Upcoming course: Microwave Components and Antennas (2014)

7 Jul 2014 - 13:15

The seventh course of 2014, looking at Microwave Components and Antennas, will be presented at the University of Cape Town from 14 to 18 July 2014. The presenters are Assoc Prof Daniel O’Hagan (UCT) and Prof Barry Downing (UCT).

Course code: EEE5121Z

Course Description

This course presents the technology underlying the implementation of the RF and Microwave parts of Radar Systems and Microwave Radio Systems. Although digital components and signal processing are very important for modern systems, high performance RF & Microwave Components and Antennas are key to overall system implementation.

Specific course topics include:

  • Overview of Radar and Microwave Radio
  • Circuits and Transmission Lines
  • Microwave Oscillators
  • Microwave Amplifiers
  • PIN Diodes in Switches and Limiters
  • Mixers and Receivers
  • Antennas

Upon completion of this course student will be conversant in the important parameters of antenna systems. They will have strong appreciation of the important properties of antennas and will be familiar with antenna systems, whether single elements or array configurations, implemented in many radar and EW systems.


The formal entry requirements are a South African 4 year bachelors degree or equivalent. A Science honours degree is acceptable with the appropriate subject content.

The course requires students to have a good background in Mathematics and Physics, the latter with an exposure to propagating electromagnetic waves. This course will provide some revision, but students may need to carry out extra reading. Students should also be familiar with the use of a computer to carry out calculations: the use of spreadsheets and a programming language is essential. Some packages may be introduced in the course.

Course Format and Dates

The course is given in a five day, intensive format, followed by further tutorial and seminar sessions over the weeks following the intensive session. These sessions are based on problem sets which the student must attempt in order to gain benefit from the seminars. In addition, students may book appointments with the Course Convener and the Tutor.

Course interaction is via the UCT Vula System. You will have access to this information once you have registered for the course. It is important that you provide your preferred email address (one that it checked frequently) for your Vula registration.

The assessment of this course is based on a three hour, written examination, as well as the Duly Performed (DP) requirement of 4 out of 5 seminars attended. Tutorial material will be marked and count 20% of the course mark.

The examination is closed book. Students may write the examination in their home location, provided satisfactory supervision of the examination can be arranged in good time.

More information can be found in this PDF: EEE 5121Z (2014) – Microwave Components and Antennas – Course Handout.