Microwave Engineering I: Passive Circuit Design
Catalog Data: 

Graduate Course Information


ECE 586 - Microwave Engineering I

Credits: 3.00

Course Website: D2L /

UA Catalog Description:

Course Assessment:

Homework:  8 – 10 assignments

Project:  1 project

Exams:  3 Midterm Exams, 1 Final Exam

Grading Policy:

Typically: 45% Midterms,

               25% Final Exam,

               15% Homework

               15% Laboratory / Project.

Course Summary:

ECE 486/586 is structured to provide all students with the fundamental concepts and techniques associated with RF/microwave/wireless passive circuit design.  Successful completion of this course will allow students to design and evaluate passive microwave circuits, as well as comprehend and analyze more advanced material in the field of microwave engineering.  Microwave engineering is growing in importance with each passing year.  It has application to the wireless industry and to high density electronic packaging for computer systems with fast clock speeds.  Some common applications of passive microwave circuits include communication systems (e.g., satellite-to-ground link), mobile phones and wireless local-area-network, radar, navigation and guidance systems (e.g., GPS), antennas, radio astronomy, electronic warfare, remote sensing, and biomedical devices.

Graduate Standing

Microwave Engineering 3rd. Edition, David M. Pozar, John Wiley and Sons, 2005

Course Topics: 

● Analyze a variety of transmission line media

● Design lumped element RF matching networks

● Design quarter-wave transformers

● Design matching networks

● Design resonators

● Design power dividers

● Design hybrids

● Design directional couplers

● Design low-pass, band-pass, and band-stop filters

● Evaluate the performance of various passive microwave circuits

● Measure the performance of a variety of microwave circuits

Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

Lecture:  150 minutes/week

Laboratory:  Open Schedule (3 labs/semester)

Prepared by: 
Hao Xin
Prepared Date: 
April 2013

University of Arizona College of Engineering