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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EEL6368

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-04-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: For Electrical Eng - Elective. Not Repeatable. GC apprd 2/11/15. To USF Sys 2/27/15. Nmbr 6428 apprd as 6368. Effective 4/1/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5136 2014-11-03
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Electrical Engineering EN 2106000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Jessica Procko 8139746318

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    EEL 6368 RF/MW Power Amp Design

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 O - Other R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    RF/MW Power Amp Design
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections) 20



    EEL 6427

    Course Description

    The emphasis of this course is on microwave power amplifier design for hybrid and monolithic microwave integrated circuit implementations.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Most of our other microwave courses deal primarily with linear treatments. Successful power amplifier design requires grasping concepts of non-linear transistor behavior, non-linear models, clipping and other effects not taught elsewhere. Also, microwave PA designers continue to be in high demand in the industry.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 3 or more times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    MSEE – PhD preferred

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The goals of the course are to guide students to a working level of understanding about RF & Microwave power amplifier design including such topics as layout issues, non-linear simulation, power amplifier design theory, and broad-band matching techniques. The term project will have as its goal a fabrication ready design and layout of a MMIC or built and tested hybrid power amplifier design.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    After completing this course students should be able to:

    1. Have an appreciation for modern system applications of solid-state power amplifiers

    2. Be able to complete a basic microwave FET Power Amp Design

    3. Understand the difference between linear (small-signal) amplifier design and design to power and efficiency goals that require non-linear treatment.

    4. Understand how to use Non-linear FET Models to perform simulation-based power amplifier design.

    5. Appreciate the differences between different common operating classes for power amplifiers and design differences between the main classes.

    C. Major Topics

     System applications of solid-state power amplifiers

     Introduction to Microwave FET Power Amp Design

     Approximate Load-pull Contours and Elliptic Load-Lines

     High Power Transistors

     Non-linear FET Models

     Conventional High Efficiency Modes

     Combining Techniques, Push-Pull and Balanced Architectures

     Overdrive and Limiting Effects – Class A, F, and D

     Matching Techniques for Power, Bandwidth and Efficiency

     Overview of MMIC design principles and foundry requirements

     Thermal Effects and Reliability

     Switching Mode Amplifiers: Class D and E

    D. Textbooks

    S. C. Cripps, RF Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications, 2nd Edition, 2006, Artech House

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    PDF Papers posted on-line supplement text book readings.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Quizzes & Graded HW & CAD 33.33%; Exams (1) 33.33%; Term Project 33.33%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Quizzes & Graded HW & CAD 33.33%; Exams (1) 33.33%; Term Project 33.33%

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Make-up quizzes will not be accepted unless pre-arranged with good reason. A missed exam cannot be made-up unless pre-arranged.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Electrical Engineering MSEE/PhD

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