Digital Signal Processing

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
08 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC H60E Electronic System Engineering,
BENGH641 Communications Engineering,
BENGHP41 Communications Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
BENGHPK1 Communications Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BENGHQ41 Communications Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
MENGH642 Communications Engineering

Module description

This module will provide an understanding of the fundamental principles of signal and image processing. Concepts will be applied to digital signals and the spectral information studied including the Fourier transform, the Z-transform and their relatonship to different types of digital filter.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of signal and image processing and their manipulation.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. understand the fundamental concepts related to digital signals
2. understand Fourier transform and spectral estimation
3. understand Z-transform and apply it in digital filter design
4. describe different types of digital filters
5. implement typical digital signal processing methods for specific applications

Module information

Outline Syllabus

-Introduction to signal analysis
-Discrete-time signals and systems
-Signal conditioning
-Fourier analysis and spectral estimation
-Digital filtering basics
-Transfer function
-FIR and IIR digital filter structures
-Digital filter design
-Signal processing applications

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and laboratories


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Assignment 1 13/12/2019 50%
Practical Progress Test - Week 7 50%
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Nikolaos Thomos
CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

Dr Robert John Watson
University of Bath
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 28 hours, 18 (64.3%) hours available to students:
10 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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