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ELEN310 - Continuous and Discrete Signals and Systems

Course Details

Course Code: ELEN310 Course ID: 4600 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This course is presents signal and system description and characterization in the time and frequency domains for linear time-invariant (LTIV) systems. Time domain topics include differential and difference equations; convolution; and Fourier Series. Frequency domain material will incorporate Fourier transforms; Laplace transforms; z-transforms; and system description via transfer functions. The sampling theorem will be addressed. State-space representation of LTIV systems in either the time or frequency domains will be introduced. The course will show students how to characterize and analyze systems in either time or frequency and transform between domains. Students will be shown how to determine and apply a correct technique to either analyze an existing system or design a system to meet specifications. NOTE: This course requires the student to purchase additional materials that are not covered by the book grant. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details. (Prerequisites: ELEN305 and MATH210)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 08/25/19 Spring 2019 Session K 16 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 12/22/19 Summer 2019 Session C 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing the course, the student should be able to accomplish these Course Objectives (CO):

CO-1 Perform analysis and calculations related to discrete and continuous time linear systems

CO-2 Apply the correct analysis technique for a given system classification and transfer function response

CO-3 Analyze analog and discrete signals and systems using computer-aided design and analysis tools such as MatLab

CO-4 Analyze a signal using Fourier series and Fourier transforms

CO-5 Analyze a signal using Laplace transforms and a transfer function representation

CO-6 Describe the types of system models

Instructor announcements: Weekly announcements will be made on Monday of each week in the online classroom. These announcements will also be e-mailed to each student. The announcements will discuss the assignments for the week along with any other pertinent information for the week.

This is an upper level course; all students’ work is to be presented as such in terms of quality and content. The grading system will be based on your participation in the forums (100 points or 12.5% of your total grade); homework assignments (200 points or 25% of your grade); labs (200 points or 25% of your grade); and three exams (300 points or 37.5% of your grade).

Reading Assignments: Please refer to the Course Outline section of this syllabus for the weekly reading assignments.

Week 1 Introductions: Students must log into the classroom and post an introduction to the class during the first week of class. Your response is due by Sunday of Week 1. The Week 1 introduction must be greater than 250 words (a requirement) and include the following information.

  1. Your name
  2. Your university major or program
  3. Where you are in the program of study
  4. Your academic goals, to include why you are taking this class
  5. Information that you would like to share about yourself

Weekly Forums: The weekly discussion forum is for students to post their questions on course content for that week. This forum should not be used to discuss specific graded material questions prior to receiving feedback from the instructor. If there is a question on a specific graded question, find a similar problem in the book and ask a question on that problem or concept. Asking specific questions on graded questions creates an unfair advantage and defeats the purpose of the assessment tool. Specific topics will occur throughout the course and will require critical thought/research for your input – be sure to keep up with ongoing discussions! Assigned forum posts will count 12.5% of the course grade.

Assignments: There will be eight assignments during the course worth a total of 25% of your total grade. Each assignment will cover one chapter of the book. For problems requiring mathematical calculations, show your work.

Exams: There will be three exams worth a total of 37.5% of the final grade. They will be open book, open note exams and will be administered without a proctor. Students must complete numbered exams by the end of the week indicated in the syllabus and in the classroom.

Labs: There will be four labs assigned throughout the course. Labs will count for a total of 25% of your grade.

NameGrade %
Forums 12.50 %
Introduction 1.25 %
Forum 1 1.25 %
Forum 2 1.25 %
Forum 3 1.25 %
Forum 4 1.25 %
Forum 5 1.25 %
Forum 6 1.25 %
Forum 7 1.25 %
Forum 8 1.25 %
Final Reflections 1.25 %
Assignments 25.00 %
Assignment 1: Signals and Waveforms 3.13 %
Assignment 2: Linear Time Invariant Systems 3.13 %
Assignment 3: Laplace Transforms 3.13 %
Assignment 4: Application of Laplace Transforms 3.13 %
Assignment 5: Fourier Analysis Techniques 3.13 %
Assignment 6: Applications of Fourier Transforms 3.13 %
Assignment 7: Discrete-time Signals and Systems 3.13 %
Assignment 8: Applications of Discrete-time Signals and Systems 3.13 %
Labs 25.00 %
Lab #1 5.00 %
Lab #2 5.00 %
Lab #3 5.00 %
Lab #4 5.00 %
Lab #5 5.00 %
Exams 37.50 %
Exam I 12.50 %
Exam II 12.50 %
Exam III 12.50 %

Textbook cover picture
Signals & Systems: Theory and Applications by Ulaby and Yagle
Michigan Publishing, 2018, 666 pages.
Click here for a pdf copy of the textbook.


Click here for a pdf copy of the lab manual:
HANDS-ON LABS with NI ELVIS by Ed Doering

Book Title:NI myRIO Starter Accessory Kit - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$119.08
Book Title:Signals & Systems: Theory and Applications - e-book available online, link also provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:University of Michigan
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:MATLAB and Simulink Student Suite-Not covered by the APUS Grant - available to purchase at
Electronic Unit Cost:$99.00
Book Title:myParts Kit from Texas Instruments - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$72.00
Book Title:NI Student Software Suite - free access provided inside the classroom; if DVD is needed, purchase instructions are available here: (DVD not covered by the APUS Book Grant)
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$63.00
Book Title:Engineering Signals & Systems: Hands-on Labs with ELVIS - free download available here:; hard copy purchase instructions here: (not covered by APUS Book Grant)
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:Doering, Ed
Unit Cost:$25.45
Book Title:NI ELVIS III - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant - purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$2,799.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.