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Further Information - Radar Basics - Technical Background Training


Who is the course for?

Officers who are looking for an easy to follow supplement or refresher to their radar and ARPA courses and any other crewmember that requires an understanding of the general features of radar.

Is previous experience required?

No previous experience is required to complete this course.

How will the course benefit me?

By providing you with technical background knowledge to ensure that you understand the both the potential and limitations of radar and ARPA equipment.

How will the course benefit my company?

By ensuring that personnel understand both the potential and limitations of radar and ARPA equipment in order to ensure safe operations on board.

What standards are referenced in the course?

IMO Radar Performance Standards (IMO (2004): Res.MSC.192(79)

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Recommendations (ITU (200): Rec.ITU-R.M.1313-1)

Is there an assessment?

Once you have completed the course, you will be asked a series of questions to check your knowledge and understanding. These are based on the learning objectives for the course and have a pass mark of 70%.

Learning Objectives

• Explain the different parts of a marine radar system and the physical principles that they are based on

• Describe how different factors and settings affect the displayed radar targets

• Give examples of possible failures and how these can be overcome


Exam in the e-learning course

System Requirements

• Internet access - users will need a device with a web browser and internet connection

• System - runs on computers, tablets and mobile devices using Windows 7 and above and MAC OS devices running IOS 11 and above

• Browsers - Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari

• Minimum browser size - none

• Audio - requires device speaker or headphones