Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 22.03.2021 - 03.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Clemens Icheln, Ville Viikari

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Clemens Icheln, Ville Viikari

Contact information for the course (valid 15.02.2021-21.12.2112):

The teachers in charge of this course are prof. Ville Viikari and Univ. Lect. Clemens Icheln. Contact preferably by email or MC messages.

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    1. Recap of the fundamentals of impedance matching-circuit design
    2. Design of passive microwave components (resonators,
      dividers, couplers, filters
      , Pozar Chapters 5-8)
    3. Design of active microwave components (amplifiers, oscillators, mixers, rectifiers, Pozar Ch. 10-12 in 3rd ed., or Ch. 10-13 in 4th ed.)
    4. Design of a small radio system using computer-aided design tools, as group work.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course is graded 0-5. The final grade is based on the following assessment methods (including their weights in the final grade in %).

    • "In-class" quizzes (15 %): Students have to answer online quizzes during each online lecture, and attendance in that Zoom session is required to have these graded.
    • 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 all their solutions to homework assignments individually in MyCourses. The group-project presentation in the final seminar (attendance in Zoom required) contributes to this grade.
    • Final quiz (30 %): The goal of the final quiz (online in MC) is to assess students' overall comprehension of the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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

  • Applies in this implementation:

    • 5 ECTS 5 x 27 hours = 135 hours of working
    • 10 x (2+3) hours = 50 hours of contact teaching 5 hours per week
    • 85 hours of independent working average 8.5 hours per week
    • The 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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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

  • Applies in this implementation:

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

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    S-26.3100 RF and Microwave Engineering

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Applies in this implementation:

    All teaching will be done remotely, i.e. lectures and homework support are provided during the regular lecture times (Mon&Thu), but through "Zoom" meetings, see "Zoom" activity in MC. And return your homework assignments through the return
    "box" (Q&A forum) also found in MC.


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Contact sessions

    On Mondays at 10:15 - 12 and Thursdays at 9:30 - 12 through Zoom. Regular Homework assignments are due throughout the course, final project (seminar) is due on May 28, 2021.