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.


After successful completion of this course, the student understands the electromagnetic theory behind guided waves, waves in free space, and the coupling between these modes.

The student can explain the link between Maxwell s equations and plane wave propagation in arbitrary media.

The student can explain the connection between plane wave theory and radio wave propagation.

The student can calculate the effects of interference on reflection and transmission.

The student understands the connection between guided waves and transmission line models.

The student can derive fields and modes inside waveguides, calculate wave propagation parameters, and compare them to free space propagation.

The student understands how current distributions generate radiated fields

The student can calculate antenna parameters from radiated fields.

After the course, the student has a solid ground for further studies in antennas, microwave engineering, and related topics in applied electromagnetics.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 13.09.2021 - 13.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Henrik Wallén, Zachary Taylor

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

Responsible teachers: Prof. Zachary Taylor and Dr. Henrik Wallén

Please contact Zach and Henrik by e-mail ( if you have general questions regarding the course.

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Electromagnetic field theory starting from Maxwell s equation in differential form, with special emphasize on time-harmonic fields:

    - Plane wave propagation in media, reflection and refraction

    - Electromagnetic fields in waveguides and their connection to transmission line theory

    - Fundamentals of antenna radiation, basic antenna parameters

  • applies in this implementation

    The course contents roughly correspond to Chapters 2, 7–11 in the textbook (David K. Cheng, Field and Wave Electromagnetics, 2nd Edition) + some additional material on stratified media.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Homework, in-class exercises, midterm exams.

  • applies in this implementation

    Midterm 1  
    Midterm 220%

    Midterm 2 is not cumulative. There will be one re-take exam in January.

    At least 50% of the total score is needed to pass the course:

    Total at least  Grade

    Based on the results, the thresholds were at the end of the course adjusted to:

    Total at least  Grade

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures and exercises 44 h (4 h per week)
    Midterm exams 4 h
    Independent work 84 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    David K. Cheng, Field and Wave Electromagnetics, 2nd Edition.

  • applies in this implementation

    Any version of the second edition is good. Also the first edition is similar enough to be useful.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.