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Practical RF / Microwave Design

Key facts

TypesProfessional Development
Short Courses
AddressEwert House
OX2 7DD map
DatesMon 9 to Fri 13 Jun 2014
Subject area(s)Electronic Engineering
Telecommunications Engineering
FeesFrom £1895.00
Application statusApplications being accepted
Course codeO13C632H6Y
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email electronics@conted.ox.ac.uk.

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Due to the huge proliferation of wireless products, the use of RF system and sub-system elements is increasing. However, market demands in many business sectors are forcing dramatic cuts in the product-to-market schedule and on unit costs.

One of the major causes for RF projects running over budget or timescale projections is due to the prototype re-work phase, which arises from the complex nature of RF design.

This course can be taken in conjunction with the Successful RF PCB Design course as a single package for the discount price of £2240.00 (the standard price of the Practical RF/Microwave Design course and the Successful RF PCB Design course taken separately is £2340.00)

Please send me details about future Practical RF/Microwave Design courses.


This intensive, five-day practical course provides acceleration through the RF design learning curve by presenting a comprehensive introduction to RF and microwave design theory, techniques and measurements. It gives an overview of the fundamental concepts involved with RF/Microwave design and presents design methodologies for both passive and active RF and microwave circuits and antenna design. Common RF/Microwave measurements are detailed and demonstrated.

Many of the lectures rely on the use of live demonstrations involving test equipment and computer-based simulation tools to illustrate concepts. In addition, the delegates will have several opportunities to use the AWR Microwave Office design suite during the "hands-on" sessions of this course. The course will also demonstrate the use of state-of-the-art measurement instruments on day 4 (Thursday).

The presenters on the course are specialists drawn from both academia and industry, with a combined design experience of over fifty man-years.


What people say about the course...

Good course, covered a good section of RF and Microwave areas
- Richard Hood, MBDA UK Ltd

Professional and well structured
- M Smith, Consultant, Plextek Limited

Very good value course, covers a wide range of material, I will be able to use the acquired knowledge directly in my day-to –day activities
- Darek Maksimiuk, Radar R & D, Honeywell


Programme details

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  • Microwave Overview - Peter Gardner.
  • Microwave - Peter Gardner.
  • The Smith Chart, Matching - Peter Gardner.
  • Scattering Parameters - Peter Gardner.
  • Afternoon

  • Introduction to RF/Microwave CAD Design - Peter Gardner.
    This 3-hour session reinforces the concepts presented in the morning sessions by giving you access to the AWR Microwave Office Design Suite. A structured set of exercises, will be used in these practical sessions and include the following CAD design exercises: transmission line analysis and synthesis, lumped component performance at RF due to parasitics, quarter wave transformers, attenuator design, design of one port matching networks. You can then explore the various aspects of the design exercises at your own pace, during the three hour session.



  • Striplines - Peter Gardner.
  • Passive Devices - Peter Gardner.
  • RF/Microwave Filter Design - Peter Gardner.
  • Afternoon

  • RF/Microwave CAD Design - Peter Gardner.
    A continuation of the CAD sessions from Day One. Additional CAD design exercises include: lumped and lumped-distributed branchline and rat race coupler designs, lumped element filter design (low pass, bandpass), distributed element filter design (low pass, bandpass) to complement the morning sessions.



  • RF Amplifier Design - Peter Gardner.
  • Designing with PIN Diodes - Peter Gardner.
  • Mixers - Peter Gardner.
  • Afternoon

  • RF/Microwave CAD Design - Peter Gardner.
    The final CAD session in which you will have the opportunity to complete the outstanding exercises and also design a low noise, small signal amplifier.

  • Oscillator Design - Andy Dearn.
    General Theory of RF/Microwave Oscillators; Introduction to Negative Resistance Oscillators; Small Signal (Linear) Design Techniques; Large Signal (Non-linear) Design Techniques; Practical Examples.
  • Thursday


  • Phase Noise theory - Graham Payne.
  • Absolute and Residual Phase Noise - Graham Payne.
  • Direct Spectrum measurements - Graham Payne.
  • Mixers used as phase detectors - Graham Payne.
  • Phase lock loop measurement technique - Graham Payne.
  • Frequency Discriminator Technique - Graham Payne.
  • Advantages of Cross Correlation to system floor noise - Graham Payne.
  • Afternoon

  • Overview of Noise Figure measurements, theory and practice – Graham Payne
  • Network Analysis I: Applications and capabilities of high frequency network analysers - Graham Payne.
  • Network Analysis II: Accuracy enhancement and calibration of high frequency network analysers - Graham Payne.
  • Friday


  • Unexpected Problems at High Frequencies - Yi Huang.
  • Radio Wave Propagation Fundamentals - Yi Huang.
  • Afternoon

  • RF/Microwave Antennas Analysis, Design and Measurements - Yi Huang.
  • First day registration from 9.00am when course materials will be distributed.
    Refreshments from 9.00am on the first day plus two 30 minute breaks during the day and a one-hour lunch break.
    The course will begin at 9.30am and end at approximately 5.30pm on each day.


    Dr Peter Gardner

    Role: Speaker

    Senior Lecturer
    Department of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    University of Birmingham

    Dr Peter Gardner...more

    Mr Andy Dearn

    Role: Speaker

    Senior Communications Technology Consultant
    Plextek RF Integration, Plextek Limited

    Andy Dearn has been employed by Plextek...more

    Graham Payne

    Role: Speaker

    Microwave Applications Consultant
    Graham Payne Consulting

    Graham Payne started his career in 1966 at Philips Research...more

    Professor Yi Huang

    Role: Speaker

    Professor of Wireless Engineering
    BSc (Wuhan), MSc (Nanjing), DPhil (Oxford), SMIEEE, FIET, Ceng
    Department of Electrical Engineering

    Course aims

    Course equipment

    • Acceleration through the RF/MW learning curve.
    • RF theory supported by numerous demonstrations, case studies and examples.
    • Group size normally limited to 18 delegates to maintain an effective delegate to course tutor ratio.
    • Opportunity to discuss specific engineering applications with the course tutors.
    • Use of industry standard RF test equipment.
    • Hands-on use of AWR Microwave Office RF CAD Tool.


    Sample Certificate

    Participants who satisfy the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The sample is an illustration only.

    Level and demands

    • Design engineers and technical managers wanting to gain an overview of RF/microwave engineering principles.
    • Designers and those with some RF experience but little formal training who wish to broaden their design skill base.
    • Baseband and signal processing designers who need to be aware of RF issues.


    Rewley House Accommodation

    Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms are rated 3-star, and come with free high-speed internet access and TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.


    Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

    All courses are VAT exempt.

    Option 1: Course fee for the Practical RF/Microwave Design course only is £1895.00

    Option 2: Discount package fee for the Practical RF/Microwave Design course and the Successful RF PCB Design course is £2240.00 (normally £2340.00).

    Fee options

    Programme Fee
    Option 1: Please see above: £1895.00
    Option 2: Please see above: £2240.00

    Apply for this course

    If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying, please contact:
    Course Administrator
    Tel: +44 (0)1865 286958
    Email: electronics@conted.ox.ac.uk

    You can apply for this course in the following ways:

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    Application form PDF document.

    Terms and Conditions (important: please read before applying) .
    Guidance Notes (important: please read before applying) PDF document.

    Programmes including this module

    This module can be studied as part of these programmes: