Project Description

Course Code

RF002

Course Overview

Do you need to quickly get up-to-speed with modern RF and microwave measurements at frequencies 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 and microwave measurements diploma course brings together key high-frequency measurement 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 your career in the fast-paced and rapidly changing world of RF 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 IEEE Certificate of Completion (PDF) 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 full-colour course notes in digital PDF format. These notes include copies of all the slides featured in the course videos as well as space for taking notes as you work through the tutorials. A download link to the course notes will be emailed to you after you enroll.

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 online 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

  • Downloadable course notes in digital PDF format including all 199 course slides

  • Downloadable supporting materials and applications notes

  • IEEE Certificate of Completion issued by IEEE on completion (PDF)

  • 1.0 IEEE Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

  • 10 IEEE Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

  • Certificate of Achievement issued by TTA on completion (PDF)

  • Add certificate to your LinkedIn profile

High-Quality Course Notes

Course notes in digital PDF format are included with this diploma course. They include all 199 slides featured in the course videos with space for taking notes as you work through the course. A download link will be emailed after you enroll.

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 (PDF) will be emailed directly by IEEE on completion.

TTA Certificate of Achievement

In addition to an IEE certificate, successfully completing all of the course modules and quizzes results in the award of a high-quality Certificate of Achievement (PDF) by The Technology Academy. An optional printed certificate (USD $25) can also be purchased, made from heavyweight A4 card stock with a 3D security hologram and attractive gold foil strip – ideal for framing.

100% No-Risk Guarantee

We want you to be satisfied with this course and therefore offer a 100% no-risk refund guarantee. To receive a full refund, all we ask is that refund requests are made within 30 days of purchase and that you have viewed no more than 5 individual course videos.

Includes 1-year unlimited individual course access, PDF course notes, certificates and IEEE CEUs/PDHs

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Enroll on course RF002 – $945
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