This course serves to introduce students to the input-output mode of thinking. Students will be taught how to translate the everyday notions of cause and effect into input-output models. They will be required to study, understand and use a set of mathematical tools for describing and analyzing inputs and outputs and the relationships between them. They will study the nature of systems and learn techniques for analyzing and designing them to meet given performance criteria.
The description and use of mathematical tools required to analyze and design systems forms the bulk of the presentation in this course but by appealing to practical examples wherever possible students should never be allowed to lose sight of the real-world application of these tools.
In the presentation of this course and particularly in the tutorials, MATLAB will be used as an omnipresent anchor so that on completion all students should be proficient in its use. The learning experience is enhanced with computer-based exercises and assignments. The assignment will include: (1) take home problem solving questions design to test student understanding of the theory; and (2) a report in the form of an IEEE paper structure on a survey of the state-of-the-art in signal and systems or system engineering. The intent is to expose the student to high level technical publications.
- Lecturer: Haniph Latchman