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Archived Version 2021 - 2022

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

INACTIVE - This module is designed to develop the student's knowledge and understanding of electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic wave propagation, including guided wave propagation in systems operating as transmission lines, and microwave waveguides. The module includes a thorough development of the mathematical tools (field theory, differential operators and the solution of partial differential equations), required for analysis of these types of systems.

Learning Outcomes

1. derive Maxwell's equations
2. manipulate the scalar and vector field quantities that arise in time varying electromagnetims and perform vector calculus operations on them.
3. mathematically represent wave and an electromagnetic wave.
4. analyse the propagation of an electromagnetic wave in free space, at a media interfaces, and in various waveguides.
5. derive, calculate and manipulate an expression for the skin depth.
6. derive, calculate and manipulate Poynting vector.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial12No Description
Independent Study89No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Mathematical background
A review of vector analysis. A review of physical concepts. An overview of the wave equation. Introduction of the concept of mode, illustration of Fourier series.

Electromagnetic wave
A summary of Electrostatics and Magnetostatics. Time-varying fields, Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic potentials. Electromagnetic waves: mathematical representation of plane waves. Poynting vector. Skin depth and its importance in RF transmission, an introduction to plasmonics. Guided waves from two-plate waveguide to transmission lines. TE and TM waveguides. Electromagnetic radiation of an oscillating elemental dipole Electromagnetics of circuits: resonance and radiation.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Kraus J D: 0, Electromagnetics, McGrawHill,
  • Ramo S, Whinney JR & Van Duzer T: 0, Fields and waves in communication electronics, Wiley,
  • Edminister J: 0, Electromagnetics, Schaum Series,
  • Dearholt, DW & McSpadden,W.R.: 0, lectromagnetic Wave Propagation, McGraw-Hill,
  • Lorrain P et al: 0, Electromagnetic Fields and Waves,
  • Feynman RP et al: 0, The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. I, Vol. II,, Addison-Wesley,
  • Duffin W J: 0, Electricity and Magnetism, McGraw-Hill,
  • Marshall & Skitek: 0, Electromagnetic concepts and applications, Prentice-Hall,
  • Umran S. Inan and Aziz S. Inan: 1998, Engineering Electromagnetics, Prentice Hall,
  • David M. Pozar: 2004, Microwave engineering, Wiley,
  • Nannapaneni N. Rao: 2004, Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics, Prentice Hall,
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