Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

H63MCM Microwave Communications
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 3

Target Students: 

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: Background knowledge of basic principles in telecommunications
modulation schemes, (H62TLC)
delivery systems, wave propagation and transmission line characteristics

H62TLC Telecommunications 

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module provides an overview of microwave telecommunication systems. Topics cover characteristics of atmosphere and ionosphere, microwaves in free space (the link equation, satellite communications, microwave radio links, remote sensing (RADAR)), microwave waveguides and devices (coaxial cable, microstrip/ striplines, rectangular and circular waveguides, periodic structures and filters), transmission line equivalents of microwave circuits, matrix representation of microwave networks (transfer matrix, scattering matrix) and impedance matching.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks1 per week2 hours
Tutorial 12 weeks1 per week1 hour

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25 Using ADS to model/design a filter device 
Coursework 2 40 Design of a microwave waveguide and the waveguide based bandpass filter (CST software and analytical analysis skills) 
Coursework 3 35 Design of microwave patch antenna (CST software) 

Dr A Vukovic

Education Aims:  To introduce the students to the operation of modern communication systems. The module will cover characteristics of atmosphere and ionosphere and the propagation of microwaves in free space. Characteristics of different transmission mediums including coaxial cables, metal waveguides, microstrip, striplines and coplanar lines will also be covered. To module will also introduce students to techniques used to analyse microwave circuits including transmission line theory and network analysis. These principles will be used to design a particular microwave component (filter or antenna) to given specifications. These principles will be used to design microwave filters and antennas to given specifications.

Learning Outcomes:  

By the end of the module, students should be able to: