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School of Electrical and Information Engineering University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg ELEN2005 Signals and Systems I Course Brief

f and Outline 2011 Academic Staff:

Ms Estelle Trengove Room CM3-234 011 717 7230

Course Background and Purpose

The content of Signals and Systems (Signals and Systems I and II) is considered basic electrical engineering science. Signals and Systems provides the student with the theoretical and mathematical foundations underpinning more specialized courses such as Automation and Control, Electrical Machines, Power Systems and Integrated Digital Communications. The emphasis of Signals and Systems I is on the analysis of continuous-time linear systems in the time and frequency domains. The follow-on course, Signals and Systems II, focuses on specific LTI systems for modulation and filtering, state space representation and discrete-time systems. Analysis of non-linear systems, and system synthesis and design are left to later courses.

Course Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, the student is capable of:

1. 2. 3. 4.

Distinguish linear, time-invariant (LTI) systems from other systems. Analyse LTI systems in the time and frequency domains. Describe both graphically and mathematically LTI systems. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the MATLAB software package, and particular knowledge of functionality related to the course material. 5. Select the most appropriate technique to solve a given problem and justify the selection of the technique. 6. Verify that the solution obtained to a particular problem is correct. 7. Present, argue and discuss the logic used to solve a particular problem to a small, problem-solving group.

Course Content

The content of this course is as per Rules & Syllabuses: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. The course is broken into two knowledge areas, which are separately examined, namely: 1. Systems, signals and time-domain techniques 2. The Laplace transform and s-domain techniques

ELEN2005 Course Brief and Outline

14 March 2011

Prior knowledge Assumed

The prerequisites and corequisites for this course are as per Rules & Syllabuses: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. The course relies heavily on the material covered in the first year Electric Circuits course and the first and second year Mathematics courses. The topics of partial fraction expansion, complex arithmetic, D-operators and Eulers identities, which are covered in first and second year Mathematics, are required by the Signals and Systems I course.


All submissions must be in strict accordance with the guidelines contained in the Schools Blue Book and the rules contained in the Schools Red Book. No exceptions will be considered. 5.1 Components of the Assessment

This is described in the Schools document entitled Application of Rule G.13 and Calculator Requirements on the School notice board. FCOM applies in this course for the knowledge areas listed in Section 3 of this document. 5.2 Assessment Criteria

No additional material may be brought into the tests or examinations. Where necessary, important formulae, such as those for Laplace transforms will be included in the test or examination paper. 5.3 Satisfactory Performance (SP) Requirements

Rule G.13 and the Schools documents entitled Application of Rule G.13 and Calculator Requirements and the Schools Red Book (see the School notice board) apply. Attendance of tutorials is not compulsory, but an attendance register will be taken and pre-examination consultations will only be granted to students who have attended tutorials faithfully. 5.4 Calculators in Examinations

See the Schools document entitled Application of Rule G.13 and Calculator Requirements on the School notice board.

ELEN2005 Course Brief and Outline

14 March 2011


Teaching and Learning Process

Teaching and Learning Approach

The lecturer will guide the learning process by: Steering students to the relevant course material. References to the relevant sections in the prescribed text are given. Course notes will be handed out on material that is not covered in the prescribed text. Highlighting important concepts. These will be explained and discussed, often through worked examples. Indicating the level of assessment through structured tutorials, problem sheets and examples from past exam papers.

Lectures should be seen as a forum for discussion of the course material. This requires lecturer-student interaction and participation of the student in small group activity in lectures and/or tutorials. Complete solutions to problems set will not be provided except for selected problems. Students are required to verify their solutions through alternative approaches, the use of MATLAB and peer learning. 6.2 Arrangements

Lectures: There will be 3 lectures per week. Students are expected to attend all lectures and to make their own notes. Tutorials: There will be one tutorial per week. Project: These is no course project. Laboratory: These are three MATLAB laboratories. The laboratory sheets will be made available beforehand on the course Facebook page for information purposes, but students are required to complete the copy of the sheet that is handed out during the laboratory session. Course demonstrators will assign marks for the laboratory sheets. These marks contribute to the course mark. Consultation: Consultations will be arranged at the request of students. To schedule a consultation, send an e-mail to the lecturer at Estelle.trengove@gmail.com, with subject line ELEN2005 consultation, and giving about three possible times for the consultation.

ELEN2005 Course Brief and Outline

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Information to Support the Course

Prescribed Text/Reading

The prescribed textbook for this course is: 1. Lathi B.P., Signals Processing and Linear Systems, International Edition, Oxford University Press, 2010. 2. Hanrahan, H.E. Electric Circuit Fundamentals, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, 2001 (or later reprint). 7.2 Other References 1. Charles K. Alexander and Mathew N.O. Sadiku, Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2003 2. Gabel R.A. and Roberts R.A. Signals and Linear Systems, 3ed, John Wiley and Sons, 1987. 3. Bobrow, L.S. Elementary Linear Circuit Analysis, 2ed, Saunders College Publishing, 1987. 4. Oppenheim A.V., Wilskey A.S. and Young I.T. Signals and Systems, Prentice Hall, 1983. 7.3 Course Home Page

You will need a Facebook account to access the course home page. An account can be set up at no cost at www.facebook.com. There is a Facebook group called ELEN2005 Signals and Systems I where all course information will be posted.
(Based CBO rev 2.0)

ELEN2005 Course Brief and Outline

14 March 2011