Upcoming course: Radar Systems Modelling (2014)

2 Jun 2014 - 15:30

The sixth course of 2014, looking at Radar Systems Modelling, will be presented from 23 to 27 June 2014. The presenters are Prof Mike Inggs (UCT), Dr Jaco de Witt (CSIR) and Mr Kumaran Naicker (CSIR). The course will be held at the CSIR in Pretoria.

Course code: EEE5112Z

Course Description

A practical course, which requires a sound knowledge of Radar Systems and Signal Processing, and which teaches you how to used that knowledge to synthesise the design of a system to a requirement. This skill is essential when involved with the design of a sensor, or when evaluating the usefulness of a sensor for specific applications. The approach taken is in two parts: firstly, we analyse an existing system, to predict and compare performance against advertised radar parameters, and thereafter, we design improvements to the system, based on practicals and project work by the student. The system considered is just one example of the broad field of radar, i.e. air traffic control radar, but the systems thinking is widely applicable.


This course requires students to have a good background in Mathematics, Physics, and computer programming, preferably at an Honours Level (4 years of study). Furthermore, the student should have completed courses in basic radar systems, as well as an introduction to radar signal processing (for example, the material of the Principles of Modern Radar Volume 1). The student will be introduced to many of the tools that can be used for radar system design, but time precludes an indepth exposure to these.

Course Format and Dates

The course is given in a five day, intensive format, followed by 5 further tutorial and seminar sessions over the weeks following the intensive session. These sessions are forums to discuss the ongoing project work. In addition, students may book appointments with the Course Convener and the Tutor.

The course Calendar is the governing document for planning: please monitor it frequently.

Course interaction is via the UCT Vula System. You will have access to this information once you have registered for the course. It is important that you provide your preferred email address (one that is checked frequently) for your Vula registration.

The assessment of this course is based on a two hour, written examination (55%), and a class mark (45%) based on two reports (5% and 40%). The major project report is split into two preparatory reports (10% together) and 30% for the main report. The 2 hour examination is closed book, i.e. no notes may be brought into the examination venue. Students are not expected to memorise any formulas: all formulas and pertinent information will be supplied on the examination paper. Students may write the examination in their home location, provided satisfactory supervision of the examination can be arranged in good time.

More information can be found in this PDF: EEE 5121Z (2014) – Microwave Components and Antennas – Course Handout.