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ZUG2038 - Electromagnetic Theory

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 2, 2019 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 2, 2020 (Extended Programme)

8 credits, NQF Level 6


The module covers electrostatic, magnetostatic and electromagnetic fields and their use to create electromagnetic devices and systems. This study includes a mathematical description of the fields, an examination of the basic laws governing the generation of fields, and a study of interactions with dielectric and magnetic materials. Maxwell’s field equations are introduced. Application of electromagnetic fields in wireless transmission, transformers, electrical motors and generators are examined, as are electrostatic painting, magneto hydrodynamics and beam control in a synchrotron. Naturally generated fields such as the earth’s magnetic field and the electric fields causing lightning are also discussed.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1summarise underlying concepts and theory behind electric & magnetic fields and relate them to suitable applications
2interpret mathematics used in solving problems in electromagnetism
3describe electric and magnetic properties of materials
4evaluate the currents and voltages in distributed circuits
5compute forces caused by electromagnetic fields


Coursework assessment: 30%
Examination: 70%

Workload requirements

The module provides a theoretical basis for the study of the interaction of electrical and magnetic systems.There will be a combination of lectures that include interactive elements, tutorials in which students will do individual work and experiments that will be done in the laboratory by student teams. All outcomes will be assessed by means of tutorial work, assignment, class tests and final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Basics of Electrical and Optical Physics, Basic Mathematical Concepts, Advanced Mathematical Concepts


Differential and Integral Calculus, Advanced Differential and Integral Calculus