Signals and Systems
University College Dublin
Area of Study
Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Engineering Science and Math
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
OverviewIn practical engineering it is very common to assume, at least initially, that the system to be analysed or
designed is linear and time-invariant. Linear, time-invariant systems provide potentially good approximations
to the behaviour of many systems in their normal operating region. The advantage of linear, time-invariant
systems is that they can in general be analysed. Nonlinear systems on the other hand cannot in general be
analysed and one is forced to resort to approximate analysis based on simulation. This module offers an
introduction to the analysis of linear, time-invariant systems. Ideally the analysis of a system involves the
determination as mathematical functions of time of all of the signals associated with the system. Accordingly
it is impossible to provide an analysis procedure for systems without a preliminary discussion of signals.
Specifically the module introduces and explains the mathematical ideas which underpin the very important
concept of the frequency content of a signal. The module covers the mathematics required to undertake a study
of dynamics, communication theory, signal processing, advanced circuit theory, partial differential equations
and control theory, with engineering examples. The module also provides advanced techniques for the solution of
linear, constant coefficient, ordinary differential equations.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
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