ENEL320-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Signals and Communications

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


Communication engineering and signal processing. Convolution, correlation, Fourier series and transform, amplitude modulation, angle modulation, analogue filters, random processes, noise in modulated systems, discrete signal processing, digital transmission (PCM, TDM and FDM), DTFT/DFT and FIR/IIR filter design.

Topics covered include:
• Communication engineering and signal processing;
• Convolution and correlation;
• Fourier series and transform;
• Amplitude modulation;
• Angle modulation;
• Analogue filters;
• Discrete signals and systems;
• Random processes;
• Generating digital signals (sampling and quantisation);
• Fourier transform for discrete signals (DTFT/DFT);
• Digital filter (FIR and IIR) design;
• Image processing.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe the fundamentals of signal processing in time and frequency domains.
2. Describe the difference between analogue and digital signal processing.
3. Explain different types of analogue and digital filters and be able to design the filters.
4. Apply the signal processing techniques to communications engineering systems and other areas in engineering.
5. Perform modulation and demodulation for amplitude, phase and frequency modulation.
6. Describe the theory behind transmission and reception of information using a carrier waveform.
7. Demonstrate competence using the basic tools in statistics for signal processing.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.



ENEL332, ENEL351

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 A6 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 C3 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 Rehua 009
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 Elec 209 CAE Lab
9 Aug - 22 Aug
4 Oct - 17 Oct

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 18:00 - 19:30 Online Delivery
20 Sep - 26 Sep

Course Coordinator

Karla Smith


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Labs 5%
Test 40%
Lab Assessment 2 5%
Final Exam 50%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Ambardar, Ashok; Analog and digital signal processing ; 2nd ed; Brooks/Cole Pub. Co., 1999.

Lathi, B. P. , Ding, Zhi; Modern digital and analog communication systems ; Fifth Edition; Oxford University Press, 2019.

McClellan, James H. , Schafer, Ronald W., Yoder, M. A; Signal processing first ; Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2003.

Course links

Course Outline

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $986.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering .

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