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Antennas and Wave Propagation

Module EI7308

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2016 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2016SS 2014

Basic Information

EI7308 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This module description is valid from SS 2014 to WS 2017/8.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 75 h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Antenna basics: Far-field and circuit properties;
Wave propagation: deterministic and empirical methods based on far-field considerations, ray-tracing including reflections and diffractions;
Electromagnetic concepts: Maxwell equations, Radiation from sources, Huygens' and reciprocity principles;
Utilization of electromagnetic concepts and nuermical methods for analysis and design of antennas;
Hertzian and Fitzgerald dipoles, wire antennas, aperture antennas, printed antennas, ultra-wideband antennas, antenna arrays, leaky-wave antennas;
Antenna applications;

Learning Outcome

At the end of the module students are able to understand the electromagnetic concepts describing antenna radiation and reception. They are able to analyze and design radio links. They understand working mechanisms of linear antennas, aperture antennas, ultra-wideband antennas, antenna arrays and leaky-wave antennas. They are able to evaluate antenna radiation properties by applying electromagnetic concepts and approximation methods. They know important antenna applications.


Vector analysis, theoretical principles of electrical engineering

The successful participation in the following modules is recommended:

- Höhere Mathematik
- Elektrizität und Magnetismus
- Elektromagnetische Feldtheorie
- Technische Felder und Wellen

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

Learning method:
In addition to the individual methods of the students consolidated knowledge is aspired by repeated lessons in excercises and tutorials.

Teaching method:
During the lectures students are instructed in a teacher-centered style. The tutorials are held in a student-centered style.

Additional project tasks for analysis and design of cicuits give the students the opportunity to apply their knowledge acquired during the lecture and the tutorials and to further deepen the understanding of the taught materials.


The following types of media will be used and also made available online:

- presentations
- lecture notes
- tutorial problems
- project tasks for analysis and design of amplifiers and oscillators
- downloads


- Balanis C.A.: Antenna Theory and Design, 3rd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2005
- Lo, Y.T., Lee, S.W.: Antenna Handbook, Vol. I,II,III, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1988

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The examination is adapted to the learning outcomes and consists of a written examination of 90 min duration.
In the written examination, students demonstrate by answering questions under time pressure and with limiited helping material (10 pages or 5 sheets of self-generated documentation, mathematical equation book, non-programmable pocket calculator) the theoretical knowledge of antennas and wave propagation. By solving analysis and design problems, they demononstrate the understanding of relevant physical effects and design principles.
During the semester, students get the opportunity to participate in voluntary project and design tasks, in which they can solve different analysis and design problems in more detail. These project tasks can be used to improve the final grade.

The final grade consists of the grade of the written exam (100%).

The overal grade for the project tasks will count with 20% of the final grade, if the average grade of the written exam (80%) and of the project task grade (20%) will lead to an improvement of the grade.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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