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Unit information: Antennas in 2022/23

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Unit name Antennas
Unit code EENGM0024
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Hilton
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Unit Information

The antenna is an integral part of any wireless communications system. This unit predominantly considers intentional radiators (i.e. antennas), though also provides a basis for analysis of unintentional electromagnetic radiation (i.e. potential sources of interference). The first part of the unit concentrates on defining, and practical measurement of, antenna characteristics. Antenna array theory is then developed to show how the antennas radiation pattern can be shaped and steered. The application and design of some of the wide variety of antenna configurations is considered, with examples given of practical antennas (dipoles, slots, arrays, reflectors). It is also important to show how the antenna is integrated with feed-lines and RF circuitry. The work is covered in lectures and reinforced through practical antenna measurements and computer-aided design.

Your learning on this unit

  1. outline what is meant by electromagnetic radiation;
  2. explain basic antenna characteristics (matching, transmission and polarisation);
  3. analyse RF characteristics of some antenna element geometries;
  4. analyse linear and planar antenna arrays;
  5. formulate antenna weights to shape and steer antenna array radiation patterns;
  6. undertake simple antenna design and basic practical antenna measurements;

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

How you will be assessed

ILOs will be assessed via an exam (80%) and coursework (20%).


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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