Radar and Electro-Optic Systems 4 ENG4185

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces the engineering principles behind radar based systems and electro-optical systems for remote sensing and target tracking, and how their performance is enhanced by signal processing and filter design.


2 lectures per week

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements

Basic control theory

Basic Communications systems theory

Excluded Courses

ENG5072 Radar and Electro-Optic Systems

SIT4043 Radar and Electro-Optic Sys 4S




100% Examination

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to introduce the engineering principles behind radar based systems and electro-optical systems for remote sensing and target tracking, and to show how their performance is enhanced by signal processing and filter design.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ describe principles of basic radar operation including measurement of range, direction and velocity and assess their limitations;

■ explain how pulse compression, matched filters and signal processing are used to improve performance;

■ justify the use of Kalman filtering and understand the fundamental equations;

■ describe advanced radars such as synthetic aperture radar;

■ describe the different types and functions of electro-optic systems used on aircraft and assess their limitations;

■ specify requirements on control systems for electro-optic applications.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.