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Learn The Basics Of RF Systems Design Principles

Intended to orient the Engineering student toward Radio Frequency (RF) circuits systems design principles, this course provides a fundamental overview of RF theory, RF systems and hardware architecture and RF design topics.

Basic electromagnetic theory, modulation theory, receivers, transmitters, antennas, transmission lines, system link considerations and hardware design of RF equipment will be discussed in relative depth to prepare the student for more advanced courses in the RF Engineering program with relative ease, also providing the non-RF engineer with basic knowledge of the field.

 Course Highlights:

  • RF Wave Propagation
  • Antennas
  • Transmission Lines and Analysis
  • Modulation Theory
  • RF Amplifiers
  • Oscillators in RF Systems
  • RF Receivers and System Links

Course Benefits:

  • Define elements of Electromagnetic propagation in space and impairments.
  • List Antenna types their functionalities and modes of operation.
  • Name and differentiate RF transmission lines and perform wave/line analysis
  • List and differentiate primary Modulation techniques with their characteristics
  • Describe the various RF Amplifier types and classes and their characteristics
  • Describe the various RF oscillator types and their characteristics
  • Show familiarity with the RF Receiver architecture and subsection characteristics
  • Show familiarity and perform power budget calculations on RF system links.


Course Typically Offered: Online during Fall and Spring quarter 

Prerequisites:  Basic knowledge of Electrical Engineering circuits and devices with ability to perform simple circuit analysis. Fundamental knowledge of mathematics (Algebra and basic Calculus) is very helpful.

Next steps:  Upon completion of this course, consider taking other courses in the RF Engineering Certificate

More information: Contact infotech@ucsd.edu to learn more about RF Engineering and course offerings.

Course Number: EE-40137
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: RF Engineering

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