Introduction to Radio Frequency Engineering

The certificate course "Introduction to Radio Frequency Engineering" imparts basic knowledge to the participants in the area of high frequency and radio frequency techniques to facilitate the start of the accompanying master’s programme "Sensor Systems Engineering".

Introductory Lecture:

9th of october 2020


to be determined

One day of on-campus attendance (Online participation will be provided optionally):

to be determined

Oral exam (The oral exam will usually take place at Ulm University):

by personal agreement

Introduction to Radio Frequency Engineering


Module description

The description of the module you find here.

Contents of the course

  • Real circuit devices
  • Brief overview over Maxwell's equations, boundary conditions, wave equation, vector potential, Poynting vector, skin effect, plane wave
  • Waves on transmission lines
  • Smith chart, reflection of waves at load impedances, impedance transformation by transmission lines and other circuit elements
  • Wave amplitudes, description of linear, time-invariant wave-based N-ports by scattering parameters, signal flow graphs
  • Electronic noise
  • Components like filters, couplers, amplifiers, mixers
  • Basic terms of antenna technology
  • Introduction into wave propagation

Learning aims of the course

By successfully completing the course the participants shall be able to describe basic properties of important radio frequency components and to use their performance to design respective circuits. They will be able to apply basic methods for the analysis and the design of state-of-the-art RF circuits and systems.

Excerpt of the courseware

Excerpt of the courseware

Learning setting

  • Self-study with learning material that is offered on a learning platform (written material, videos, interactive exercises)
  • Webinars (online-seminars)
  • Possibility of thematic exchange in an online forum
  • One day of on-campus attendance as a refresher course (online participation will be provided optionally)
  • Oral exam (will usually take place at Ulm University)

After finishing your exam successfully you will get a certificate and a supplement, which will list the contents of the module and the competencies you have acquired. The supplement confirms you the equivalent of 3 credit points (European Credit Transfer System).


  • Basics of electrical engineering
  • Advanced mathematics (complex calculation, basics of vector analysis)
  • Analogue circuits
  • Signals and systems

Study fees

The fee for participating in the module “Introduction to Radio Frequency Engineering” is 270 Euro.

It includes the use of all learning materials for the duration of the course, as well as the support by the Institute of Microwave Engineering at Ulm University. It also includes the possibility of taking the oral exam.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Menzel
Institute of Microwave Engineering

Dr.-Ing. Tobias Chaloun
Institute of Microwave Engineering