ECE4122 - Advanced 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


Assoc Professor Nemai Karmakar (Clayton)
Assoc Professor Rajendran Parthiban (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


ECE3121 or ECE2021


ECE3022Not offered in 2018


The unit evaluates the propagation of time-harmonic electromagnetic waves in wireless and guided media using Maxwell's equations. The media covered include vacuum/air, radio frequency (RF) and microwave transmission lines, metallic waveguides, planar optical waveguides and optical fibres.

The unit also explores different types of antennas that can be used to generate the electromagnetic waves. In addition to these, the unit covers concepts related to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). Using these concepts, the unit explores practical problems such as interference and coupling in RF/microwave circuits and discusses solutions such as grounding, shielding and filtering. In each section of this unit, the learned theory is related to real-world applications to expand the understanding of students.


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

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, physics and engineering fundamentals to solving complex problems involving plane wave propagation in various media, antennas and electromagnetic compatibility.
  2. Interpret solutions to complex electromagnetic problems using mathematics, physics and Maxwell's equations.
  3. Apply appropriate techniques to solve transmission line, antenna and optical fibre related practical problems.
  4. Select and use appropriate software and hardware tools to complete transmission line, antenna and optical fibre related laboratory tasks.
  5. Communicate technical contents related to electromagnetic theory effectively individually and in a group.


Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

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 laboratories/tutorials and 6 hours of private study per week.

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