Antennas, Propagation and RF Circuits


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds upon knowledge obtained during the modules Wireless communication systems and networks (1st semester) and Dynamic channels (2nd semester).

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


The students must have insight in:

  • Antennas
  • Requirements for antennas in a scattering radio environment
  • Multi-antenna/ correlation analysis
  • Antenna measurement principles
  • Near field (antenna design)
    • Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) Method
    • Method of Moments
  • Far field (propagation)
    • Ray tracing
    • Phase screen methods and diffraction
  • RF circuits
    • Transceiver structures and synchronization (incl. duplexing and access aspects)
    • Non-ideal components (non-linearities, compression and intercept)
    • Noise factor
    • S-parameter description of components
    • RF/u-wave measurements of wireless communication blocks and chains


The students must have understanding of:

  • Identify connection between antenna system and radio channel behavior
  • Assess performance of antenna elements and antenna systems
  • Select appropriate Electro-magnetic near and far field Simulation methodology for realistic antenna and propagation settings
  • Synthesize a transceiver system on a block diagram level
  • Describe the modifications that a signal undergoes through a transceiver chain or individual RF circuits
  • Simulate the transmission of digital data through a full transceiver chain or individual circuits – including transmitter, lossy and noisy wireless channel, and receiver


The students must be able to:

  • Apply antenna(system) and propagation conditions in new/real-world constellations for analyzing wireless communication system impact and performance optimization
  • Evaluate limits of the methods and theories as applied to more general problems
  • Discuss and evaluate the impact of different transceiver blocks in a communication link
  • Set up a simulation model to access and evaluate the performance of (digital data) transmission over a wireless communication link

Type of instruction

Types of instruction are listed in §17; Structure and contents of the programme.



Name of examAntennas, Propagation and RF Circuits
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleAntenner, udbredelse og RF-kredsløb
Module codeESNCTK3K1
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Communication Technology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Electronics and IT
DepartmentDepartment of Electronic Systems
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design