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ELEC5730: Foundations of Eng Electromagnetics (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC5730: Foundations of Eng Electromagnetics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Atai, Javid
Session options: Semester 1
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit introduces students to the broad spectrum of engineering electromagnetics and helps students to develop theoretical and analytical skills in the area of electrical and telecommunications engineering and develop understanding of the basic electromagnetic theory underpinning optical communications, wireless communications and electrical engineering.
Assumed Knowledge: Differential calculus, integral calculus, vector integral calculus; electrical circuit theory and analysis using lumped elements; fundamental electromagnetic laws and their use in the calculation of static fields.
Lecturer/s: A/Prof Atai, Javid
Timetable: ELEC5730 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 11
3 Independent Study 5.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Tutorial

Independent Study: Independent Study

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Students will learn how to analyze and solve problems related to the design of transmission lines as well as electrostatics, magnetostatics and propagation of EM waves in unbounded media Design (Level 3)
Students will gain an advanced knowledge on electromagnetic theory and priciples throughout the unit. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 3)
1. Proficiency in analysing and solving problems in electrostatics and magnetostatics by applying techniques, principles and methodology presented in the course.
2. Proficiency in applying Maxwell's equations to solve specific engineering problems.
3. Proficiency in calculating the effects of the material parameters on the propagation of plane waves.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
4. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of wave propagation in transmission lines to the extent of the course work presented.
5. Ability to apply Gauss's Law, Coulomb's Law and Poisson's Equation to calculate fields and potentials of topic specific engineering problems.
6. Ability to describe the interaction between time-varying electric and magnetic fields and how this interaction leads to Maxwell's equations.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 15.00 Week 6 4,
2 Assignment No 15.00 Week 11 1,
3 Final Exam No 70.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Assignment

Assignment: Assignment

Final Exam: Examination
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction
Week 2 Transmission Lines I
Week 3 Transmission Lines II
Week 4 Transmission Lines III & Vector Algebra
Week 5 Vector Calculus
Week 6 Electrostatics I
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 7 Electrostatics II & III
Week 8 Electrostatics III (cont'd.)
Week 9 Magnetostatics
Week 10 Maxwell's Equations
Week 11 Plane-Wave Propagation I
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 12 Plane-Wave Propagation II and Antennas
Week 13 Revision
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 3) Yes 50.01%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 50.01%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.