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Unit of study_

ELEC5101: Antennas and Propagation

The basics of antenna radiation are introduced with emphasis on the important performance characteristics of the radiation field pattern (in 3 dimensions) and feed impedance. The omnidirectional and Hertzian dipole antennas (both hypothetical in practise but robust theoretically) provide the starting point to analyse real antenna operation. Mutual coupling between close antennas and important 'ground' imaging effects lead to the design of antenna arrays to increase gain and directivity. Aperture antennas and frequency broadbanding techniques are introduced. Ionospheric propagation is discussed and also the the reception efficiency of receiving antennas which allows consideration of a Transmitter - Receiver 'Link budget'. The important 'Pocklington' equation for a wire dipole is developed from Maxwell's equations and leads to the numerical analysis of wire antennas using 'Moment' methods. Real world applications are emphasised throughout and are reinforced by the hands on laboratory program which includes design projects.

Details

Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit code ELEC5101
Unit name Antennas and Propagation
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Mahyar Shirvani Shirvanimoghaddam, mahyar.shirvanimoghaddam@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final exam
This is an open book examination.
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Lab report
30% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Assignment 1
5% Week 05 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO6
Assignment Assignment 2
5% Week 08 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO6
Presentation group assignment Final project presentation
10% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?
  • Final exam: This is an ‘open book’ examination where students are expected to demonstrate their full understanding of the course content and to be able to demonstrate their ability to tackle unusual antenna problems.
  • Lab report: The practical program provides real hands on experience of the important aspects of antenna operation. Students are able to get a feel for the fields in space which cannot be seen, a very real understanding of antenna patterns is acquired and the hugely important imaging and mutual impedance effects are well illustrated. Students also experience the performance of satellite reception antennas.
  • Presentation: Students learn about the research advances in the field of antenna engineering and familiarise themselves with the standard way of presenting results to the scientific audience. The IEEE papers will be distributed among the teams in advance. Presentations will be judged according to the marking criteria
  • Assignments: Consist of a number of problems similar to the ones discussed during the lectures. Provides the opportunity for a quick assessment and timely feedback. Submitted in a hand-written form.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 The course is introduced with a pictorial review of everyday antennas which we will encounter in the course. Basic ideas of radiation fields and the important links with RF transmission lines are developed. (2 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Introduction to Antennas and Measurement Equipment (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 02 Maxwell''s Equattiions and Basic Antenna Characteristics (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Maxwell''s Equattiions and Basic Antenna Characteristics (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 03 Wire Antennas (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Wire Antennas (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 04 input impedance and impedance matching (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Input impedance and impedance matching (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 05 Transmission Lines (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Transmission Lines (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 06 Field Concepts and Radio Waves (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Field Concepts and Radio Waves (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Design Procedure: Wire, Aperture and Microstrip Antennas (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Design Procedure: Wire, Aperture and Microstrip Antennas (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 08 Antenna Arrays (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Antenna Arrays (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 09 Antenna Measurement Techniques (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Antenna Measurement Techniques (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 10 Design Procedure: Array, Reflector and Lens Antennas (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Design Procedure: Array, Reflector and Lens Antennas (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Numerical Methods and Simulation Software (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Numerical Methods and Simulation Software (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 12 State-of-the-art in Antenna Design (2 hr) LO1 LO2
State-of-the-art in Antenna Design (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 13 Review (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Textbooks:

1. Elements of Electromagnetics

Sadiku, M. N. O. (2007); New York: Oxford University Press; 

 2. Antenna Theory - Analysis and Design(3rd Edition)

Balanis, C. A. (2005); John Wiley & Sons;

Recommended for reading:

3. Antennas: From theory to practice

Huang, Y., & Boyle, K. (2008); Chichester: Wiley; 

4. Frontiers in antennas: Next generation design & engineering

Gross, F. B. (2012); New York: McGraw-Hill;  

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. analyse and design solutions for antennas operating up to and including the microwave frequency level, by drawing on concepts and principles of antenna theory and practice
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of antenna theory and practise
  • LO3. demonstrate an understanding of antenna performance, as well as signal propagation and the associated link budget to the extent of the material presented
  • LO4. demonstrate an understanding of the process of designing a broad variety of antenna systems using principles, concepts and tools taught throughout the course
  • LO5. demonstrate an ability to develop the fundamental 'Pocklington Equation' for wire antennas which leads to the powerful computer based 'Moment Method' of analysis
  • LO6. write and maintain a laboratory log book to communicate problem-solving activities by using clear and concise language, sketches and diagrams at a technical level fitting for the tasks performed
  • LO7. conduct team work by assuming various roles as needed, demonstrating initiative and receptiveness to the viewpoints of others in the group so as to tackle and test design challenges.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
The unit has been revised according to students comment and USS feedback.

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