The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


An understanding of the laws governing the behaviour and interaction of electric and magnetic fields are fundamental to the implementation of many of the technologies used in the modern technological world. This advanced course in electromagnetism covers the topics of Electromagnetic (EM) fields and waves, transmission lines, waveguides and antennas; at a level to meet the needs of science and engineering students who are interested in electrical, computer and telecommunications engineering; as well as information transmission via wired links, radio channels, and optical fibre networks.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Have a knowledge of the theory of EM wave generation and propagation

2. Be able to apply this knowledge in practical situations

3. Be able to solve relevant theoretical problems


  1. Review of Maxwell equations for static fields,
  2. Review of phasor notation and complex representation,
  3. Faraday's Law
  4. Displacement current
  5. Full Maxwell equations
  6. Plane wave formalism
  7. Electromagnetic waves propagation constant
  8. Skin depth
  9. Poynting vector and power flow
  10. Electromagnetic wave propagation in unbounded media
  11. Reflection and transmission of EM waves at plane boundaries
  12. Transmission line theory
  13. Impedance and matching
  14. Standing Wave Ratio(SWR)
  15. Electromagnetic propagation in waveguides
  16. Antenna theory
  17. Basic types and designs.

Assumed knowledge

PHYS1220 and MATH2310.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

Labs will be scheduled for 11 weeks of term, however students are only required to attend 8 weeks. More information about this provided by teaching staff at beginning of each teaching term.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term