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ElecEng 4FJ4 / 6FJ4: INTRODUCTION TO MICROWAVE ENGINEERING

ECE758: MICROWAVE THEORY AND DESIGN (graduate course)

 

Instructor:

Prof. Natalia K. Nikolova

ITB-A308, ext. 27141

e-mail: nikolova[at]ieee[dot]org

 

Term Offered:

Term I

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

     Familiarize yourself with the Lab Safety Sheet BEFORE your 1st lab session.
     You must complete the Lab Safety Quiz (link found HERE) BEFORE your 1st lab session.
     Many assignments require the use of software for the computer-aided design of microwave circuits. McMaster University has an arrangement with AWR whereby students can download for free fully functional version of AWR Microwave Office (MWO) from
https://awrcorp.com/register/customer.aspx?univ. 
Also, AWR provides student support and forum discussions at
http://univ.awrcorp.com/forums.
     Marks are available through Avenue To Learn only.
 

Downloads:

 

Lectures (folder)

Exams (folder)

Assignments (folder)

Tutorials (folder)

Laboratories (folder)

Practice Work (folder)

Design Projects (folder, EE6FJ4 and ECE758 only)

Seminars (folder, ECE758 only)

Smiths Chart (pdf)
 

Course Outline:

ElecEng4FJ4 is an introduction to microwave and radio-frequency (RF) engineering. Focus is on transmission lines, waveguides, microwave network analysis via scattering parameters (S-parameters), impedance matching, resonators, power dividers, directional couplers, microwave filters. Exposure to microwave sources and active components is provided through laboratory work. The assignments support lecture material and provide introduction to the topics of: (i) high-frequency field exposure limits Canada Safety Code 6, (ii) design of mixer circuits, (iii) microstrip lines, and (iv) microwave CAD software.

Lectures cover:

1.      Transmission-line Theory and the Smith Chart

2.      Impedance Matching

3.      Microwave Network Analysis and Scattering Parameters

4.      Vector Network Analyzers, Calibration Methods

5.      Passive RF/Microwave Components

6.      Power Dividers and Directional Couplers

7.      Waveguides

8.      Microwave Filters (overview only)

9.      Active Microwave Components and Circuits (in labs only)

 

Prerequisites:

ElecEng 2FH3 ELECTROMAGNETICS I (Electrostatics and Magnetostatics) and

ElecEng 3FK4 ELECTROMAGNETICS II (Fields and Waves)

 

Recommended Texts:

1.    Lecture notes available for download from this webpage (see Downloads section above).

 

Material on Reserve:

(Thode)

1. Michael Steer, Microwave and RF Design, 1st ed., SciTech Publishers, 2010. (1 copy)

2. David M. Pozar, Microwave Engineering, 3rd ed., Wiley, 2005. (1 copy)

 

Optional Texts:

D. M. Pozar, Microwave Engineering, 3rd or 4th ed., Wiley, 2005 (2012).

M. Steer, Microwave and RF Design, 1st ed., SciTech Publishers, 2010.

S. C. Harsany, Principles of Microwave Technology, Prentice-Hall, 1997. (undergraduate text)

J. B. Hagen, Radio-frequency Electronics, 2nd ed., Cambridge, 2009. (RF design)

R. E. Collin, Foundations for Microwave Engineering, 2nd ed., IEEE Press, 2001. (advanced text)

R. E. Collin, Field Theory of Guided Waves, 2nd ed., IEEE Press, 1991. (advanced text)

 

Time Table

Lectures

Tue, Thu, Fri: from 8:30 am to 9:30 am in ITB-139

 

Tutorials

Fri: from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in ITB-139

 

Midterm exam

Nov. 3, Thu, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in BSB-136

 

Assignments

10 assignments for due schedule check folder Assignments in Downloads

 

Laboratories

(6 lab modules)

Every other week: from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm in ITB/155

L01 Mon (starts Mon Sep. 12)

L02 Mon (starts Mon Sep. 19)

L03 Tue (starts Tue Sep. 13)

L04 Tue (starts Tue Sep. 20)

L05 Wed (starts Wed Sep. 14)

L06 Wed (starts Wed Sep. 21)

L07 Thu (starts Thu Sep. 15)

L08 Thu (starts Thu Sep. 22)

L09 Fri (starts Fri Sep. 16)

L10 Fri (starts Fri Sep. 23)

Office Hours:

 

TBD

 

Evaluation:

 

Final exam

Midterm exam

Assignments

Laboratory

Quizzes

Practice

Design Project

Seminar

4FJ4 (undergraduate students)

40 %

15 %

15 %

15 %

10 %

5 %

NA

NA

6FJ4 (M.Eng. students)

40 %

15 %

10 %

10 %

5 %

5 %

15 %

NA

ECE758 (M.A.Sc. & Ph.D. students)

50 %

NA

10 %

10 %

NA

5 %

15 %

10 %

Notes on Re-marking Exams and Grade Changes

  FAILURE ON THE FINAL EXAM MEANS FAILURE OF THE COURSE!

  Marking scheme can be changed in favor of the final exam weight only if the final-exam mark is > 89 %.

  Deferred exams may be oral depending on the number of the examined students.

  Associate Dean Office rules on re-marking exam papers:

If the student wishes his exam to be re-marked, s/he needs to:

- be aware that the grade could go either up or down;

- go to the Associate Dean of Engineering's office (JHE-A214);

- complete an "Examination Re-Read" form;

- take it to the Registrar's Office;

- pay $50;

- return to the Associate Dean's office with the receipt;

- Associate Dean's office then sends the request to ECE Dept., which has a couple of weeks to re-grade and respond;

- if the grade increases by 3% or more, the $50 fee is refunded to the student.

TAs:

 

Denys Shumakov

Alex Beaverstone

Daniel Tajik

shumakds

beaveras

tajikd

 

Reminder on Academic Dishonesty Policy:

Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g., the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at

http://www.mcmaster.ca/univsec/policy/AcademicIntegrity.pdf

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for which other credit has been obtained.

Improper collaboration in group work.

Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

 

 

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September 5, 2016