British Columbia Institute of


ELEX 7230 - Electromagnetism

Electrical and Computer Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

Course Details

This course covers the theory of electromagnetism, including field concepts, Maxwell's equations free space and guided wave propagation, transmission lines and radiation from simple structures. Application examples in high-speed circuit board design, ionosphere modeling, and antenna theory are included. Computer simulations are used to help students visualize the concepts presented in the course.


ELEX 7120





Fall 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2018 term.

CRN 33608

Tue Sep 04 - Tue Dec 04 14 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 04 - Dec 04 Tue 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SW01 Rm. 3190


Muhammad Ahmed

Course Outline




  1. Detailed schedule for the lectures and labs will be provided at the first class. Registrants who are not BTech Electronics students must have Program Head approval. Please contact Kelly Voros at 604-451-6892 or for more information or to be placed on a waitlist if the course is full. Note: BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a part-time studies course cancellation, you will be notified at least two business days prior to the course start. Please ensure that your contact information is current.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Solve electromagnetism problems using scalars and vectors.
  • Calculate line, surface and volume integrals.
  • Use rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems.
  • Use Coulomb's law, electric field and potential, and electric flux density and displacement to solve problems.
  • Calculate capacitance, resistance and power.
  • Calculate magnetic fields due to electric currents.
  • Use the motor and generator equations to build working models.
  • Solve problems using curl.
  • Derive and explain Maxwell's equations.
  • Explain and apply Coulomb's, Ohm's, Joules's, Ampere's, Faraday's, Lenz's, and Gauss's laws.
  • Derive equations for the characteristic impedance and propagation constant for transmission lines.
  • Carry out measurements of wavelength and impedance.
  • Perform impedance matching.
  • Apply field theory for propagation in a transmission line.
  • Understand and apply transmission line impedance formulae for energy, power, reflection coefficient and VSWR.
  • Derive impedance transformation formula for a transmission line.
  • Derive the Poynting vector formula.
  • Carry out single and double stub impedance matching using Smith chart.
  • Understand transients on transmission lines and draw a bounce diagram.
  • Understand space wave propagation, attenuation, polarization, reflection and refraction.
  • Make measurements at 10 GHz of plane wave propagation, reflection and refraction.
  • Explain dielectric hysteresis and dielectric loss.
  • Calculate skin depth.
  • Describe the difference between linear, circular, and elliptical polarizations.
  • Use Fresnel's equations for perpendicular and parallel polarizations at oblique incidence.
  • Describe basic antenna parameters including retarded potential.
  • Draw radiation pattern for a dipole.
  • Derive Friis's formula.
  • Calculate signal to noise ratio for a radio link.
  • Plot radiation pattern of antennae.
  • Describe critical angle, and theory of fibre optics.
  • Make measurements using optical fibres.
  • Calculate electromagnetic effects in high-speed digital systems.
  • Calculate signal to noise ratio for a radio link.

Effective as of Winter 2007

Related Programs

ELEX 7230 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Electronics
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology

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Fall 2018

Books for Fall 2018 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Burnaby Bookstore

If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.

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Electromagnetics (Op)
Author Kraus
Publisher Acc
Copyright 1999
Binding Spiral
ISBN 978-0-07289-969-6
Price $39.95

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Author Edminister
Publisher Mcg
Copyright 2014
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-0-07183-147-5
Price $25.95


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