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Course Overview

How can the dynamic behaviour of a mechanical mass-spring-damper system be similar to an electrical resistance-capacitance-inductance circuit? Motivated by this question, this course introduces the signals – systems framework that helps in describing the dynamic behaviour of systems for a variety of inputs (signals).  Useful analysis tools both in the frequency- and the time-domain are also introduced. In the later part of the course, these concepts will be used to understand basic signal processing in the form of both analog and digital filter design.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Sumeet Aphale

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

The syllabus includes the following topics:

1.       Signals: Classification, Properties, Basic Signal Construction, Sampling,  Time and frequency-domain representation, Convolution, auto and cross-correlation

2.       Systems: Classification, Properties, Impulse Response of LTI systems, LTI system response to arbitrary inputs, Revise Fourier and Laplace transforms, DFT, LTI systems in frequency domain

3.       Filters: A/D – D/A conversion, Quantization and Round-off, Noise classifications, Typical filter characteristics and specifications, FIR and IIR filters, Analog and Digital filter design

4.       Applications: RLC Circuit Analysis using Laplace Transforms, Phase Locked Loop

Further Information & Notes

Available only to students following an Honours degree programme.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Engineering (Electrical & Electronic)
  • Bachelor Of Engineering In Engineering Electronic & Software
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Electrical and Electronic)
  • Master Of Engineering In Elec & Electronic Eng W Renewabl En
  • Master Of Engineering In Electronic & Software Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Contact Teaching Time

52 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination paper (80%) and in-course assessment (20%). Resit: 1 three-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

The continuous assessment will be based on student performance during the lab sessions, the quality of the lab note-book as well as the submitted lab reports (10%) and assignment / tutorial submissions (10%).

Penalties for late or non-submission of in-course work are as follows:

(i)                  For late submission, 1 CAS mark will be deducted for each late day             
(including weekends)

(ii)                For non-submission, a CAS mark of 0 will be awarded

If late or non-submission is due to medical or other circumstances out-with your control you must submit a medical certificate or other formal evidence to the School Office as soon as is practicable but no later than the end of Revision Week.


  • Lab notebooks are returned with comments after the lab sessions
  • General feedback to all class is provided during and after each tutorial session. One-on-one discussion with student where requested or appropriate.
  • A general feedback will be uploaded on MyAberdeen for each of the assignments along with relevant solutions.
  • Students can email to make appointments and receive individual feedback on their assignments.
  • Generic exam feedback will be uploaded on MyAberdeen.
  • Students requesting individual feedback on their exam performance should make an appointment within 3 weeks of the publication of the exam results.



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