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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 analogue and digital filter design.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Sumeet S 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

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 9 - 18, 10 - 19
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 18, 10 - 19

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Homework assignment (30%)

Lab report (30%)

Design Exercise (40%)


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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