Course Title: EE 383 Analytic Methods of Discrete Time & Multivariable Signals & Systems

ABET Course Description: This course focuses on discrete-time signals and systems, sampling techniques, Z and discrete Fourier transforms, multivariable systems. Introduction to digital signal processing. Though some techniques from the continuous-time domain map to this course, important and practical differences between continuous-time and discrete-time systesm are highlighted. As a result, students are prepared for real-world realities involved in modern signal processing that leads to data acquisition, filtering and controls. In this course students performe discrete-time and frequency domain analysis, analyze the A/D process, develop the discrete Fourier transform, develop the Z-transform and implement basic FIR and IIR filters.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Perform time-domain analysis of linear time-invariant systems; in particular, determine the impulse response for discrete time systems and evaluate the convolution sum.
  • Sample and quantize an analog signal to produce a digital signal and understand the sources of error that can arise from the A/D process.
  • Represent discrete-time signals as a sum of complex exponentials.
  • Develop the discrete Fourier transform and use it to approximate the Fourier transform of continuous time signals
  • Analyze signals and LTI systems using z-transforms
  • Implement basic FIR and IIR filters.

Required Text:

  • Lathi, B. P. (1998). Signal processing and linear systems. Berkely-Cambridge.

Suggested Resources:

  • Hsu, H. P. (2014). Schaum’s outline of signals and systems. McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Jaeger, R. C., & Blalock, T. N. (1997). Microelectronic circuit design 3rd New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Oppenheim, A. V., Willsky, A. S., Nawab, S. H., & Ding, J. J. (1997). Signals and systems. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice hall.
  • TI-89 Calculator (Or equivalent ACT-approved calculator i.e. TI-Nspire CAS)
  • MATLAB, Octave, SciPy/NumPy
  • LTSPICE or similar SPICE software

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Prerequisites: Directly - EE 213 (Electric Circuit Analysis I), Latently - Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Chemistry I, Physics II, Logic Circuits

A note on prereq material: Electronics courses build heavily on previously mastered skills acquired through significant practice in regards to pre-engineering STEM courses and electronic circuit analysis. There can be growing pains as developing engineers transition from demonstrating prereq knowledge in their respective prereq courses and actually applying the prereq knowledge to design and analyze real-world electronic circuits. Some additional thoughts (tutorial support) that may help with ‘connecting the dots’ between undergraduate circuits-related courses and first-time, university-level electronics courses can be found here.

Suggested ‘second-nature’ skills from prerequisite courses:

  1. Basic engineering mathematics:

solving systems of equations, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, complex numbers, rational functions, complex exponential-sinusoidal function relationship

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Notional Schedule of Topics & Assignments:

Meeting Topics Covered Course Objectives
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Lec. 02: Signals & Amplifiers I Analyze circuits
Hierarchy, fundamentals review
Lec. 03: Signals & Amplifiers II Analyze circuits
Module 02: Ideal Operational Amplifiers HW 2
Lec. 04: Ideal Op Amps I Analyze circuits
Inverting, noninverting, difference, & inst. amplifiers
Lec. 05: Ideal Op Amps II Analyze circuits
Filters, integrators, differentiators
Lec. 06: Practical Op Amp Potpourri Design circuits
Practically motivated, nonobvious op amp circuits
Module 03: Nonideal Operational Amplifiers HW 3
Lec. 07: Nonideal Op Amps I Op amp parameters
Gain error, bandwidth, input/output resistance
Lec. 08: Nonideal Op Amps II Op amp parameters
D.C. offset, offset current, slew rate
Module 04: Semiconductors & PN Junctions HW 4
Lec. 09: Semiconductors I Understand PN Junc
Lec. 10: Semiconductors II Understand PN Junc
Module 05: Diodes & Diode Applications HW 5
Lec. 11: Diodes I Diode Behavior
Lec. 12: Diodes II Diode Behavior
Lec. 13: Diode Circuits/Apps I Analyze Diode Circ
Lec. 14: Diode Circuits/Apps II Diode Circ Designs
Midterm Exam 01 (around week 7)
Module 06: MOSFETs HW 6
Lec. 15: MOSFETs I Analyze Transistors
Lec. 16: MOSFETs II Analyze Transistors
Lec. 17: MOSFET Ciruits I Transistor Designs
Lec. 18: MOSFETs Circuits II Transistor Designs
Module 07: BJTs HW 7
Lec. 19: BJTs I Analyze Transistors
Lec. 20: BJTs II Analyze Transistors
Lec. 21: BJT Ciruits I Transistor Designs
Lec. 22: BJT Circuits II Transistor Designs
Module 08: Transistor Amplifiers HW 8
Lec. 23: Transistor Amps I Make Amplifiers
Lec. 24: Transistor Amps II Make Amplifiers
Lec. 25: Transistor Amps III Make Amplifiers
Midterm Exam 02 (usually before a break)
One-week Break (Thanksgiving/Spring)
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Lec. 26: Practical & Advanced Topics
Lec. 27: Review (as time permits)
Final Exam (comprehensive)