ECE5882 - Advanced electronics design - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Tom Drummond


Associate Professor Mehmet Yuce

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


The students should have a basic knowledge of electronics and electrical circuit analysis as would typically be covered in undergraduate subjects in these areas.


This an advanced unit in electronics design. Students will be provided with an in-depth knowledge of radio frequency (RF) and microwave circuits and systems. The unit builds on students' basic electronic knowledge obtained from their undergraduate engineering degree to a more advanced analog and RF electronics, with more theory and applications of electronics.

The unit will teach students the detailed design principles of passive and active electronic devices at radio frequencies. Students will learn to use CAD design software packages for assignments and projects. Important analogue and RF building components such as amplifiers, filters, oscillators, modulators, mixers and phase locked loops will be taught. Topics such as noise and interference in electronics circuits will also be covered.

Students will undertake a group project where RF/mixed signal circuits will be designed, built and tested in the laboratory.


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

  • analyse RF and microwave electronic components, circuits and systems
  • design and implement RF and mixed signal electronic devices
  • formulate, plan, create, document, validate and simulate RF and mixed signal electronic designs with the effective use of appropriate modern CAD design software tools
  • test and characterise RF and microwave electronics using appropriate test equipment


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

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 practicals/laboratory and 6 hours of private study per week.

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering