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Radio Frequency & Microwave Circuit Design - ELE00021M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Ruwan Gajaweera
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

  • None

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

  • To provide the students with an understanding of the fundamental underlying principles of RF and microwave circuit design techniques. These include component and device models and the techniques used in the design of RF and microwave circuits and systems such as amplifiers, oscillators, mixers and filters.
  • These techniques are illustrated using lab based techniques.

The course reviews the fundamentals of RF circuit theory, and then describes the detailed design principles used in RF receiver and transmitter design. These include: Component models including: bipolar transistors, FETs, diode detectors, printed and wire-wound inductors, surface mount resistors and capacitors; S, Y, Z parameter definition, conversion manipulation and calculation; low noise small signal amplifiers including noise measurement techniques; Broadband small signal amplifiers incorporating feedback for optimum input and output impedance; the theory and design of low phase noise oscillators; frequency synthesisers; power amplifiers; mixers; filters.

To support the design process active/passive device models and construction techniques are described. Practical design and measurement techniques are included in the extensive laboratory classes. Highlights include the design, construction and measurement of a low noise amplifier, a filter and a low phase noise oscillator. Frequency response measurements are performed on the amplifier and filter. Noise measurements are performed on the amplifier. Open loop characterisation and closed loop phase noise measurements are performed on the oscillators. The results are compared with theory. Modern CAD techniques (using Agilent ADS Software) will be introduced.

In-class exercises and workshop sessions provide opportunities for formative feedback. Indicative solutions are provided to workshop questions and for selected past examination papers

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module students are expected to be able to:

  • Specify RF and Microwave systems.
  • Design RF and Microwave amplifiers, oscillators, mixers and filters.
  • Have an appreciation of modern CAD tools.
  • Build and test RF circuits.
  • Use common RF and Microwave measurement instruments.


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
RF & Microwave Circuit Design
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
RF & Microwave Circuit Design
2 hours 100

Module feedback

Formative feedback is provided in workshops and laboratory sessions.

Indicative reading

  • Everard, JKA, Fundamentals of RF Circuit Design with low noise oscillators, Wiley, 2001. (reprinter October 2002) ISBN 0-471-49793-2.
  • Hayward, W.H., Introduction to Radio Frequency Design, Prentice Hall, 1982. ISBN 0-134-94021-0.
  • Yip, P.C.L., High Frequency Circuit Design and Measurements, Chapman and Hall, 1990. ISBN 0-412-34160-3.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

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