Engineering Electromagnetics

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
29 April 2019


Requisites for this module
CE163 and CE164



Key module for

BENGH610 Electronic Engineering,
BENGH611 Electronic Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH61P Electronic Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
BENGHP10 Electronic Engineering (Including Placement Year),
MENGH613 Electronic Engineering,
MENGH614 Electronic Engineering (Integrated Masters, Including Placement Year),
BENGH641 Communications Engineering,
BENGHP41 Communications Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
BENGHPK1 Communications Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BENGHQ41 Communications Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
MENGH642 Communications Engineering,
BSC H631 Electronics,
BSC H632 Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC H633 Electronics (Including Placement Year)

Module description

Many modern electronic devices are high speed and are widely used in computer, communication, radar and various other electronic systems. The speed of these devices and systems using them can be so high that it is impossible to ignore the fundamental aspects of electromagnetic waves in their design and operation, which include circuit layouts, interconnections, antennas as well as regulatory aspects designed to ensure that devices and systems do not radiate interference. After introducing the basics of vector calculus and laws of electromagnetic fields and waves, the module converges toward the treatment of transmission lines and waveguides, matching, and mechanisms by which structures can radiate either intentionally or unintentionally.

Module aims

This aims of this module are to introduce the fundamental aspects of electromagnetic waves in their design and operation, which include circuit layouts, interconnections, antennas as well as regulatory aspects designed to ensure that devices and systems do not radiate interference.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. understand basics of vector calculus and their applications to electromagnetics fields and waves ;
2. explain basic electromagnetic laws in words and mathematical forms
3. evaluate electromagnetic properties of basic transmission lines and waveguides;
4. solve simple problems relating to transmission line matching and standing waves;
5. describe radiating waves in free-space and other media;
6. explain properties of a basic antenna in transmission and reception;
7. evaluate qualitatively techniques for achieving electromagnetic compatibility.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

. Vector calculus operators and their interpretation in relation to Maxwell's equations.

. Review of capacitance and inductance and the concept of storage of electric and magnetic field energy.

. Maxwell equations and free-space electromagnetic waves. Polarization. Waves in media. Metallic conductors and skin depth.

. Basic transmission lines and waveguides: coaxial, twin-wire, metallic and optical waveguides, and their electromagnetic properties

. Telegraphy equations, and analysis of transmission lines as the limit of discrete ladder networks.

. Waves on transmission lines. Characteristic impedance. Standing waves and their relation to impedance termination and matching criteria. Basic modes in rectangular waveguides.

. Radiation and antennas. Radiation from a short dipole. Radiation from a slot. Reciprocity. Antenna gain and basic link calculations.

. Electromagnetic compatibility. Unintended radiation. Balancing and shielding of currents. Isolation of power lines.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and Classes


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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Progress Test 1 - Week 21 50%
Coursework Progress Test 2 - week 24 50%
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
30% 70%


Coursework Exam
30% 70%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Professor Dariush Mirshekar-Syahkal
School office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

Dr Yunfei Chen
University of Warwick
Associate Professor
Dr Yunfei Chen
University of Warwick
Associate Professor
Dr Xu Wang
Heriot-Watt University
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 34 hours, 32 (94.1%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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