Introduction to Radio Frequency and Microwave Design (EE 306)

2023 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Electronics Engineering(EE)
Korkut Kaan Tokgöz,
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EE200 EE202 ENS201
Formal lecture,Recitation,Laboratory
Project based learning,Task based learning,Simulation
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Electromagnetic wave propagation, transmission line theory microwave transmission systems, passive components, microwave tubes, solid state microwave devices, microwave integrated circuits, S-parameter analysis, microstrip and coplanar lines transmission lines.


To teach the basics of high frequency design, behavior of passive components at RF frequencies, new design methods using Smith Chart, S parameters and transmission lines. RF amplifier concepts will be introduced. At the end, students will be able to design a high frequency single transistor amplifier as a course project (individually), and measure its performance using RF measurement tools. Using RF simulation tools efficiently is also the intended outcome of this course.


  • By the end of this module, students will understand the behavior of components at high frequencies, limitations of basic circuit design at high frequencies, transmission line analysis.
  • Use the Smith Chart for high frequency circuit design. Design matching and biasing networks.
  • Know the S parameters, Z, Y parameters analysis
  • Design high frequency transistor amplifiers.
  • Learn high frequency measurement concepts, and use test equipment such as network analyzers. Use RF simulation tools such as Agilent's ADS. Build a working 1 GHz single transistor amplifier with at least 10 db gain, at the end of the course


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 1

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 3

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 5

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 4

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 5

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 4

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 4

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 5

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 1

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 4

1. Use mathematics (including derivative and integral calculations, probability and statistics, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics), basic sciences, computer and programming, and electronics engineering knowledge to (a) Design and analyze complex electronic circuits, instruments, software and electronics systems with hardware/software or (b) Design and analyze communication networks and systems, signal processing algorithms or software 5

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 1

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 1

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 1

1. Familiarity with concepts in statistics and optimization, knowledge in basic differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, complex variables, multi-variable calculus, as well as physics and computer science, and ability to use this knowledge in modeling, design and analysis of complex dynamical systems containing hardware and software components. 1

2. Ability to work in design, implementation and integration of engineering applications, such as electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, control and computer systems that contain software and hardware components, including sensors, actuators and controllers. 1


  Percentage (%)
Final 35
Midterm 10
Individual Project 35
Homework 20



RF Circuit Design, Theory and Applications} by R. Ludwig & P. Bretchko.