ECE2111 - Signals and systems - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Tom Drummond


Dr James Saunderson (Clayton)
Dr Maxine Tan (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


ENG1060 and (ENG1091 or ENG1005)


ECE2011Not offered in 2018


This unit provides foundations for the electrical engineering areas of control, signal processing and communications. The unit introduces concepts of continuous-time and discrete-time signals, their sampling and aliasing issues. Complex numbers, in particular, complex exponentials are introduced along with their representation as phasors, leading to periodic waveforms, Fourier series and the signal frequency spectrum. Modification of spectra will be described using FIR filters, discrete-time systems, the unit-sample response, discrete convolution, linear time-invariant systems, convolution integrals, the continuous-time Fourier transform, windowing, DFT, FFT, time-frequency spectrum analysis, spectrogram, and Laplace Transform. Connecting frequency response and time response completes the unit.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse and manipulate continuous-time and discrete-time signals using appropriate techniques.
  2. Evaluate and analyse signals in frequency and time domains.
  3. Analyse engineering systems by applying linear time invariant system concepts.
  4. Apply the Fourier transform, Laplace Transform, and the discrete Fourier transforms to signals and system problems.
  5. Recognise sampling errors and aliasing phenomena.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratories/tutorials and 6 hours of private study per week.

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