This short online course introduces a range of basic concepts in radio frequency (RF) and microwave engineering. It has been designed to provide a solid foundation for follow-on courses covering more specific topics. Review quizzes are included throughout the course to test knowledge and understanding.
The course begins by introducing the concept of RF waves and how they propagate in free space. This includes a description of the electromagnetic spectrum and how it is divided into frequency bands including RF and microwave frequency bands.
It then discusses RF wave effects and the idea of distributed circuit theory, which is widely used to analyse high-frequency electronic circuits. This is followed by simple explanations of electric and magnetic fields and how they combine to produce electromagnetic fields and RF radiation. An overview is given of Maxwell’s famous equations and their significance.
The next module defines key characteristics of RF waves such as amplitude, wavelength, phase etc. and units of RF power including decibels (dB), dBm and dBW and their mathematical relationships.
The course then provides a brief history of RF and wireless communications, from Marconi’s early transatlantic transmissions through to present day smart phones. This gives a useful perspective on the current state of RF technology and demonstrates how much progress has been made in a short time span.
Finally, the course provides a brief overview of RF safety, including explanations of RF exposure and specific absorption rate (SAR) limits. It’s important for those working with RF to have an understanding of the potential dangers of exposure and why safety limits are in place.
What you will learn
- Understand basic concepts of radio waves
- Define RF and microwave frequency bands
Define the electromagnetic frequency spectrum
Know the basics of electric and magnetic fields
Appreciate the significance of Maxwell’s equations
Describe RF wave characteristics such as amplitude, frequency and phase
Define RF power units such as dB, dBm and dBW
Learn about Marconi’s early radio system
Understand RF exposure, SAR limits and FCC regulations
This online RF and microwave course is ideal for new entrants to the field of RF and microwave engineering. Students and job seekers will also find the course beneficial since it covers areas likely to arise during a technical interview. Technical sales engineers and technical managers who need to improve their understanding of RF and microwave communications in order to better manage projects.
Recent Graduates and Interns
RF and Microwave Technicians and Engineers
Technical Sales and Applications Engineers
Although there are no formal prerequisites for the 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.
Time to Complete
Approx. 1 hr 30 mins
IEEE Certificate of Completion – Included
This course has been approved by the IEEE for the quality of its technical content and adherence to the IEEE’s strict criteria for educational excellence. Successfully completing all of the course modules and quizzes results in the award of an IEEE Certificate of Completion (PDF) with 0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and demonstrates your continuing professional development.
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 starting a course and that you have viewed no more than 25% of the video content.
Includes 1 year unlimited individual course access, certificate and IEEE CEUs/PDHs