RF Electronics and Design

Subject ELEN90049 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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

200 hours


Prerequisites for this subject are:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1

The corequisite for this subject is:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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


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

Subject Overview:


This subject will introduce students to high frequency design of low noise amplifiers, mixers, voltage controlled oscillators, power amplifiers, power combining techniques, Doherty power amplifiers, stacked transistor designs, dividers and phase locked loops. After completing this subject students will be able to design, simulate (schematic and post layout simulation), extract and fabricate components operating in the 50+GHz frequency range.


Topics include:

Matching networks, Passive Components Design (Power Dividers, Couplers, Baluns, Filters, Inductors…), Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) Design, Up/Down Mixers Design, Voltage Control Oscillator (VCO) Design, Power Amplifier (PA) Design, and Transmitter/Receiver Design.

This material is complemented by the use of software tools (e.g. MATLAB, Cadence, HFSS, CST-Field solver) for computation and simulation.

Learning Outcomes:


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

  1. Design, simulate and analyse the performance of RF low noise amplifiers, on chip power amplifiers, up and down conversion mixers, Voltage Controlled Oscillators and Phase Locked Loops.
  • 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, approximately 40-45 hours of work per student), worth 30%.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) are assessed in the final exam and submitted project work.

Prescribed Texts: None
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 and operational performance
  • Ability to build and test real world systems that meet industry specialisation and manufacturing standards
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development


Theoretical explanation and practical design details for given topics will be discussed in succession. Design examples and assignments are given to help students deeply understanding the design techniques.


Students are provided with lecture slides, tutorials and worked solutions, laboratory sheets, and reference text lists.


Exposure to engineering design context through research lab visits and/or guest lectures.

Related Course(s): Master of Nanoelectronic Engineering

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