Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2019 - 20.01.2020

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

Univ. Lect. Clemens Icheln, Sen. Univ. Lect. Juha Mallat, as well as N.N. as course assistant.

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I-III 2018 - 2019 (autumn, spring)
I-III 2019 - 2020 (autumn, spring)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The student can outline the basic operation of generic RF (radio frequency) electronic circuits, design RF electronic circuits, test experimentally the performance of a circuit, and analyse the basic factors that affect its performance. Furthermore, the student can solve design problems collaboratively in small groups, and present project results in a concise and comprehensible manner. Finally, the student understands principles and masters practices of common microwave measurements.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

System-level design and evaluation of RF devices, also considering noise and non-linearity. I.e., design of active RF circuits, and experimental evaluation of a prototype, including measurements of output spectrum and of scattering parameters.

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

  1. System-level design and evaluation of microwave devices, also considering noise and non-linearity.
    • Design
      of active microwave circuits such as a radio transceiver, as well as
      experimental evaluation of an own prototype, including basic network analysis
      (i.e. of scattering-parameters) through vector-network-analyser (VNA)
  2. Microwave measurement metrology, for spectrum analysis, circuit analysis, power and noise measurements, and other applications.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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

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


Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact hours 30 h (2 h about every week). Independent work 105 h.

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

  • 5 ECTS 5 x 27 hours = 135 hours of working
  • 15 x 2 hours = 30 hours of contact teaching 2 hours per week
  • 50 hours of independent studies,  average 2-3 hours per week
  • 55 hours of project work,  average 3 hours per week
  • The
    given number of hours for students' work is only indicative. It is subject
    to e.g. pre-knowledge and skills of a student (see pre-requisites).

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

Lecture slides as well as selected manufacturers' application notes can be found on the course's MC space.

The main course text book is: Teppati et al (ed.): Modern RF and Microwave Measurement Techniques(2013)

The second recommended text book is: R.J. Collier, A.D. Skinner: Microwave Measurements, IET (2007)

A third text book is available: N. B. Carvalho, D. Schreurs: Microwave and Wireless Measurement Techniques (2013)

Supplementary textbook in Finnish: A. Lehto, A. Räisänen: Mikroaaltomittaustekniikka, Otatieto, TKY 875, (2007)

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

S-26.3120 Radio Engineering, laboratory course

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic vector network analyzer/spectrum analyzer measurements, understanding of active RF components (diode/transistor biasing, stability, matching), microstrip-line design of passive components (filters, couplers, etc.).

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 3: English

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

Contact sessions in form of lectures and seminars are on Mondays at 12:15 - 14 in the regular OIHA116 "Seminar Room", whereas PCB soldering workshops and measurements labs are in ELE department, Maarintie 8.


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