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RF and Microwave Engineering

Code: EEC0036     Acronym: ERFM

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Telecommunications

Instance: 2018/2019 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Web Page: https://moodle.up.pt/course/view.php?id=772
Responsible unit: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Electrical and Computers Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEEC 8 Syllabus 4 - 6 56 162
MI:EF 0 study plan from 2017/18 4 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Henrique Manuel de Castro Faria Salgado

Teaching - Hours

Lectures: 2,00
Laboratory Practice: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Lectures Totals 1 2,00
Henrique Manuel de Castro Faria Salgado 2,00
Laboratory Practice Totals 1 2,00
Henrique Manuel de Castro Faria Salgado 2,00
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2018-09-07.

Fields changed: Calculation formula of final grade, Componentes de Avaliação e Ocupação, Programa

Teaching language



To give the fundamentals of electronic design in telecommunications including RF and Microwave, with a practical perspective through the realization of laboratory electronic projects.

Learning outcomes and competences

The skills acquired by students are:

- Understand the specific characteristics of designing radio frequency systems.

- Application of generic concepts of transmission lines to the design of radio-frequency and microwave circuits.


- Knowledge of the stages of development of an RF receiver and its components (filters, amplifiers, oscillators, optimization and impact on signal to noise ratio).

-Capacity to design and simulate the various constituent elements of a radio-frequency systems, either passive or active.

Armed with basic knowledge of matching impedance, students gain further knowledge on the design of filters, amplifiers and oscillators. Finally they confronted with the design of RF and microwave receivers.


Learning outcomes are the acquisition of skills for the design of the various elements of a communication system radio-frequency.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Electromagnetic waves


Introduction to radio-frequency communication systems. Review of transmission lines. S-Parameters and flow diagrams. Microwave network analysis: S-parameters matrix, signal flow graphs. Noise and intermodulation distortion. Filter design. Design of high-frequency amplifiers. Oscillators and frequency synthesizers. Receiver design.

Mandatory literature

Pozar, David M.; Microwave and RF wireless systems. ISBN: 0-471-32282-2

Complementary Bibliography

Collins, R. E.; Foundations of Microwave Engineering, John Wiley and Sons, 2000
Pozar, David M.; Microwave engineering. ISBN: 0-471-17096-8
Smith, Jack; Modern communication circuits. ISBN: 0-07-115586-4
R.A. Zakarevicius, E. H. Fooks; Microwave Engineering Using Microstrip Circuits, Prentice Hall, 1990
G.L. Matthaei, L. Young, and E. M. T. Jones; Microwave Filters, Impedance- Matching Networks and Coupling Stuctures, Artech House, 1990

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical lectures and guided laboratory classes where the students are required to write a report of the work carried out, followed by an oral discussion.


Agilent Advanced Design System (ADS)


Technological sciences > Engineering > Communication engineering > Telecommunications engineering

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 50,00
Participação presencial 15,00
Prova oral 15,00
Trabalho escrito 0,00
Trabalho laboratorial 20,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 20,00
Estudo autónomo 66,00
Frequência das aulas 56,00
Trabalho laboratorial 20,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Minimum of 7 points (out of 20) in the distributed component.
Minimum of 5 points (out of 20) in the final exam.

Calculation formula of final grade

Laboratory work(50%):

- Report: 40%

- Oral presentation and discussion: 30%

- Work in class: 30%

Final Exam (50%)

Internship work/project

One of the lab assignments corresponds to the design of an radio-frequency amplifier and will the basis for the oral presentation.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Students with a special status have to do the continuous assessment component of the course. They will have access to laboratories, in order to their assignments.

Classification improvement

Students can improve their mark of the theoretical component of the course by attending to a new exam. They can also improve their continuous assessment mark by doing a practical exam.

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