ELEC3100 – Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Fields & Waves

Lecturer Dr Marco Antoniades
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty EAIT
Prerequisites ELEC2003 + MATH2000
Contact Hours 2 Lecture hours, 2 Tutorial hours, 1 Practical or Laboratory hour
Semester(s) Taught Semester 2
Course Units 2
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Total average


Learning Materials ( 87.5 )
Learning Activities ( 100 )
Blackboard Management ( 100 )
Course Content ( 90 )
Course Structure ( 100 )
Contact Availability ( 100 )
Course Difficulty ( 77.5 )

Reviews (2)

ELEC3100 – Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Fields & Waves 90.7

The course is split up into two sections: transmission line theory, and electromagnetics.

The transmission line theory part is quite simple and repetetive. Theres lots of equations and they're all very similar, so I reccomend making a formula sheet for yourself throughout the semester. Theres a lot of derivations and maths that you won't actually need to know for the exam, but it is useful for your understanding. The electromagnetics part of the course is a bit more difficult, and the maths also ramps up a bit, but the same general advice applies.

The assesed tutorials were VERY helpful. They make up a large portion of your marks and they actually help you learn. However, you need to be prepared to spend lots of time on them. It would normally take about 5 hours to do all of the questions for one week, so make sure you allocate enough time. Also, don't trust Chegg too much for them, it was wrong alot.

Some equations can only be found in the textbook and arent presented in class, which is VERY frustrating, so please get yourself an online copy of the textbook if you want to avoid pain.

The main downside is that the course is very theory heavy without much presentation of practical applications.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2017

Your program/major

BE/BSc (Electrical and biomedical and bioinformatics)

Is lecture attendance necessary?

I did this in a covid semester, but you do need to watch the lectures.

Is the textbook necessary?

Absolutely 100%

  • Tutorials are helpful
  • Aleks is a good lecturer
  • You need the textbook
  • Lots of theory and maths
Posted on November 23, 2020 8:18 am
ELEC3100 – Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Fields & Waves 96.4

The first part of the course (pre-midsem) is very straightforward if you just go to lectures and pay mild attention, you should be fine. The course picks up a bit in the latter part of the semester, and the content requires you to do some work outside of class, but it's worthwhile if you get into it. It helps to have friends in your class so you don't get overwhelmed with all the maths and stop doing work.

Aleks knows the content more naturally than how a duck knows to swim. He teaches the course very well and is able to answer any and all obscure questions that students can come up with, without missing a beat. Plenty of great materials available to all students: clear and thorough lecture slides in conjunction with detailed tutorial solutions. Great course.

Semester taken

Semester 2 - 2015

Your program/major


Is lecture attendance necessary?


Is the textbook necessary?

No, but it will solve all of your problems

  • Aleks is great
  • You will learn a lot
Negatives No negative points
Posted on January 9, 2016 6:44 pm

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