TEK5150 – Radar - Systems and Signal Processing

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course gives an introduction to how a radar functions, and especially to the digital signal processing used in modern systems. The most important processes for the radar’s performance will be covered, including propagation and reflection of electromagnetic radiation, the radar equation, waveforms, array antennas, Doppler processing, and detection theory. Through exercises using modern numerical tools, you will gain practical experience with numerical methods for digital signal processing and calculation of radar performance.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you:

  • Know how radar is built and understand the principles of behavior.
  • Have a basic understanding of how radar signals propagate through a medium, and the mechanisms for signal reflection from the target and unwanted reflections, known as "clutter".
  • Understand the basic signal processing carried out on a radar.
  • Can estimate the performance of a radar based on parameters provided, for example at what distance the radar will be able to detect targets of a given size.
  • Are able to assess what type of radar is suitable for which task, that is, choice of waveforms, frequency bands, etc.
  • Can use numerical tools to calculate radar performance and to simulate the signal processing in a radar.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

The course is based on basic mathematics, including calculations with complex numbers, basic Fourier analysis, and probability theory. The exercises are based on modern numerical tools, such as Python, MATLAB, Octave, IDL or similar, and students with no experience with at least one such tool must expect extra effort here.

Individual courses that provide useful background knowledge, but are not necessary in order to benefit from the course, are MAT1100 – Calculus, MAT1110 – Calculus and Linear Algebra, MAT-INF1100 – Modelling and Computations, INF1100 – Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued) and FYS1120 – Electromagnetism.

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of exercises each week throughout the semester. The distribution of lectures and exercises may vary during the semester.

One mandatory assignment must be approved before you can sit the final exam.


Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade. In case of many students, the final exam may be written.

One mandatory assignment must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: TEK9150 – Radar - Systems and Signal Processing, UNIK4361 – Radar - systems and signal processing (continued), UNIK9361 – Radar - systems and signal processing (continued)

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed for the oral exam. If the exam will be written, in case of a large number of students, an approved calculator (only in Norwegian) may be used.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 1, 2020 1:18:58 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)