RF System Design


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

After successfully completing this class, students will be able to
  • Describe and articulate the basic design principles of RF modules and transceivers.
  • Describe and articulate common transceiver architectures.
  • Use tools and analysis techniques to estimate the impact of non-linear effects, noise and interferences on transceivers.


This is a one credit hour course, not three credit hours. Class duration: September 28 - October 30, 2020

Topics Covered:


Basic undergraduate-level electromagnetics (ECE 31100 at Purdue with a grade of C or better) including fundamental concepts of RF waves and transmission lines (a comprehensive review will be provided in this class though). ECE69500RF ??? Primer on RF Design.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50


Approximately one homework assignment per week will be given.


  • Michael Steer, Microwave and RF Design: A Systems Approach, 2nd edition, Scitech Publishing, 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1613530214
  • Class notes will be distributed through blackboard.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Requirements: