• Class Number 6973
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Prasanga Samarasinghe
    • Dr Huiyuan Sun
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
    • Jiarui Wang
    • Shaoheng Xu
SELT Survey Results

Digital Signal Processing (DSP) has become over the years an important tool with applications in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering fields. DSP has penetrated many domains of applications, such as digital communications, medical imaging, audio & video systems, consumer electronics, robotics, remote sensing, finance, etc.

The Discrete-Time Signal Processing paradigm is a convenient setting to analyse the basic principles of DSP. At the end of this course, the students should be able to understand these basic principles, and apply fundamental algorithms and methods to analyse and design discrete-time systems for modern DSP applications. Though the course will focus on the study of theoretical concepts, methods and algorithms, the student will be confronted with application and implementation issues, through various examples and assignments requiring personal computer work including processing of real-world signals.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse and evaluate the properties of LTI systems in terms of z-transforms.
  2. Understand the sampling theorem and perform sampling on continuous-time signals by applying advanced knowledge of sampling theory (i.e. aliasing, quantisation errors, pre-filtering).
  3. Apply the concepts of all-pass and minimum-phase systems to analyse LTI systems and address complex design problems.
  4. Evaluate design problems related to frequency selective processing and design FIR/IIR filters.
  5. Construct systems for spectral estimation of real signals by applying advanced knowledge of Fourier techniques.
  6. Judge implementation aspects of modern DSP algorithms.
  7. Apply the relevant theoretical knowledge to design and analyse a practical discrete-time signal system, such as a radar, image, speech, audio, bio-medical or wireless system.

Examination Material or equipment

Calculator (non-programmable)

Recommended Textbook: A.V. Oppenheim & R.W. Schafer, “Discrete-Time Signal Processing”, New International Edition (3e), Pearson, 2013. 

Another useful resource is the MIT open Courseware: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-341-discrete-time-signalprocessing-fall-2005/

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class

Student Feedback

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Other Information

Textbook Chapters

The chapters 2-10 will be covered except for the content being covered by ENGN2228 and other materials. The course will include the following contents:

  • Chapter 2: 2.0-2.9
  • Chapter 3: 3.0-3.7
  • Chapter 5: 5.0-5.7.1
  • Chapter 4: 4.0-4.6 and 4.8
  • Chapter 8: 8.0-8.7
  • Chapter 6: 6.0-6.5 and 6.7-6.8
  • Chapter 9: 9.0-9.5
  • Chapter 7: 7.0-7.5
  • Chapter 10: 10.0-10.3

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Introduction. Fourier Transform of discrete-time signals.
2 Fourier Transform of discrete-time signals. z-Transforms.
3 z-Transforms. Tutorial quiz 1 due
4 Transform Analysis of LTI systems. Tutorial quiz 2 due, tutorial quiz 1 mark release, DSP project release
5 Transform Analysis of LTI systems. Sampling of continuous time signals. Tutorial quiz 3 due, tutorial quiz 2 mark release
6 Sampling of continuous time signals. DFT. Tutorial quiz 4 due, tutorial quiz 3 mark release. Mid-term exam.
7 DFT. Tutorial quiz 5 due, tutorial quiz 4 mark release
8 Structure of Systems. Tutorial quiz 6 due, tutorial quiz 5 mark release
9 Guest Lecture 1. FFT Algorithms. Tutorial quiz 7 due, tutorial quiz 6 mark release
10 Guest Lecture 2. Filter Design Techniques. Tutorial quiz 8 due, tutorial quiz 7 mark release
11 Filter Design Techniques. Fourier Analysis of Real Signals with DFT. Tutorial quiz 9 due, tutorial quiz 8 mark release DSP project due on Friday
12 Fourier Analysis of Real Signals with DFT. Course Review. Tutorial quiz 10 due, tutorial quiz 9 mark release DSP project mark release on Friday
13 Examination. Tutorial quiz 10 mark release. Final examination

Tutorial Registration

Registration information available on Wattle

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Weekly Quiz 10 % * * 1,2,3,4
Mid-term Exam 20 % * * 1,2,3
DSP Project 30 % 21/10/2022 28/10/2022 2,4,5,6,7
Final Examination 40 % * * 1,2,3,4,5,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Weekly Quiz

Starting in Week 3, tutorials will include an in-class quiz, based on course topics and question set from the previous week. Typically, the quiz should take around 5-10 minutes. Students finish and submit the answer at the tutorial. Each quiz is worth 1% and there is a total of 10 quizzes. 

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Mid-term Exam

Exam Content: More information will be given closer to the mid-term exam.

Permitted Materials: Calculator (non-programmable).

Note: All major equations and tables will be provided in the mid-term exam. A summary sheet will be given closer to the mid-term exam.

Value: 20%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 21/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 28/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 2,4,5,6,7

DSP Project

This assessment requires students to apply DSP to audio or radar applications using Matlab. It is designed for applying advanced theoretical knowledge on practical systems, developing critical analysis ability, and transmitting solutions to complex problems, so as to meet AQF level 8 criteria for the Bachelor Honours Degree. Students have to score a minimum of 50% to pass this component.

Value: 30%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Final Examination

The final exam will cover all lecture material, plus all the tutorial and quiz questions.

Exam Structure: More information will be given closer to the final exam.

Permitted Materials:

  • Calculator (non-programmable).
  • One A4 page with notes on both sides.

Note: A summary sheet will be given closer to the exam.

Value: 40%

Academic Integrity

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Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Prasanga Samarasinghe

Research Interests

Dr Prasanga Samarasinghe

Dr Huiyuan Sun

Research Interests

Audio Signal Processing (Microphone and Loudspeaker arrays, Spatial audio recording and reproduction, Noise cancellation and Room acoustics)

Dr Huiyuan Sun

Friday 13:30 14:30

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Jiarui Wang

Research Interests

Jiarui Wang

Shaoheng Xu

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Shaoheng Xu

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