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ECE Course Syllabus

ECE4415 Course Syllabus


RF Engineering I (3-0-3)

CMPE Degree
This course is Elective for a CMPE degree.

EE Degree
This course is Elective for an EE degree.

Course Coordinator

ECE3025 [min C] and ECE3050/3400


Catalog Description
Fundamentals of RF engineering. Components at high frequencies,device modeling, amplifiers,lumped-element and microstrip impedance transformation networks, S-parameter based design of RF and microwave amplifiers.

Guillermo Gonzalez, Microwave Transistor Amplifiers Analysis and Design (2nd edition), Prentice Hall, 1997. ISBN 0132543354, ISBN 9780132543354 (required)

Student Outcomes
In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.
  1. ( LN ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. ( LN ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. ( LN ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. ( LN ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. ( LN ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. ( LN ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. ( LN ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Topical Outline
  RF Engineering
  Systems and Circuits
  RF Amplifiers and Oscillators
  Amplifier design and Construction

Circuit Fundamentals
  Active and Passive Devices
  Sources and Available Power
  Quality Factor Q
  Resonant Circuits
  Bandwidth and Attenuation
  Practical Components

Amplifier Fundamentals
  Configuration of Amplifiers and Oscillators
  Power Gains
  Stability and Existence of Power Gains
  Maximum Gain
  Two-Port Networks
  Fundamentals of Computer-Aided Analysis

Impedance Transformation Networks
  Lossless Networks
  Graphical Design of L-Networks
  T- and PI-Networks
  Design for Phase Shift
  Resistive Attenuators
  Balanced Networks

Introduction to Scattering Parameters
  Transmission Lines and Reflections
  Physical Meanings of S-Parameters
  Calculation of S-Parameters
  Measurement of S-Parameters
  Stability Criteria for S-Parameters
  Power Gains in Terms of S-Parameters
  Gain Circles for the Unilateral Case
  Gain Circle for the Non-Unilateral Case

Design Using Scattering Parameters
  Optimum Terminations in Terms of S-Parameters
  Unilateral Design
  Bilateral Design

Immittance Transformation Networks Using Transmission Lines
  Microstrip and Stripline
  Hybrid Lumped-Element Microstrip Networks
  All-Microstrip Network Design
  Quarter-Wave and RElated Transformers
  Cascaded Networks

Microwave Amplifers
  Microwave Devices
  Microstrip Discontinuities
  Amplifier Design