Credits: 5

Schedule: 18.03.2019 - 27.05.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Teachers in charge of this course are Assoc. Prof. Ville Viikari, and Univ. Lect. Clemens Icheln, plus there is one course assistant (Riku Kormilainen).

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

IV-V 2018 - 2019 (spring)
IV-V 2019 - 2020 (spring)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The student is able to design and analyze simple microwave circuits and circuit components using CAD tools and/or analytical methods, as well as to describe key characteristics of different components and complete microwave systems.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Design of passive and active circuit components (such as filters, couplers, microstrip-line transitions, amplifiers, mixers, and oscillators). The design assignments can facilitate the design of a small radio system.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): After an initial recap of the fundamentals of impedance matching-circuit design we will look into the design of passive microwave components (resonators,
dividers, couplers, filters
) as well as the design of active microwave components (amplifiers, oscillators, mixers). Finally, the design of a small radio system using computer-aided design tools is carried out as group project.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In-class quizzes, homework exercises, reporting group project results in a seminar, and final in-class quiz.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

  • In-class quizzes (15 %): Students have to answer online quizzes during each
    lecture, and presence in class is required to have these graded (no remote participation).
  • Homework exercises (55 %): Assignments are solved either
    analytically (calculations) or using computer-aided design tools (e.g.
    AWR), depending on the topic. The computer exercises can be solved
    individually or collaboratively in groups depending on students' own
    choice. However, students return their solutions to homework
    assignments individually during a contact session where they are presented to a teacher in order to be graded.
    The group-project presentation (and physical presence) in the
    final seminar contributes to this grade.
  • Final quiz (30 %): The goal of the final quiz is to assess students' overall
    comprehension of the course, whereas homework assignments concentrate on
    a more detailed level. Presence is required to have the final quiz graded (no remote participation).

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact hours 48 h (2 x 3 h per week, 9.5 weeks). Independent work 87 h.

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): A suitable workload for a course with 5 ECTS is about 135 hours of working. In this course there are 10 x (2+3) hours = 50 hours of contact teaching (5 hours per week), leaving 85 hours of independent working (i.e. an average 8.5 hours per week). This number of hours for independent work is only indicative. It is subject to the pre-knowledge, skills and working "efficiency" of the student.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

D.M. Pozar: Microwave Engineering (3rd or 4th edition).

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

  • The course book is David M. Pozar Microwave Engineering (either 3rd or 4th ed.).

  • Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

    S-26.3100 RF and Microwave Engineering

    Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

    Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

    Use of CAD tools (e.g., AWR), matching circuit design, S-parameters, use of Smith chart.

    Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


    Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


    Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

    language class 4: English, the assessed work may be completed in Finnish or Swedish upon request.

    Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): The course starts on March 18, 2019. Contact sessions are on Mondays at 10:15 - 12 and Thursdays at 9:30 - 12 in Seminar Room A116 in OIH building (Maarintie 6).


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