Project Description

Course Code

RF1000

Course Overview

This online course provides a comprehensive introduction to vector network analyzers (VNAs), which are one of the most widely used instruments in RF and microwave engineering. A series of video demonstrations is included as well as a review quiz to test knowledge and understanding.

What you will learn
  • Network analyzers and architecture

  • Error-correction and calibration methods

  • Multiport and balanced device measurements

  • Group delay measurements

  • RF and microwave amplifier measurements

  • Time-domain reflectometry (TDR) measurements

Target Audience

This online RF and microwave course is ideal for new entrants to the field of RF and microwave engineering that need to quickly get up to speed with VNAs. It is also suitable for engineers and technicians working RF industry but with knowledge gaps that need to be filled.

  • New Starters

  • Recent Graduates and Interns

  • RF and Microwave Engineers and Technicians

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.

Time to Complete

Approx. 4 hrs

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

  • 9 modules covering a range of essential VNA and measurement topics

  • 48 individual video lessons

  • Quiz questions to test your learning and progress

  • Downloadable supporting materials and applications notes

  • Certificate of Achievement issued by TTA on completion

  • 0.40 IEEE Continuing Education Units (optional)

  • 4.0 IEEE Professional Development Hours (optional)

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

  • 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 – Optional

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 gives you the option of claiming 0.40 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and 4.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to demonstrate your continuing professional development. You have the option of purchasing an IEEE Certificate of Completion (PDF) when you enroll or after you complete the course.

Course Curriculum

9 modules – 48 video lessons – 181 mins video

1.1 Course Overview  

2.1 Vector Network Analyzers  
2.2 How is Reflection Coefficient Measured?  
2.3 How are Two-Port Devices Measured?  
2.4 Test Sets  
2.5 Behaviour of Ideal and Actual Couplers  
2.6 Constituent Parts of Source Match  
2.7 Systematic Measurement Errors  
2.8 Full Two-Port Error Model  
2.9 Supporting Notes  
2.10 Module Quiz  

3.1 Vector Error Correction  
3.2 Calibration Standards and Types  
3.3 Simple Response Calibration  
3.4 Two-Port Calibration  
3.5 Response Versus Two-Port Calibration  
3.6 Calibration Kits  
3.7 Respect Your Cal Kit  
3.8 ECal – Electronic Calibration  
3.9 Thru-Reflect-Line (TRL) Calibration  
3.10 TRL and LRL Calibrations  
3.11 TRL Calibration on Microstrip  
3.12 Semi-Rigid Coax Calibration Kit  
3.13 Video Demo – Performing Network Analyser Coaxial Calibration  
3.14 Video Demo – Defining Waveguide Calibrations Kits  
3.15 Video Demo – Measuring the Return Loss of a Printed Antenna  
3.16 Supporting Notes  
3.17 Module Quiz  

4.1 S-Parameters for Balanced Devices  
4.2 Balanced SAW Filter Example  
4.3 Supporting Notes  
4.4 Module Quiz  

5.1 Group Delay Measurements  
5.2 Video Demo – Group Delay Measurement Using a VNA  
5.3 Supporting Notes  
5.4 Module Quiz  

6.1 Amplifier Stability Measurements  
6.2 Amplifier Measurements Using VNAs  
6.3 Amplifier Power Sweep – Compression Measurements  
6.4 Video Demo – Characterising Power Amplifiers Using a VNA  
6.5 Video Demo – Two Tone Intermodulation Measurements Using a VNA  
6.6 Video Demo – Power Calibration for Amplifier Measurements  
6.7 Supporting Notes  
6.8 Module Quiz  

7.1 Time-Domain Reflectometry (TDR) Measurements  
7.2 Time-Domain Transformations  
7.3 TDR Characterisation  
7.4 Video Demo – Time-Domain Response of Different Terminations  
7.5 Video Demo – Time-Domain Response of Stub Tuner  
7.6 Module Quiz  

8.1 Calibration, Verification and Accuracy  
8.2 Measurement of Effective Directivity Below 6 GHz  
8.3 Measurement of Effective Directivity Above 6 GHz  
8.4 Effective Source Match  
8.5 Non-Linearity, Noise and Isolation  
8.6 Effective Isolation and Noise  
8.7 Effective Load Match  
8.8 Transmission and Reflection Tracking  
8.9 Module Quiz  

9.1 Application Note – Fundamentals of Vector Network Analysis  
9.2 Recommended Reading  

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