Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)N Karmakar (Clayton); R Parthiban (Malaysia)


In this unit, students will be introduced to the principles of electromagnetism and wave propagation of wireless and guided waves based on the use of Maxwell's equations. They will then analyse more complicated structures such as radio frequency (RF) and microwave transmission lines, rectangular metallic waveguides, optical fibers and antennas. Students will then apply these wave propagation principles to examine the practical issues of RF and microwave circuits in laboratory environments. Issues related to interference problems such as filtering, grounding and shielding in RF and microwave circuit layouts will also be covered. Finally, practical wireless communication systems will be introduced to students to give an understanding on how the theories learnt are used in real life applications.


At the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  • evaluate basic principles of plane wave propagation in vacuum/air, transmission lines, waveguides and optical fibers
  • compare and contrast different types of antennas in terms of parameters such as gain, beamwidth and bandwidth
  • design optical fibers for given values of attenuation and dispersion
  • explain the effect of electro-magnetic interference and devise guidelines to achieve electro-magnetic compatibility
  • work independently and in multi-cultural teams


Continuous assessment: 30%
Examination: (3 hours): 70%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory and practice classes and 6 hours of private study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


ECE2021 (or ECE2201 or PHS2022) and ECE2041 (or ECE2401)