Courses in 2014

The following courses were presented in 2014 (also see CPD – RED Brochure 2014).

Click on the titles of the various courses to learn more about them and about the respective presenters. You can also download the Course Handouts by clicking on the PDF icons.


1. Microwave Filters: Technologies and Practical Design

Download Course Handout: MW Filters 2014

Dates: 27-31 January 2014

Presenters: Prof Riana Geschke (UCT) and Dr Tinus Stander (University of Pretoria)

Course code: EEE5117Z/EEE5118Z

Description: This course presents a systematic progression of topics from specification and theoretical synthesis, CAD-assisted design and practical manufacturing techniques for microwave filters operating in the frequency ranges of typical radar systems.

Course content:

  • How to select filters for various applications according to specifications, frequency ranges, trade-offs between performance and size.
  • Filter technologies: planar filters on conventional substrates, multilayer design and packaging techniques (LTCC and LCP) including quasi-lumped element filters, machined waveguide filters and substrate integrated waveguide, and monolithically integrated filters.
  • Design methods for narrow-band, wide-band and multi-band filters.
  • Manufacturing techniques, design-for-manufacture considerations, tolerance analysis and repeatability.
  • Full-wave EM solvers and design tools for filter design and optimization.


2. Introduction to Radar

Download Course Handout: Intro to Radar 2014

Dates: 3-7 February 2014

Presenter: Prof Douglas Gray (University of Adelaide)

Course code: EEE5119Z

Description:  The principal aim of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental principles underlying radar systems and to enable them to understand and apply these principles to generic radar systems. The subject is specifically structured around these aims. On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • describe the main principles underlying radar systems.
  • understand the role of each component of a radar system.
  • use the radar equation to describe the performance of radar systems.
  • understand how target and environmental characteristics affect the choice of system design parameters.
  • describe and assess the relative advantages of different types of radars.


  • M.A. Richards, J.A.Scheer and W.A. Holm (Eds), Principles of Modern Radar –Basic Principles
  • G.W. Stimson, Introduction to Airborne Radar


3. Mathematics for Radar and Electronic Defence

Download Course Handout: Maths 2014

Dates: 3-7 March 2014

Presenter: Dr Pieter Uys (UCT)

Course code: EEE5108Z

Description:  This course provides a useful mathematical toolkit for the Radar and Electronic Defence Engineer. Emphasis is on practical calculation and useful ‘tricks of the trade’ rather than mathematical rigour. The textbook, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, E. Kreyszig (Wiley) (with many editions available but edition 9 preferred) is prescribed. Some notes are also made available to assist the student.

Specific course topics include (estimated number of lectures and acronyms shown in brackets):

  • Ordinary differential equations (7) (ODE)
  • Laplace transforms (3) (LT)
  • Fourier analysis (3) (FA)
  • Partial differential equations (2) (PDE)
  • Complex analysis (8) (CA)


4. Introduction to Electronic Defence (Electronic Warfare)

Download Course Handout: Electronic Defence 2014

Dates: 7-11 April 2014

Presenters: Ferdie Potgieter and Jacobus Vlok (CSIR)

Course code: EEE5120Z

Topics covered:

  • Electronic defence: threats, requirements and principles
  • Advanced radar threat
  • Modern electronic attack (EA) systems — architecture, types, and technology
  • EA against modern radar systems
  • Digital radio frequency memory
  • Electronic defence support
  • Expendables and decoy systems
  • Directed energy weapons and stealth technology
  • Applications of electronic defence


5. Fundamentals of Radar Signal and Data Processing

Download Course Handout: Radar Signal Processing 2014

Dates: 5-9 May 2014

Presenter: Dr Amit Mishra (UCT)

Course code: EEE5105Z

Course description: This course presents the principles and techniques fundamental to the operation of the signal processing found in a radar system. The course follows the recommended textbook very closely.

Specific course topics include:

  • Fundamentals of radar signals & signal processing
  • Threshold detection of radar targets
  • Constant false alarm rate detectors
  • Doppler processing
  • Radar measurements
  • Radar tracking algorithms
  • Fundamentals of pulse compression waveforms
  • Overview of radar imaging

Textbook: Principles of Modern Radar, Scitech Publishers


6. Radar Systems Modelling

Download Course Handout: Radar System Modelling 2014

Dates: 23-27 June 2014

Presenters: Prof Mike Inggs (UCT), Dr Jaco de Witt (CSIR) and Mr Kumaran Naicker (CSIR)

Course code: EEE5112Z

Description:  A practical course which requires a sound knowledge of Radar Systems and Signal Processing, and 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 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; 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


7. Microwave Components and Antennas

Download Course Handout: MW Components and Antennas 2014

Dates: 14-18 July 2014

Presenters: Prof Barry Downing (UCT) and Assoc Prof Daniel O’Hagan (UCT)

Course code: EEE5121Z

Description: This course presents the technology underlying the implementation of the RF and microwave parts of radar systems and microwave radio systems. Although digital components and signal processing are very important for modern systems, high performance RF and microwave components and antennas are key to overall system implementation.

Specific course topics include:

  • Overview of radar and microwave radio
  • Circuits and transmission lines
  • Microwave oscillators
  • Microwave amplifiers
  • PIN diodes in switches and limiters
  • Mixers and receivers
  • Antennas