RF Systems and Architecture

Subject ELEN90050 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 two hour lecture per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Enrolment in Master of Telecommunication Engineering


Students must have taken the following two subjects prior to enrolling in this subject

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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 Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Prof Stan Skafidas
Email: sskaf@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

Choosing the correct system architecture in implementing a system is critical in the design of on chip systems. Differing architectures have benefits and detriments. The subject will introduce students to the different RF architectures and provide students with the machinery to estimate transceiver performance and compare direct conversion and super heterodyne transceivers. Simulating transceivers is complex and full chip simulations can take many days to complete. Models for mixers, low noise amplifiers and power amplifiers will be provided to help with simulation and design as well as providing the students with insights on performing the right tradeoffs in simulation and design.


Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Explain the differences between transceiver architectures;
  • Perform tradeoffs in RF system design and specification of components.

  • One, written examination (not exceeding three hours) at the end of semester, worth 70%;
  • Continuous assessment of submitted project work (not exceeding 30 pages in total over the semester), worth 30%.
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
    Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design andoperationalperformance
  • Ability to build and test real world systems that meet industry specialisation and manufacturing standards
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development
Related Course(s): Master of Nanoelectronic Engineering

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