Project Description

Course Code

RF002

Course Overview

Do you need to quickly get up-to-speed with modern RF, wireless and microwave measurements up to 40 GHz without having to search through endless online content, magazine articles and dry academic textbooks that all too often obscure the essence of the subject with complex mathematics?

This online RF, Wireless and Microwave Measurements Certification course brings together key topics in one place and has been designed to provide a solid grounding in the principles and practice of common measurements made by RF and microwave engineers and technicians. Throughout the course, important concepts are simplified and explained in a way that conveys the essence of each topic without complex mathematics. The course includes a series of practical measurement demonstration videos using modern RF and microwave test and measurement instruments to help reinforce the concepts introduced.

Developed by PhD-qualified RF engineers with over 50 years combined industry experience, the course focuses on the essential real-world knowledge needed to develop a successful career in the fast-paced and rapidly changing world of RF, wireless and microwave engineering.

This complete online certification course consists of 24 separate modules containing 179 individual video lessons totalling over 483 minutes of video content. Every module includes a short multiple-choice quiz to test your progress. Successfully completing all modules and quizzes results in the award of a high-quality printed certificate and transcript to demonstrate your achievement.

The course is based on a series of instructor-led classroom courses delivered in partnership with leading global test equipment manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz. Technical content has been continuously refined based on attendee feedback.

Included with the course is a set of high-quality wire-bound course notes printed full-colour A4-size with heavy-duty plastic covers – ideal for taking into the lab. These notes include copies of all the slides featured in the course videos and space for taking notes as you work through the course. Course notes are packaged and shipped to you worldwide as soon as you enrol.

What You Will Learn
  • Understand basic principles of RF, wireless and microwave measurements

  • Describe key RF, wireless and microwave measurement parameters

  • Understand how to use a range of high-frequency measurement equipment

  • Reduce the risk of expensive test equipment damage, repair costs and downtime

  • Understand how to correctly perform common RF and microwave measurements

  • Better utilise test and measurement equipment features and functionality

  • Develop your problem solving capability due to improved understanding

Target Audience

The course is ideal for graduates and new entrants to the field of high-frequency measurements. It is also suitable for those with industry experience but with knowledge gaps that need to be addressed. Students and job seekers will also find the course beneficial since it covers areas likely to arise during a technical interview.

Staff members taking the certification typically include engineers and technicians involved in making RF, wireless and microwave measurements and working in research and development, manufacturing test and production environments in the RF, wireless and microwave communications industry.

The course is also suitable for recent graduates or experienced engineers moving into the RF, wireless and microwave field, who need to quickly get up-to-speed with high-frequency measurement techniques in order to become more productive. In addition, the course will be of interest to managers working in a test environment who wish to improve their understanding of high-frequency measurements in order to better manage the test process.

  • New Starters

  • Recent Graduates and Interns

  • RF, Wireless and Microwave Engineers and Technicians

  • RF, Wireless and Microwave Test Engineers and Technicians

  • RFIC and MMIC Design Engineers

  • RF and Hardware Design and Applications Engineers

  • Technical Sales Engineers

  • Technical Managers

Technical Level

Although there are no formal prerequisites for the certification course, an ability to absorb and understand technical concepts is essential together with a desire to learn more about the topics covered. A technical background is desirable in order to derive maximum benefit from the course. Those taking the course would normally be qualified to degree-level or have equivalent experience in an engineering, physics or mathematics-related subject.

Time to Complete

Approx. 10 hours

What’s Included?
  • Unlimited individual access to all course content on-demand 24/7 for 365 days

  • Over 480 minutes of focused video content

  • 24 subject modules covering a range of RF, wireless and microwave measurement topics

  • 179 individual video lessons and measurement demonstrations

  • Over 50 quiz questions to test your learning and progress

  • Printed course notes including 199 course slides posted to you worldwide

  • 1.0 IEEE Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

  • 10 IEEE Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

  • IEEE Certificate of Completion issued directly by IEEE on completion

  • Printed Certificate of Achievement posted to you worldwide

  • Downloadable supporting materials and applications notes

  • Add certificate to your LinkedIn profile

Printed Course Notes

High-quality printed course notes are included with this diploma course. These are posted to you worldwide when you enrol. They are wire-bound and printed full-colour A4-size with heavy duty plastic covers. They include all 199 slides featured in the course videos and space for notes as you work through the course.

IEEE Certificate of Completion

This course has been approved by IEEE for the quality of its technical content and adherence to IEEE’s strict criteria for educational excellence. Successfully completing all of the course modules and quizzes results in the award of 1.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and 10 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). CEUs are widely recognized as the standard of excellence for continuing education programs in IEEE’s fields of interest. An official IEEE Certificate of Completion will be emailed directly by IEEE on completion.

Printed Certificate of Achievement

Successfully completing all of the course modules and quizzes also results in the award of a high-quality printed Certificate of Achievement issued by The Technology Academy. Certificates are made from heavyweight A4 card stock and include a 3D security hologram and attractive gold foil strip – ideal for framing.

Course Curriculum

24 modules – 179 video lessons – 483 mins total

1.1 Units of Power, dB and dBmy  
1.2 Power Transfer Efficiency  
1.3 Application Note – dB or not dB?  
1.4 Supporting Notes  
1.5 Module Quiz  

2.1 Transmission Line Fundamentals  
2.2 Transmission Line Characteristic Impedance Zo  
2.3 Transmission Line Terminated in Zo  
2.4 Transmission Line Terminated with Short and Open Circuit  
2.5 Transmission Line Terminated with 25 Ω  
2.6 Supporting Notes  
2.7 Module Quiz  

3.1 High-Frequency Device Characterization  
3.2 Reflection Parameters  
3.3 Transmission Parameters  
3.4 Supporting Notes  
3.5 Module Quiz  

4.1 Introduction to S-Parameters  
4.2 Explanation of S-Parameters  
4.3 S-Parameter Equations  
4.4 Supporting Notes  
4.5 Module Quiz  

5.1 Introducing the Smith Chart  
5.2 Smith Charts  
5.3 Supporting Notes  
5.4 Module Quiz  

6.1 Importance of Connector Care  
6.2 Coaxial Connector Categories  
6.3 Common Coax Line Sizes  
6.4 Inner Conductor Concepts  
6.5 Slotted vs Slotless Connector Interface  
6.6 Precision Connector Frequency Ranges  
6.7 Application Note – Guidance on Using Precision Coaxial Connectors in Measurement  
6.8 Application Note – RF Connector Guide  
6.9 Supporting Notes  

7.1 The 3.5 mm Connector (APC-3.5)  
7.2 The 7 mm Connector (APC-7)  
7.3 The N-Type Connector  
7.4 The SMA Connector  
7.5 Mechanically Compatible Connectors  
7.6 Supporting Notes  

8.1 Cleaning Coaxial Connectors  
8.2 Video Demo – Cleaning RF Connectors  
8.3 Use of Connector Savers and Adaptors  
8.4 Interface Dimensions and Gauging  
8.5 Video Demo – Gauging  
8.6 Application Note – RF Connector Care Guide  
8.7 Supporting Notes  
8.8 Module Quiz  

9.1 Vector Network Analyzers  
9.2 How is Reflection Coefficient Measured?  
9.3 How are Two-Port Devices Measured?  
9.4 Test Sets  
9.5 Behaviour of Ideal and Actual Couplers  
9.6 Constituent Parts of Source Match  
9.7 Systematic Measurement Errors  
9.8 Full Two-Port Error Model  
9.9 Application Note – Fundamentals of Vector Network Analysis  
9.10 Supporting Notes  
9.11 Module Quiz  

10.1 Vector Error Correction  
10.2 Calibration Standards and Types  
10.3 Simple Response Calibration  
10.4 Two-Port Calibration  
10.5 Response Versus Two-Port Calibration  
10.6 Calibration Kits  
10.7 Respect Your Cal Kit  
10.8 ECal – Electronic Calibration  
10.9 Thru-Reflect-Line (TRL) Calibration  
10.10 TRL and LRL Calibrations  
10.11 TRL Calibration on Microstrip  
10.12 Semi-Rigid Coax Calibration Kit  
10.13 Video Demo – Performing Network Analyser Coaxial Calibration  
10.14 Video Demo – Defining Waveguide Calibrations Kits  
10.15 Video Demo – Measuring the Return Loss of a Printed Antenna  
10.16 Supporting Notes  
10.17 Module Quiz  

11.1 S-Parameters for Balanced Devices  
11.2 Balanced SAW Filter Example  
11.3 Supporting Notes  

12.1 Group Delay Measurements  
12.2 Video Demo – Group Delay Measurement Using a VNA  
12.3 Supporting Notes  

13.1 Amplifier Stability Measurements  
13.2 Amplifier Measurements Using VNAs  
13.3 Amplifier Power Sweep – Compression Measurements  
13.4 Video Demo – Characterising Power Amplifiers Using a VNA  
13.5 Video Demo – Two Tone Intermodulation Measurements Using a VNA  
13.6 Video Demo – Power Calibration for Amplifier Measurements  
13.7 Supporting Notes  

14.1 Time-Domain Reflectometry (TDR) Measurements  
14.2 Time-Domain Transformations  
14.3 TDR Characterisation  
14.4 Video Demo – Time-Domain Response of Different Terminations  
14.5 Video Demo – Time-Domain Response of Stub Tuner  
14.6 Supporting Notes  

15.1 Calibration, Verification and Accuracy  
15.2 Measurement of Effective Directivity Below 6 GHz  
15.3 Measurement of Effective Directivity Above 6 GHz  
15.4 Effective Source Match  
15.4 Non-Linearity, Noise and Isolation  
15.5 Effective Isolation and Noise  
15.6 Effective Load Match  
15.7 Transmission and Reflection Tracking  

16.1 Introduction to Spectrum Analysis  
16.2 Basic Spectrum Analyzer Block Diagram  
16.3 Microwave Spectrum Analyzer  
16.4 Harmonic Mixer Responses  
16.5 Front-End Filtering  
16.6 Preselector Response  
16.7 Microwave and Low Band Architecture  
16.8 Tracking Generator Architecture  
16.9 Supporting Notes  
16.10 Module Quiz  

17.1 Spectrum Analyzer Controls  
17.2 RF Attenuator  
17.3 Intermediate Frequency (IF) Gain  
17.4 Sweep Time  
17.5 Resolution Bandwidth Filters  
17.6 Resolution Bandwidth Filter Shape Factor  
17.7 Noise Floor  
17.8 Dynamic Range of Modulated Signal Measurements  
17.9 Video Signal Processing  
17.10 Video Filter Bandwidth  
17.11 Detector Sampling Methods  
17.12 Detector Types and Properties  
17.13 Supporting Notes  
17.14 Module Quiz  

18.1 Spectrum Analyzer Specifications  
18.2 Uncertainty Contributions  
18.3 Dynamic Range  
18.4 2nd and 3rd-Order Distortion  
18.5 3rd-Order Intermodulation Levels  
18.6 Dynamic Range, Distortion and Noise  
18.7 Effect of LO Phase Noise  
18.8 Inaccuracies Due to VSWR  
18.9 Video Demo – Measuring Two-Tone Intermodulation  
18.10 Video Demo – Measuring a Modulated Carrier  
18.11 Supporting Notes  
18.12 Module Quiz  

19.1 Measuring RF Voltage and Power  
19.2 RF Power Measuring Equipment Overview  
19.3 Diode Detection  
19.4 Detector Linearity  
19.5 Practical Diode Detectors  
19.6 Effects of Modulation on Diode Detectors  
19.7 Modulation Affects Linearity Correction  
19.8 Thermoelectric Detectors  
19.9 Wider Dynamic Range Diode Detector  
19.10 Example Detector Hardware – R&S NRP Power Sensor  
19.11 Mismatch Errors  
19.12 Summing Errors  
19.13 Supporting Notes  
19.14 Module Quiz  

20.1 What is Noise Figure?  
20.2 Why Do We Measure Noise?  
20.3 What Do We Measure?  
20.4 How Do We Measure Noise?  
20.5 Noise Sources  
20.6 Avalanche Diode Noise Source  
20.7 Typical Noise Figure Measurement System  
20.8 Typical Noise Figure Meters  
20.9 Video Demo – Simplified Noise Figure Measurement with a VNA  
20.10 Video Demo – Noise Figure and Gain Measurements Using a Signal Analyzer  
20.11 Supporting Notes  
20.12 Module Quiz  

21.1 What is Phase Noise?  
21.2 Phase Noise of Sources and Devices  
21.3 Phase Noise Concept  
21.4 Terms Used to Define Stability and Noise on a Carrier  
21.5 Effects of Phase Noise – Reciprocal Mixing  
21.6 Single-Sideband Phase Noise  
21.7 Phase Noise in Digital Communications Systems  
21.8 Constellations with Phase Noise  
21.9 Phase Noise Measurement Methods  
21.10 Basis of All Phase Noise Measurement Techniques  
21.11 Measuring Phase Noise with a Spectrum Analyser  
21.12 Spectrum Analyser with External Preselection  
21.13 Comparison of Methods and Sources of Uncertainty  
21.14 Supporting Notes  
21.15 Module Quiz  

22.1 Transmitter Modulation Measurements Overview  
22.2 Power Spectral Density Measurements  
22.3 Why Does Linearity Matter?  
22.4 AM-AM and AM-PM Nonlinearities  
22.5 AM-AM and AM-PM Characteristics  
22.6 Spectral Regrowth  
22.7 Two-Tone Intermodulation  
22.8 Adjacent Channel Power  
22.9 Harmonics and Spurious Signals  
22.10 Power-Time Response  
22.11 Error Vector Magnitude (EVM)  
22.12 EVM Measurement  
22.13 Types of EVM Measurement  
22.14 GSM-EDGE EVM Measurement Example  
22.15 802.11a WLAN EVM Measurement Example  
22.16 EVM Specifications in Practice  
22.17 EVM Uncertainty Guidelines  
22.18 Supporting Notes  
22.19 Module Quiz  

23.1 Receiver Modulation Measurements  
23.2 Handset Test Setup  
23.3 Bit Error Rate (BER) Testing  
23.4 Receiver Sensitivity  
23.5 Spurious Response Measurements  
23.6 Receiver Chain Measurements  
23.7 Supporting Notes  
23.8 Module Quiz  

24.1 Radiation from Conducted Currents  
24.2 Types of EMC Measurement  
24.3 EMC Measurements  
24.4 EMC Measurement Antennas  
24.5 Anechoic Chamber  
24.6 Open Area Test Site (OATS)  
24.7 Antenna Parameters  
24.8 Antenna Terms  
24.9 Antenna Characterization Using the Three Antenna Met  hod
24.10 Calculation of Antenna Factor  
24.11 Standard Antenna Method  
24.12 Typical Antenna Factor  
24.13 Points to Be Aware Of  
24.14 Power Radiation Pattern  
24.15 EIRP – Effective Isotropic Radiated Power  
24.16 Supporting Notes  
24.17 Module Quiz  

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