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ECX6241: Field Theory

Course Information Sheet 2016/2017

To provide an introduction to electromagnetism as an essential part of our understanding of
the natural universe.
To introduce applications of electromagnetic fields in communications.
To provide an understanding of the effects of electromagnetic fields on human health, and
other social effects.

Upon completion this course you will be able to
Apply the knowledge on vector fields in electromagnetic fields.
Gain the ability to derive the fields and potentials starting from first principles.
Ability to apply the theories of electromagnetic fields in electronics and communications.

MPZ4230 (Pass), MPZ5230 (Concurrently Registered)

Course Outline:
Session 1: Vector Analysis, Coordinate Systems and Transformations
Session 2: Line, Surface and volume integrals
Session 3: Divergence theorem and stokes theorem
Session 4: Coulombs Law
Session 5: Electric field and electric flux density
Session 6: Gauss's Law with Application
Session 7: Electrostatic Potential and Equipotential Surfaces
Session 8: Boundary conditions for Electrostatic fields
Session 9: Capacitance and Capacitors
Session 10: Electrostatic Energy and Energy Density
Session 11: Poisson's and Laplace's Equations
Session 12: Uniqueness Theorem
Session 13: Method of Images
Session 14: Electrostatic boundary value problem
Session 15: Current Density and Ohm's Law
Session 16: Electromotive force and Kirchhoff's Voltage Law
Session 17: Continuity Equation and Kirchhoff's Current Law
Session 18: Power Dissipation and Joule's Law
Session 19: Biot- Savart Law and its Applications

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Session 20: Ampere's Circuital Law and its Applications

Session 21: Magnetic Flux Density
Session 22: Magnetic Scalar and Vector Potentials
Session 23: Boundary Condition Magnetic Fields
Session 24: Inductance and Inductor
Session 25: Energy stored in Magnetic Field
Session 26: Faraday's Law of electromagnetic Induction
Session 27: Maxwell's Equation
Session 28: Boundary Conditions for Electromagnetic fields
Session 29: Time Harmonic Fields
Session 30: Fundamentals of Radiation
Session 31: Radiated field of an Herzian dipole
Session 32: Basic Antenna Parameters
Session 33: Half Wave Dipole Antenna
Session 34: Quarter Wave Monopole Antenna
Session 35: Small Loop Antennas
Session 36: Introduction to Antenna Arrays

There will be three home based assignments and a mini project. These should be prepared
individually although you are encouraged to form discussion groups and discuss the issues among
yourselves whenever possible. Plagiarism (that is, presenting other's work as your own) will not be
tolerated, and will be reflected in the grade of all parties involved.
There will be two Continuous Assessment Tests: CATs will be of the OPEN BOOK type, where you
would be allowed to refer any material during the test.
Final Examination will be of the conventional type where NO REFERENCE is allowed (Closed Book).

Mini Project: This is one of the main parts of the course. You are required to obtain a minimum of
40% to get the eligibility. This mini project will be required a good mathematical and analytical
knowledge on the subject and application of subject knowledge is tested. It might need Matlab
programming knowledge too.

Continuous Assessment:
The continuous assessment of the course would consist of five components, viz., the three
assignments (TMA), Mini Project (MP) and two CAT tests.

1B(TMA)*0.15+2B(TMA)*0.15+1B(CAT)*0.3+(MP)*0.4 >=40 and (MP)*1 >=40

For those who obtain a minimum of 40% in continuous assessment will be eligible to sit for the final

Final Mark:
Your overall performance will be based on the average of the continuous assessment and the final
examination, if you obtain a minimum of 40% at the final examination.

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Activity Schedule:
Day Schools, TMA due dates and Mini Project due dates: Information regarding dates and time for
all above activities is given in the activity diary.
There are two day schools for this course other than the introductory session. At this introductory
session, an introduction to the course will be provided. Also, a guide on how to answer the
assignments, how to do the mini project and course coordinators expectations will be provided as
well. So, please attend this first session without fail.

All day schools are held at the Colombo Regional Centre.

Academic Coordinator:
W.D.S.S. Bandara,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Kandy Regional Center,
The Open University of Sri Lanka, Polgolla.
Phone: 081-2494495-7 Ext:130

Communicating with the Academic Coordinator:

The academic coordinator resides in Kandy Regional Center and available in Colombo center on first
Monday of each month and some other dates. Those dates can be obtained by contacting him.
Emails are the most preferred way of communication and will be replied as soon as possible. Make
sure to email with the subject start as ECX6241: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

You can send the assignments to Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Open
University of Sri Lanka, P.O. Box 21, Nawala, Nugegoda or put to the drop box at the department.

Online Component (Moodle):

You can access the online component of the course through Login details will be
given at the introductory session and will be mailed to you once the registration is finished. This
place will be the virtual area that we all can come together. You can find the course details,
assignments, additional notes and many activities there.

Note: Once you registered for the subject please follow the link bellow and fill it with appropriate data.