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EEC134A – RF/Microwave Systems Design I

3 units – Fall Quarter

Workshop: 3 hours

Laboratory: 6 hours

Prerequisites: EEC 130B or EEC 110B or EEC 150A

Grading: Letter.

Catalog Description:

Board-level RF design, fabrication, and characterization of an RF/microwave system, including the antenna, RF front-end, baseband, mix-signal circuits, and digital signal processing models.

Expanded Course Description:

EEC 134AB is a two-quarter senior design project course with a focus in RF/microwave system engineering. The course provides an opportunity to work on hands-on projects related to RF and wireless systems on the board level. The projects encompass multiple aspects of electrical engineering, including system design, antenna design, analog circuit design, embedded systems, and digital signal processing. The primary aim of the course is to prepare the students with a better understanding of engineering principles as well as practical engineering skills.

The first project option we have implemented is a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar system that can perform range, Doppler, and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) measurements. In the first quarter, the students build an FMCW radar system using breadboard and off-the-shelf connectorized RF components. In the second quarter the students focus on improving the system performance and gauge their success by a performance competition.

The course will satisfy senior design requirement for undergraduate students in electrical and computer engineering. There is currently no RF/Microwave senior design option.

No final exam. A final report and presentation are required.

Engineering Design Statement:

Design problems of an open-ended nature on antennas and antenna arrays. Students have to justify their decisions and conclusions when using set design criteria.


  1. Notes from Instructor

Course Material Fees:

This course has a Course Material Fee. For more information on Course Material Fees in the ECE department, please click here.

Justification of units:

Workshop: 3 hours/week with no outside reading expectation of students. Lab: 6 hors/week.

Relationship to Outcomes:
Students who have successfully completed this course should have achieved:

Course Outcomes ABET Outcomes
An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering A
An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data B
An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability C
An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams D
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems E
An ability to communicate effectively G
The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context H
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. K