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ELEN427 - Radar Systems Theory

Course Details

Course Code: ELEN427 Course ID: 4611 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an in-depth coverage of the theory of radar and RF signal propagation, transmission, and reception. Topics covered include the radar range equation; antenna patterns; target cross section; system losses; calculation of signal-to-interference ratios; detection probability; target scintillation; main lobe and side lobe clutter; and moving target indicator (MTI) and pulse Doppler processing. Radar system hardware including transmitters, receivers, and antennas will be introduced and system block diagrams created. Classification of radar types into search, track, or mapping systems will be discussed. NOTE: This course requires the student to purchase additional materials that are not covered by the book grant. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details. (Prerequisite: ELEN420)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 08/25/19 Spring 2019 Session K 16 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 12/22/19 Summer 2019 Session C 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing the course, the student should be able to accomplish these Learning Objectives (LO):

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of radar theory.
  2. Analyze various radar system design approaches.
  3. Explain the concepts of moving target indicator (MTI) and pulse Doppler.
  4. Calculate the radar range equation to meet a given radar system requirement.
  5. Classify the various types of radar systems and characterize their limitations, including early warning, target acquisition, target tracker, surface search, air intercept, navigation, and missile guidance radar.
  6. Draw a basic radar block diagram and discuss the role of each part of the system.

Instructor announcements: Weekly announcements will appear on Monday of each week in the online classroom. This announcement will also be e-mailed to each student. The announcement will discuss the assignments for the week along with any other pertinent information for the week.

This is an upper-level course; all students’ work is to be presented as such in terms of quality and content. The grading system will be based on your participation in the forums (12.5% of your total grade), homework assignments (25% of your grade), lab work (25% of your total grade) and three exams (37.5% of your grade).

Reading Assignments: Please refer to the Course Outline section of this syllabus for the weekly reading assignments.

Week 1 Introduction: Within 10 days of course start, each student must log into the classroom and introduce him- or herself to the class. This is a required assignment and your introduction is due by Sunday of Week 1. Your response must be 250-300 words (a requirement) and include the following information.

  1. Your name
  2. Your university major or program
  3. Where you are in the program of study
  4. Your academic goals, to include why you are taking this class
  5. Information that you would like to share about yourself

Forums: The weekly discussion forum is for students to post their questions on course content for that week. This forum should not be used to discuss specific test questions prior to receiving feedback from the instructor (after the test is graded). If there is a question on a specific question, find a similar problem in the book and ask a question on that problem or concept. Asking specific questions on test questions creates an unfair advantage and defeats the purpose of the assessment tool. Specific topics will occur throughout the course and will require critical thought/research for your input – be sure to keep up with ongoing discussions! Discussion Board posting are graded at the end of the session and will constitute 12.5% of your final grade,

Homework Assignments: There will be homework assignments during the course worth a total of 25% of your total grade. Each assignment will cover one or more chapters in the book used in this course. For all problems requiring mathematical calculations, all work must be shown.

Lab: There will be lab work assigned throughout the course. Labs will count for a total of 25% of your grade.

Exams: There will be three exams worth 37.5% of your final grade. Each exam will be worth 100 points. Exams will be open book, open note tests. Exams will be administered without a proctor. Students must complete the numbered exam by the end of the week indicated in the schedule.

NameGrade %
Lab Work 25.00 %
Lab Status Report #1 1.25 %
Lab Status Report #2 1.25 %
Lab Status Report #3 1.25 %
Lab Status Report #4 1.25 %
Lab Status Report #5 1.25 %
Lab Status Report #6 1.25 %
Lab Status Report #7 1.25 %
Lab Status Report #8 1.25 %
Lab Status Report #9 1.25 %
Lab Status Report #10 1.25 %
Lab Final Report 12.50 %
Forums 12.50 %
Introduction 1.25 %
Week 2 Forum 1.25 %
Week 4 Forum 1.25 %
Week 6 Forum 1.25 %
Week 8 Forum 1.25 %
Week 9 Forum 1.25 %
Week 10 Forum 1.25 %
Week 12 Forum 1.25 %
Week 14 Forum 1.25 %
Week 15 Forum 1.25 %
Assignments 25.00 %
Week 1 HW 1.92 %
Week 2 HW 1.92 %
Week 3 HW 1.92 %
Week 4 HW 1.92 %
Week 6 HW 1.92 %
Week 7 HW 1.92 %
Week 8 HW 1.92 %
Week 9 HW 1.92 %
Week 10 HW 1.92 %
Week 12 HW 1.92 %
Week 13 HW 1.92 %
Week 14 HW 1.92 %
Week 15 HW 1.92 %
Exams 37.50 %
Exam I 12.50 %
Exam II 12.50 %
Exam III 12.50 %
Book Title: Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author: Richards
Publication Info: SciTech
ISBN: 9781891121524
Book Title: Additional required items are available to order from the APUS Bookstore. If you buy these items from other vendors, you may not receive all the parts you need for your course. These items (as noted) are not covered by the APUS Book Grant.
Author: N/A
Publication Info: N/A
ISBN: N/A
Book Title: MATLAB and Simulink Student Suite-Not covered by the APUS Grant - available to purchase at https://www.mathworks.com/store/link/products/student/SV?s_tid=ac_buy_sv_but1_2
Author:
Publication Info:
ISBN: NTMO
Book Title: NI Student Software Suite - access instructions provided inside the classroom
Author: National Instruments
Publication Info: National Instruments
ISBN: 779252-3501
Book Title: Radar Kit - purchase from list provided by Instructor. This item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant.
Author:
Publication Info:
ISBN: Note
Book Title: To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #. You must be logged in to eCampus first to access the links.
Author: N/A
Publication Info: N/A
ISBN: N/A
Book Title: Dual-band Vertical Antenna - students should purchase two antennas. This item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant.
Author: National Instruments.
Publication Info: National Instruments
ISBN: 783642-01

Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #. You must be logged in to eCampus first to access the links.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9781891121524
Author:Richards
Unit Cost:$140.52
Book Title:MATLAB and Simulink Student Suite-Not covered by the APUS Grant - available to purchase at https://www.mathworks.com/store/link/products/student/SV?s_tid=ac_buy_sv_but1_2
ISBN:NTMO
Electronic Unit Cost:$99.00
Book Title:Radar Kit - purchase from list provided by Instructor. This item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant.
ISBN:Note
Unit Cost:$500.00
Book Title:NI Student Software Suite - free access provided inside the classroom; if DVD is needed, purchase instructions are available here: https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/239701 (DVD not covered by the APUS Book Grant)
ISBN:779252-3501
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$63.00
Book Title:Dual-band Vertical Antenna - students should purchase two antennas. This item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant.; purchase instructions are available here: https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/239701
ISBN:783642-01
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments.
Unit Cost:$83.64

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.