ECE3121 - Engineering electromagnetics - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Tom Drummond


Professor Malin Premaratne (Clayton)
Dr Tridib Saha (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


ENG2005 or ENG2092




This unit explores electrostatic, magnetostatic and electromagnetic fields, and their use to create devices and systems. Mathematical concepts are used to describe the fields, and examine the basic laws governing the generation of fields and their interactions with dielectric and magnetic materials. This study results in Maxwell's field equations, and related Laplace, Poisson and continuity equations. The real life applications of electromagnetic fields in radio communications and devices such as scanners, printers and mass spectrometers are also explored in this unit. Finally, plane wave propagation is analysed briefly as an extension of Maxwell's field equations.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics to examine the behaviour of electric and magnetic fields and relate them to suitable applications.
  2. Interpret Maxwell's equations and associated Laplace, Poisson and continuity equations using mathematical principles.
  3. Describe electric and magnetic properties of metals, dielectrics and semiconductors.
  4. Select and use appropriate tools to complete electrical and magnetic fields related laboratory tasks.
  5. Communicate their work effectively in teams.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Examination (2 hours): 60%

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

2 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratories/tutorials and 7 hours private study per week.

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