Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dynamic Systems and Signals 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Systems and Control Engineering

DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces the basic principles of dynamic systems and signals. By means of the Fourier series and Fourier transform representations, the student is provided with theoretical knowledge for the analysis of systems and signals in the frequency domain. The unit also provides the student with graphical techniques for plotting the frequency response of a system. Throughout the unit, the student is exposed to the use of MATLAB for signal analysis and simulation of dynamic systems.

Study-unit Aims:

1. To provide a basic introduction to dynamic systems and signals, including representation of signals and signal functions in the time domain.
2. To provide the mathematical tools to represent signals in the frequency domain.
3. To analyse systems in the frequency domain and use Bode diagrams to plot the frequency response of a system.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. Describe and analyse signals in the time domain in order to determine the output of a system given a particular input;
2. Represent periodic signals using Fourier series representations;
3. Represent non-periodic signals using Fourier transform and demonstrate how Fourier transform properties can be used for this purpose;
4. Analyse systems in the frequency domain and plot the frequency response of theses systems using Bode diagrams.

2. Skills:

1. Given a graphical representation of the signal, the student will be able to represent this signal with a time domain function and find the output of a system if this signal is fed as an input;
2. The student would also be able to represent this time domain signal in the frequency domain using the Fourier series or the Fourier transform;
3. Finally, given the transfer function of a system, the student will be able to plot its frequency response using Bode diagrams.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Mrinal Mandal, Amir Asif, "Continuous and Discrete Time Signals and Systems", 1st Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2007.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Practicum & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Report SEM2 No 15%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 85%

LECTURER/S Tracey Camilleri

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