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Unit Overview


This unit covers the fundamentals of signal and system analysis, focusing on dynamical systems in time and frequency domains, transforms (Laplace, Fourier and Z) used in the analysis and design in signals and systems, sampling and reconstruction of signals, and analog and digital filters. Applications are drawn broadly from engineering including feedback and control, and communications and signal processing.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an ability to work in a professional engineering capacity; (2) apply time-domain concepts and methods of analysis—impulse response and convolution to signals and systems; (3) apply frequency-domain concepts and methods of analysis—Laplace, Z, and Fourier transforms to signals and systems; (4) model complex systems using block diagrams; (5) analyse sampling and reconstruction of signals; and (6) apply simulation tools to predict time and frequency domain behaviour of systems.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories; (2) quiz tests; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Lu Jin
Unit rules
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
or MATX1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
and ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
ENSC3015 Signals and Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
practical classes: 1 hour per week
laboratories: 12 hours per semester

Haykin, S. and Van Veen, B. Signals and Systems, 2nd edn: John Wiley & Sons 2005

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