High Frequency Electronics - ELE00099M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Jeremy Everard
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module summary

Modern electronics systems have to work at increasingly high operational speeds. The higher the speed, the more that conventional circuit design and components stop working, and a completely new way of designing a system needs to be used. This module provides an understanding of the fundamental underlying principles of high frequency electronics operating up to microwave frequencies.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To provide an understanding of the fundamental underlying principles of high frequency electronics operating up to microwave frequencies
  • To understand the key circuit parameters and in particular S parameters
  • To understand and use high frequency component models (including parasitics) of active and passive surface mount components including resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors and diodes
  • To develop an understanding of printed transmission lines and thereby learn how to design printed circuit board layouts at high frequencies
  • To provide an understanding of how printed circuit boards can be used as passive circuit elements
  • To provide the ability to design high frequency RF and microwave circuits and systems using amplifiers, oscillators, mixers, resonators and filters
  • To develop an understanding of modern CAD and EM field solvers

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop critical skills in the selection, adaptation and application of appropriate numeric and algebraic techniques

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to specify high frequency systems including RF and Microwave systems
  • Be able to design high frequency amplifiers, oscillators, mixers, resonators and filters and printed circuit boards
  • Be able to build and test high frequency circuits operating up to microwave frequencies
  • Understand the complete design process including analytical design skills, computer aided testing and optimisation and construction
  • Be able to use common RF and Microwave measurement instruments including spectrum and network analysers
  • Be able to build, test and optimise RF and microwave circuits
  • Have an appreciation of modern CAD tools and field solvers
  • Appreciate how these circuits are used in modern communication systems including mobile phone, TVs, tablets and PCs, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to express advanced technical concepts concisely and accurately and comment on their applications, limitations and implications
  • Be able to select, adapt and apply a range of mathematical techniques to solve advanced problems and explain the implications of the answer

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
High Frequency Electronics
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
High Frequency Electronics
2 hours 100

Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme. We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments. A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback. This can be found at https://www.york.ac.uk/students/studying/assessment-and-examination/guide-to-assessment/ The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme. In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work. Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period. The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline. The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback. The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum. Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate. Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date.

Indicative reading

Everard, JKA, 'Fundamentals of RF Circuit Design with low noise oscillators', (reprinted October 2002) ISBN 0-471-49793-2
Pozar, David M, Microwave Engineering (4th edition Hardcover) – Dec 2011
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



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