ELEC ENG 4065 - Avionic Sensors & Systems

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

Radar principles: Key components of a radar system; adar range equation, Radar cross-section, Scattering propagation; Radar waveforms; Range and Doppler measurement; Scattering coefficients beamforming and angular measurements; Primary and secondary radars; Airborne weather radars and altimeters; Synthetic aperture radar; Airborne early warning radars. Antennas and electromagnetic compatibility: Typical aircraft antennas (frequencies, realization, operation principles); Integration (antenna placement, radomes); Emission & immunity; Coupling mechanisms; Testing; Portable electronic devices. Flight Control: Aircraft kinematics and dynamics; Control subsystems and sensors; Linear systems and gain scheduling; Frequency domain systems; State Space Systems; Boeing 747 flight control; Contrast between commercial and military aircraft. Optical communications and sensors: Properties of short length optical fibres; RF to optical conversion; Fibre optic gyroscopes.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 4065
    Course Avionic Sensors & Systems
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 2007, Fourier transforms, Matlab, basic electromagnetics
    Biennial Course Offered in even years
    Assessment Examination: 70%, Assignments & Quizzes: 30%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Emeritus Professor Michael Liebelt


    • Professor Derek Abbott (Optical Communications and Sensors)
    • Dr Withawat Withayachumnankul (Antennas and Electromagnetic Compatibility)
    • Associate Professor Cheng Chew Lim (Flight Control)
    • Dr Tony Zyweck (Radar)

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    After completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1     Understand the key principles and components of modern airborne radar systems
    2 Understand the constraints on the design of antennas used on modern aircraft and the
    properties of different antenna types
    3 Understand the electromagnetic compatibility issues that arise with the integration of multiple electronic and electromagnetic systems into modern aircraft and the design and implementation strategies that are used to minimize them
    4 Apply mathematical models of the dynamic behavior of aircraft to design automatic control systems for aircraft flight control
    5 Understand the different requirements and design parameters for flight control systems of aircraft of different types
    6 Understand the physical and optical properties of optical fibres and how they are used in communications and sensors on modern aircraft

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture notes and/or copies of slides will be made available through MyUni. There are no other required resources.
    Recommended Resources
    Reference books:
    G. W .Stimson, Introduction to Airborne Radar, SciTech Publishing. ISBN: 1891121014
    G. Morris and L. Harkness, Airborne Pulsed Doppler Radar, Artech House. ISBN: 9780890068670
    G. F. Franklin, J. D. Powell and A. Emami-Naeini, Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems, Pearson, Ed. 6. ISBN: 9780136019695
    R. C. Dorf and R. H. Bishop, Modern Control Systems, Pearson Prentice-Hall, Ed. 11. ISBN-13: 9780136024583
    R. McShea, Test and Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics and Weapons Systems, Scitech Publishing, 2010. ISBN 9781891121906.
    Online Learning
    Extensive use will be made of the MyUni web site for this course, https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login

    Course notes, tutorial problems and solutions, laboratory exercises and practice problems will all be available for downloading from the web site. Where the lecture theatre facilities permit, audio or video recordings of lectures will also be available for downloading.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Tutorials supplement the lectures by providing exercises and example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through lectures. Continuous assessment activities provide the formative assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact hours Workload hours
    Lecture 33 lectures 33 132
    Tutorials 6 tutorials 6 12
    Assignment 1 0 10
    TOTALS 39 154
    Learning Activities Summary
    Activity Sessions Week Topic
    Lecture 1-6 2-3 Optical Communications and Sensors
    7-15 4-6 Antennas and Electromagnetic Compatibility
    16-24 7-9 Flight Control
    25-33 10-12 Radar Principles
    Tutorial 1 3 Optical Communications and Sensors
    2 5 Antennas and Electromagnetic Compatibility
    3 7 Antennas and Electromagnetic Compatibility
    4 9 Flight Control
    5 11 Flight Control
    6 12 Radar Principles
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment activity Type Weighting Due date Learning outcomes addressed
    Assignments Summative 30% End of week 11 4, 5
    Exam Summative 70% To be advised 1, 2, 3, 6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The examination is a hurdle requirement. It is necessary to achieve at least 40% in the exam. If this is not achieved, the total course mark will be limited to a maximum of 49.

    A hurdle requirement is defined by the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs policy as "...an assessment task mandating a minimum level of performance as a condition of passing the course.
    If a student fails to meet a hurdle requirement (normally no less than 40%),and is assigned a total mark for the course in the range of 45-49, then the student is entitled to an offer of additional assessment of some type. The type of assessment is to be decided by the School Assessment Review Committee when determining final results. The student’s final total mark will be entered at no more than 49% and the offer of an additional assessment will be specified eg. US01. Once the additional assessment has been completed, this mark will be included in the calculation of the total mark for the course and the better of the two results will apply. Note however that the maximum final result for a course in which a student has sat an additional assessment will be a “50 Pass”.

    If a student is unable to meet a hurdle requirement related to an assessment piece (may be throughout semester or at semester’s end) due to medical or compassionate circumstances beyond their control, then the student is entitled to an offer of replacement assessment of some type. An interim result of RP will be entered for the student, and the student will be notified of the offer of a replacement assessment. Once the replacement assessment has been completed, the result of that assessment will be included in the calculation of the total mark for the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Details of individual assessment tasks will be provided during the semester.
    All written submissions to formative assessment activities are to be submitted to designated boxes within the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering by 3:00pm on the specified dated and must be accompanied by a signed cover sheet. Copies of blank cover sheets are available from the School office in 3.26.

    No late submissions will be accepted . All formative assessments will have a two week turn-around time for provision of feedback to students.
    Full details can be found at the School policies website:
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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