Course Details

ELE 720 Electromagnetic Wave Propagation
2019-2020 Fall term information

The course is not open this term

Timing data are obtained using weekly schedule program tables. To make sure whether the course is cancelled or time-shifted for a specific week one should consult the supervisor and/or follow the announcements.

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Course Name Code Semester Theory
Credit ECTS
Course languageTurkish
Course typeElective 
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-Face 
Learning and teaching strategiesLecture
Question and Answer
Preparing and/or Presenting Reports
Problem Solving
Instructor (s)Department Faculty  
Course objectiveThe main purpose of this course is to equip students with necessary knowledge and skills about the basic concepts and principles of electromagnetic wave propagation in the atmosphere and over the ground, as well as about the modeling, analysis and design methods that are used in this field. 
Learning outcomes
  1. L.O.1.Describe the main principles and application within Electromagnetic wave propagation in free space
  2. L.O.2. To calculate the Electromagnetic Field depending on the different propagation media and frequency in telecommunication
  3. L.O.3. To understant the research papers and the plannig about RF propagation
  4. L.O.4. To recognise the application and usage of the related national and international standards
Course Content Introduction to Electromagnetic wave theory, Propagation of RF waves and ApplicationsRadio wave propagation in free space, the effects of the Earth's surface on propagation, propagation problems for the line of sight paths. Influence of the troposphere ans Ionosphere on propagation, concept of diffraction, frequency sharing, noise and interference problems..  
ReferencesLecture notes
-R.E.Collin, Antennas and Radiowave Propadation, McGraw Hill, 1985
-J. Lavergnat, M.Sylvain, Radio Wave Propagation Principles and Techniques, Wiley, 2000.
-A.Saakian, Radio Wave Propagation Fundamentals, Artech House, 2011.

Course outline weekly

Week 1Introduction to the basic principles and wave mechanisms (reflection, diffraction, refraction) in electromagnetic wave propagation
Week 2Basics principles of electromagnetics and antenna analysis
Week 3Line of sight (LOS) propagation, atmospheric attenuation
Week 4Propagation over Earth (interference region)
Week 5Propagation over Earth (diffraction region)
Week 6Tropospheric propagation
Week 7Midterm Exam-I
Week 8Ionospheric propagation
Week 9Numerical methods for electromagnetic wave propagation
Week 10Satellite communication
Week 11Statistical modeling, noise
Week 12Midterm Exam II
Week 13General review by classifying all propagation models according to the frequency band of operation
Week 14Project presentations
Week 15Final exam
Week 16Final exam

Assesment methods

Course activitiesNumberPercentage
Field activities00
Specific practical training00
Final exam140
Percentage of semester activities contributing grade succes560
Percentage of final exam contributing grade succes140

Workload and ECTS calculation

Activities Number Duration (hour) Total Work Load
Course Duration (x14) 14 3 42
Laboratory 0 0 0
Specific practical training000
Field activities000
Study Hours Out of Class (Preliminary work, reinforcement, ect)14570
Presentation / Seminar Preparation32266
Homework assignment000
Midterms (Study duration)22550
Final Exam (Study duration) 12525
Total Workload3480253

Matrix Of The Course Learning Outcomes Versus Program Outcomes

D.9. Key Learning OutcomesContrubition level*
1. Has highest level of knowledge in certain areas of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.  X  
2. Has knowledge, skills and and competence to develop novel approaches in science and technology.   X 
3. Follows the scientific literature, and the developments in his/her field, critically analyze, synthesize, interpret and apply them effectively in his/her research. X   
4. Can independently carry out all stages of a novel research project.  X  
5. Designs, plans and manages novel research projects; can lead multidisiplinary projects.   X 
6. Contributes to the science and technology literature.  X  
7. Can present his/her ideas and works in written and oral forms effectively; in Turkish or English. X   
8. Is aware of his/her social responsibilities, evaluates scientific and technological developments with impartiality and ethical responsibility and disseminates them. X   

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

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