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ENEE12016 - Signals and Systems

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Electrical systems are fundamental to our way of life, including electrical power, telecommunications and automatic control systems. In this unit, you will learn mathematical techniques to analyse and design a wide range of these electrical systems, such as electrical power distribution and transmission networks and control systems. You will be introduced to the concept of linear time invariant systems and a range of mathematical tools used in electrical circuit analysis such as forward and inverse Laplace transforms, s-domain circuit analysis and transfer functions. You will be also introduced to the frequency response of a system and you will identify different types of filters and design analogue filters for given specifications. Through this unit, you will gain hands-on experience in circuit construction and performance analysis in laboratory sessions and through the use of circuit simulation software. This unit will also provide you with opportunities to further develop communication skills through preparation of professional documentation and team communications. All students are required to have access to a computer and to make frequent use of the Internet. Students enrolled in distance mode are required to attend a compulsory Residential School.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: ENEE 12014 Electrical Circuit Analysis

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 15%
2. Written Assessment 15%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
4. Examination 40%
5. Online Quiz(zes) 10%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: student survey
Feedback
Learning resources did not fully support student learning.
Recommendation
A new textbook will be specified which is Matlab centred.
Action Taken
An additional new book was specified in the unit profile for this offering
Source: student survey
Feedback
Turnaround time on assignments was too long.
Recommendation
Marking will be organised well in advance with markers ready to mark as of the due dates of assignments.
Action Taken
This was executed and most feedback was released on time
Source: student survey
Feedback
Matlab tutorials were too advanced and difficult.
Recommendation
A matlab centred textbook will be adopted.
Action Taken
Face-to-face tutoring was introduced in locations where students had difficulties
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Students appreciated the prompt support and the residential school conducted by the lecturer.
Recommendation
This good practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Students appreciated using Matlab programming in the unit as a helpful tool to understand the theory.
Recommendation
This good practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Students were not satisfied with the learning resources provided.
Recommendation
A review of the learning resources will be carried out for the unit to ensure they are aligned with the learning outcomes and assessment. For example, (1) existing math and Matlab resources will be reviewed (2) more textbooks and publicly available online resources will be included, and (3) the slides and assessments will be reviewed.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Students expect more support with the Matlab programming exercises.
Recommendation
Better coordination will be done with the math unit that is being offered in parallel so that students learn programming prior to undertaking the programming assignments in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Assessment feedback and return should be improved.
Recommendation
The following measures will be taken to provide better feedback and timely return for the assignments. Firstly, the unit coordinator will do the marking instead of hiring a casual academic. Secondly, the marking criteria for the assessments will be reviewed and clarified further, and lastly, the unit coordinator will run the labs, and the lab assessment requirements will be clarified further.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the concepts of a linear time invariant system, unit impulse and step functions, convolution integral and convolution sum
  2. Apply forward and inverse Laplace transforms and analyse electrical circuits in the s-domain
  3. Identify and design different analogue filters
  4. Perform Fourier transforms to find frequency domain representations of time domain functions
  5. Use laboratory procedures and appropriate simulation tools to validate the analysis techniques
  6. Create professional documentation of the solutions, designs and analysis process using electrical terminology, diagrams and symbols that conform to Australian Standards
  7. Work individually and collaboratively in a team to produce high quality outputs

Learning outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies and also discipline capabilities. You can find the mapping for this on the Engineering Undergraduate Course website.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Examination
5 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Examination
5 - Online Quiz(zes)