Signals and Systems (Theory)

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Module Study Targets

A student who successfully fulfils the course requirements will have demonstrated:

  • An ability to recognize, use, and analyze signals coming from diverse disciplines and represent them in terms of elementary signals such as step, ramp, parabolic, sinusoidal, and exponential signals
  • An ability to understand basic signals operations such as convolution, correlation, signal shifting
  • Knowledge and understanding of linear system dynamics
  • Knowledge of methods for finding the system transient and steady state responses
  • Understanding of basic linear dynamic systems concepts such as stability, observability and controllability
  • An ability to represent and study linear systems in the state space form and build corresponding system block diagrams
  • Knowledge of main properties of linear feedback systems
  • Full understanding of Fourier, Laplace, and Z transforms and their inverses

Module Acquired Abilities

  • Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information
  • Working independently
  • Team work

Module Description


  1. Basic fundamental concepts about signals
  2. Basic operations on signals
  3. Differential Equation Models
  4. System classifications
  5. Convolution of analog and digital signals
  6. Laplace transforms
  7. Z transforms
  8. Active and Passive filters
  9. Frequency response
  10. Determination of steady-state sinusoidal response of linear systems
  11. Fourier series
  12. Fourier transform
  13. Applications of Fourier Transform - Filtering

Module Student Evaluation

  • Final exam (40%)
  • Coursework (20%)
  • Written lab exams (40%)


  • Palamides A., Veloni A., "Signals and Systems Laboratory With Matlab", CRC Press, 2010
  • Hsu H. P., "Schaum's Outline of Signals and Systems", 2nd Ed., 2010
  • Lathi B.P., "Linear Systems and Signals", The Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2004
  • Ziemer R. E., Tranter W. H., Fannin D. R., "Signals and Systems: Continuous and Discrete", 3rd Ed., Macmillan, 2005
  • Balmer L., "Signals and Systems", 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall, 2004
  • Girod B., Rabenstein R., Stenger A., "Signals and Systems", Wiley, 2004