• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rodney Kennedy
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course presents the principles, theory and techniques fundamental to the analysis and design of continuous time and discrete time signal processing systems. The concepts are illustrated with examples from circuit theory, signal processing, bio-medical engineering, communications, etc. The course has three hardware laboratories using the Telecommunications Instructional Modelling System (TIMS) and one computer laboratory based around MATLAB.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the end of the course you'll have a good grounding in signals and systems, you will be able to classify diff erent types of systems, and you will master the frequency domain or Fourier techniques to analyze linear time-invariant systems.

  •  Understand continuous time and discrete time signals; power and energy
  •  Understand the notion of a system and their interconnections
  •  Understand the notion of mechanical, thermal and electrical analogies
  •  Understand the fundamental notions of causality, linearity, time invariance and stability
  •  Understand convolution and the notion of an impulse response
  •  Understand Fourier Series and eigen-functions of linear time-invariant systems
  •  Understand Fourier Analysis and Synthesis; continuous time Fourier transform and discrete time Fourier transform
  •  Understand the notion of a frequency response
  •  Understand low-pass, band-pass, high-pass fi lters and sinc functions
  •  Understand sampling, the Sampling Theorem, aliasing and the Nyquist rate
  •  Understand continuous time processing via sampling and digital processing

Indicative Assessment

  •  18% - Assignments: 3 assignments, each worth 6%
  •  12% - Labs: 3 hardware labs and one computer lab, each worth 3%
  •  20% - Quiz (Mid-semester exam)
  •  50% - Final Exam

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24 one-hour lectures, 4 three-hour labs and 6 one-hour tutorials

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2218.

Prescribed Texts

Signals & Systems by Alan V. Oppenheim, Alan S. Willsky, with S. Hamid Nawab.




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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2952
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2850
2008 $2592
2007 $2298
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $2190
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2005 $3534
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7138 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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