Courses Catalogue

Radar System Engineering And Design

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Telecommunications Engineering, Masters
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description


This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of radar system engineering. The radar range equation in its many forms is developed and applied to different situations. Radar transmitters, antennas, and receivers are covered. The concepts of matched filtering, pulse compression, and the radar ambiguity function are introduced, and the fundamentals of radar target detection in a noise background are discussed. Target radar cross-section models are addressed, as well as the effects of the operating environment, including propagation and clutter. MTI and pulsed Doppler processing and performance are addressed. Range, angle, and Doppler resolution/accuracy, as well as fundamental tracking concepts, will also be discussed.


At the end of this course, students will be able to:

1.      Describe the basic physical and technical solutions in radar systems for different purposes.

2.      Analyze the different assumptions, approaches, procedures and results related to engineering problems in practice radar system.

3.      Devise creative solutions in the design and development of radar equipment and systems.

4.      Conduct experiments and measurements in the laboratory and on actual components, devices, equipment, radar systems.

5.      Interpret the collected data and measurement results.

6.      Describe the development and application of radar systems.

7.      Examine radar equipment for the technical functionality.

8.      Participate in teamwork and self-present expert content


On completing this course, students are expected to:

1.      Demonstrate an understanding of the components of a radar system and their relationship to overall system performance, the radar operating environment and techniques used to confront it, and top level measures of performance.

2.      Understanding basic detection theory as applies to radar.

3.      Demonstrate ability to describe concepts of the matched filter, ambiguity functions, and other aspects of waveform and signal processor design.

4.      Analyze radar measurements, associated quality, and the fundamentals of radar tracking.