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. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Pre-requisite: ENEE12014 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 3 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 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. Take Home Exam 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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36% response rate.

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 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
This good practice has been continued.
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
This good practice has been continued.
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
This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome.
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
This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome.
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
This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
A clear explanation was provided for each topic and
Recommendation
This good practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The assessments were engaging and well designed. Also, the feedback was formative and returned timely.
Recommendation
This good practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The teaching team supportive and attended to all queries raised by the students.
Recommendation
This good practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The back-to-back lecture and tutorial sessions were too long.
Recommendation
The lecture and tutorial will be scheduled on two different days.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Scan notes from the lecture and tutorial would be helpful.
Recommendation
Scan notes from the lecture and tutorial will be provided.
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.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

Intermediate
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 3I 4I 5I )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 2N 3I 4N 5N )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 5I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 5I )

Advanced
1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2A 3A )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 2I 3A 4I 5I )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2A 3A 4A 5A )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2I 3A 4I 5A )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 2A 3A 4A 5A )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 2I 3I 4I 5A )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 5A )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 6A 7I )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.

Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information
https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1511

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 - Take Home Exam
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 - Take Home Exam
5 - Online Quiz(zes)