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Course Overview

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

Target Audience

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.

  • New Starters

  • Recent Graduates and Interns

  • RF and Microwave Technicians and Engineers

  • Technical Sales and Applications Engineers

  • Technical Managers

Technical Level

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

What’s Included?
  • Unlimited individual access to all course content on-demand 24/7 for 180 days

  • 67 minutes of focused video content

  • 8 modules covering a range of essential RF and microwave topics

  • 19 individual video lessons

  • Over 25 quiz questions to test your learning and progress

  • Downloadable supporting materials and applications notes

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

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

  • 0.15 IEEE Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

  • 1.5 IEEE Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

  • Add certificate to your LinkedIn profile

Certificate of Achievement – Included

Successfully completing all of the course modules and quizzes results in the award of a Certificate of Achievement. A high-resolution PDF certificate file will be emailed to you shortly after completing the course.

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.

Course Curriculum

8 modules – 19 video lessons – 67 mins video

1.1 Course Overview    FREE PREVIEW
2.1 RF Propagation – Ripples on a Pond    FREE PREVIEW
2.2 Definition of RF and Microwaves    FREE PREVIEW
2.3 Supporting Notes  
2.4 Module Quiz  

3.1 Electromagnetic Frequency Spectrum  
3.2 Attenuation of EM Waves by the Atmosphere  
3.3 Frequency Allocations  
3.4 Microwave Frequency Bands  
3.5 USA Frequency Allocations Wallchart  
3.6 Supporting Notes  
3.7 Module Quiz  

4.1 Distributed Not Lumped  
4.2 Electric Fields  
4.3 Magnetic Fields  
4.4 Electromagnetic Radiation  
4.5 Maxwell’s Equations for Harmonic Time Dependence  
4.6 Plane Wave Fields  
4.7 Supporting Notes  
4.8 Module Quiz  

5.1 RF Wave Characteristics  
5.2 Units of RF Power, dB and dBm    FREE PREVIEW
5.3 Application Note – dB or not dB?  
5.4 Supporting Notes  
5.5 Module Quiz  

6.1 Marconi’s Early Radio System  
6.2 Timeline of Wireless Communications Development  
6.3 Supporting Notes  
6.4 Module Quiz  

7.1 Exposure Limits  
7.2 SAR Limits  
7.3 Supporting Notes  
7.4 Module Quiz  

8.1 Recommended Reading  
8.2 Poster – Microwaves and Beyond  
8.3 Mobile App – dBm Calculation and Unit Conversion  
8.4 Mobile App – Wireless Communications Calculator  

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 180 days unlimited individual on-demand access to all course content

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