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ENSC3015 Signals and Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Biomedical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Electrical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
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.
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) class tests; and (3) an examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Roberto Togneri
Unit rules
(CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java or CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation) and (ENSC2002 Energy or ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals) and (MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods).
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; labs: 12 hours per semester

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

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