ELEC ENG 3033 - Signal Processing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

Discrete time (DT) signals; DT Linear Shift Invariant (LSI) systems; Fourier transforms; Fourier analysis for discrete time systems: DT Fourier series, DT Fourier transform, discrete Fourier transform, spectral leakage, frequency resolution, non-parametric spectral estimation. Digital filtering principles; Digital filter design; Statistical signal processing fundamentals; Practical signal processing skills in MATLAB; Applications example of digital signal processing: digital radio techniques.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 3033
    Course Signal Processing
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 2007, MATHS 2201, MATHS 2202
    Assessment Examination, Quizzes, Tutorials and Practical
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Brian Ng

    Course Co-ordinator & lecturer: Dr. Brian Ng
    Email: brian.ng@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: Ingkarni Wardli 3.35
    Phone: 8313 5054

    Lecturer: Assoc.Prof. Mathias Baumert
    Email: mathias.baumert@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: Ingkarni Wardli 3.31
    Phone: 8313 1616

    Administrative Enquiries: Office of the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Room 3.26, Level 3, Ingkarni Wardli
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 describe the process of sampling mathematically and articulate its benefits and limitations in modern engineering applications
    2 use and manipulate representations of discrete-time signals in both the time and frequency domains
    3 analyse and design discrete-time, linear shift-invariant (LSI) systems to manipulate discrete-time signals
    4 apply various techniques underpinned by z- and Fourier transforms for signal processing applications
    5 choose the most appropriate domain to perform processing, and switch fluidly between different domains
    6 describe the characteristics of stochastic signals and processes using statistical measures, and apply them to model real-world systems
    7 perform basic statistical spectrum analysis and apply them to the analysis of synthetic and real-world data in MATLAB
    8 write MATLAB code to perform signal processing functions in a team environment, to produce a high level product for real-world use

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5, 7, 8
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prandoni, Paolo and Vetterli, Martin, Signal Processing For Communications, EPFL Press, 2008. Free online version is available here.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended textbooks:
    • Oppenheim, Alan V. and Schafer, Ronald W. and Buck, John R., Discrete-Time Signal Processing, 2nd edition, Prentice-Hall, 1999, ISBN: 978-0-137-54920-7.
    • Proakis, John G. and Manolakis, Dimitris G., Digital Signal Processing, 4th edition, Prentice- Hall International, 2006, ISBN: 978-0-131-87374-2.
    • Bose, T., Digital Signal and Image Processing, Wiley 2004, ISBN: 978-0-471-32727-1.
    • Mitra, Sanjit K., Digital Signal Processing: A Computer-Based Approach, 2nd edition with DSP Laboratory using MATLAB, McGraw-Hill, 2002, ISBN 9780071226073.
    • Lathi, B. P., Linear Systems and Signals, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2005, ISBN: 978-0-19-515833-5.
    • Gilat, A., MATLAB: An Introduction with Applications, 2nd edition, Wiley 2004, ISBN: 978-0-471-69420-5.
    Online Learning
    This course uses MyUni exclusively for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignment papers, sample solutions, discussion boards, strongly recommended that the students make intensive use of these resources for this course.

    Link to MyUni login page: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course uses a conventional lecture/tutorial delivery of material. Students are expected to spend time outside of these to attain the learning outcomes.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    There will be up to 42 contact hours throughout the course. Students are expected to spend approximately 100 hours of private study, preparing for tutorials, tests and exams. The project component is expected to take approximately 15 hours.
    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Tutorials (fortnightly) 10 Group Formative 2,4,6,8,10,12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Tests 20 Individual Summative 6,11 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
    Project 15 Group Formative 12 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
    Exam 55 Individual Summative Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    Feedback from 2015 SELTs (plans for 2016 in italics):
    - project achieved signficant learning and made a positive contribution to the learning experience. In 2016, the project will continue to be part of the course, and it will be tweaked to further broaden its appeal and usefulness. It will also be more integrated with the lecture course.
    - the part on stochastic signal processing needs improvement. Refresh the lecture contents, with greater emphasis on practical need for this material in real-world problems
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