Fields and Transmission Lines

Subject ELEN30005 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

431-201 Engineering Analysis A (prior to 2001, 421-204 Engineering Analysis A) or equivalent, 431-202 Engineering Analysis B (prior to 2001, 421-205 Engineering Analysis B) or equivalent and 640-142 Physics 1B or equivalent.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unitwebsite:


Assoc Prof Michael Cantoni


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Subject Overview:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to analyse and compute static and time varying EM fields, and design a variety of electrical transmission line networks in the frequency domain using a combination of distributed and lumped circuit elements.

Topics include: static electric and magnetic fields in free and material space; time-varying electromagnetic (EM) fields; Maxwell's equations; plane wave propagation of EM fields: transmission lines; transmission line parameters and characteristics; introduction to distributed circuits; matching techniques; Smith Chart; scattering parameters; introduction to microstrip and stripline; introduction to waveguides and antennas.


On completing this subject the student should be able to:

  • Model electromagnetic fields for static and time-varying cases from the underlying physical principles;
  • Apply techniques for the analysis and design electrical transmission line networks;
  • Use software tools to simulate electromagnetic fields.
  • One 3-hour end of semester examination (70%),
  • Assignments (30%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Stuart M.Wentworth " Apllied Electromagnetics -EARLY Transmission Lines, Approach", Wiley, 2007
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directedlearning
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering)/Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement) Computer
Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement) Electrical
Bachelor of Engineering (IT) Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (IT) Electrical Engineering

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