The second year develops the themes of the first year, combines them with a broadening view of the field and introduces subjects such as:-
- control concepts
- power and energy management
- electromagnetic wave propagation
All of these subject areas are supported by laboratory assignments that involve working with hardware as well as circuit and system simulation software.
A typical laboratory exercise in the second-year is the “Radio-Frequency Modem” project to design and build an operational wireless link between two computers (much like the Bluetooth connections used on mobiles and laptops). This is an industrially-relevant topic, and the exercises bring together many aspects of the curriculum from circuit and filter design to communications and radio antenna performance.