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 computer-aided RF-circuit design tools, also taking electromagnetic effects on actual microstrip PCBs into account, as well as to describe key characteristics of different components and complete microwave systems. 

Credits: 5

Schedule: 21.03.2022 - 02.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

The teachers in charge of this course are prof. Ville Viikari and Univ. Lect. Clemens Icheln. Contact preferably by e-mail (

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:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

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

  • applies in this implementation

    The course is graded 0-5. Since all of the grading happens in class, physical attendance in most of the contact sessions is required to be able to pass this course. 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 quizzes during each lecture, and attendance 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 and discuss them face-to-face with a teacher in class (physical attendance required for grading). The group-project presentation in the final seminar (physical attendance required) contributes to this grade.
    • Final quiz (30 %): The goal of the final in-class quiz (physical attendance required) is to assess students' overall comprehension of the course.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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
Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring IV - V
    2023-2024 Spring IV - V

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    On Mondays at 10:15 - 12 and Thursdays at 9:30 - 12, onsite in OIH room A113. Regular Homework assignments are due throughout the course (see MC), final project (seminar) is due on May 30, 2022.