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ELEC70051 Radio Frequency Subsystems

Lecturer(s): Prof Stepan Lucyszyn; Prof Tom Pike


This module aims to teach you the terminology, concepts and basic methods for radio frequency subsystems design.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to: 1. Apply the main architectures employed in RF systems. 2. Interpret subsystem specifications. 3. Calculate power link budgets. 4. Analyse circuits and subsystems using S-parameters. 5. Calculate gain, stability and noise issues in small-signal amplifiers. 6. Design impedance matching networks and filters.


Electromagnetic Spectrum; Applications of Microwaves and RF; S-parameters; Microwave Office; Vector Network Analyzer. Architectures; Subsystem Specifications; Power Link Budgets; S-parameters Analysis; Directional Couplers; Small-signal Amplifiers; Filters.
Exam Duration: 3:00hrs
Exam contribution: 80%
Coursework contribution: 20%

Term: Spring

Closed or Open Book (end of year exam): Open

Coursework Requirement:

Oral Exam Required (as final assessment): N/A

Prerequisite module(s): None required

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