City University of Hong Kong Information on a Course offered by Department of Electronic Engineering with effect from Semester A in 2014/2015

Part I Course Title:

Fundamentals of Antenna Design

Course Code:


Course Duration:

One semester (13 weeks)

No. of credits:




Medium of


Instruction: Prerequisites (Course Code and

EE3008 Principles of Communications and EE3109 Applied Electromagnetics


Precursors (Course Code and


Title): Equivalent Course (Course Code Nil and Title) : Exclusive Courses: (Course Code Nil and Title):

Part II 1.

Course Aims: This course aims to provide students with essential techniques for the analysis and design of popular antennas for modern wireless communications. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of principles of operation. Basic measurement techniques will be learned.


Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: No. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.


CILOs Describe and analyse some simple radiating systems Analyze basic antenna arrays Describe the general characteristics of high gain antennas Describe the general characteristics of broadband antennas Design dipole antennas, slot antennas and microstrip patch antennas Design small antennas

Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs) CILO 1,2,3,4 CILO 5,6

Lecture, tutorial Lecture, tutorial, mini-project

Timetabling Information Pattern Lecture: Tutorials: Laboratory: Mini-project

Hours 26 13*

*Some of the tutorials will be conducted in the laboratory.


Assessment Tasks/Activities Type of assessment Weighting tasks (if applicable) Continuous Assignments, Test, mini40% Assessment project Examination Written exam 60% 2 hours Remarks: To pass the course, students are required to achieve at least 35% in course work and 35% in the examination.


Grading of Student Achievement: Letter Grade A+ A AB+ B BC+ C CD F


Grade Point 4.3 4.0 3.7 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.0 0.0

Grade Definitions Excellent



Marginal Failure

Constructive Alignment with Major Outcomes MILO 1, 3


How the course contribute to the specific MILO(s) The course provides students with opportunities in antennas being fabricated on a printed circuit board, the dominant choice in industry in recent years. Students are required to complete assignments to gain experience in the analysis of basic antennas and arrays. An individual mini-project is allocated to allow students to practice the design of basic antennas for applications in wireless communications

Part III Keyword Syllabus: Antenna Fundamentals Overview, Wave equation and its solution, Hertzian dipole, transmitting antenna parameters, receiving antenna, antenna polarization, antenna measurement Wire antennas Electrically-small dipole, half-wave dipole, monopole, balun, folded dipole, loop antennas Antenna arrays Array factors, pattern multiplication, uniform array, mutual coupling, scan blindness, multidimensional array, feed network, switched-beam array High gain antennas Yagi-uda antenna, corner reflector antenna, Fresnel zone plate antenna Broadband antennas Travelling-wave antenna, helical antenna, frequency-independent antennas Aperture antennas Fields as sources of radiation, Huygen’s Principle, horn antenna, slot antenna, reflector antennas Microstrip antennas Basic characteristics, transmission line model, cavity model, feed techniques, bandwidth enhancement techniques, size reduction techniques, PIFA.

Recommended Reading: Essential Reading K F Lee: Principles of Antenna Theory, (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1984) W L Stutzman and G A Thiele: Antenna Theory and Design, (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2nd Edition, 1998) Supplementary Reading R E Collin: Antennas and Radiowave Propagation, (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1985) C A Balanis: Antenna Theory – Analysis and Design, (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 3rd Edition, 2005) K F Lee and W Chen: Advances in Microstrip and Printed Antennas, (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1997) D K Cheng: Field and Wave Electromagnetics, (Addison-Wesley, Reading, 2nd Edition 1989)



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