microstrip. Qualitative description of suspended substrate, microstrip, coplanar waveguide and fin-line. S Parameters: Theory of two-port scattering matrix and relationship to measured performance of microwave networks. Impedance charts: Theory of Smith Chart. Use of Smith Chart for matching networks. General Microwave Circuits: Review of filters, mixers and oscillators. Discussion of phase noise and systems aspects of non-linearities.

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