Core Module Information
Module title: Signal Processing

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ELE09113
Module leader: Luigi La Spada
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Cyber Security and Systems Engineering

ELE08100 & ELE08102
Electronic Devices and Circuits & Intermediate Mathematics
Level 8 Electronics & Mathematics

Description of module content:

Definition and Representation of Signals: The Continuous Domain and the Discrete Domain.
Signal representation, analysis and transforms. Filter Order and Types. Analogue Filters.
Principles of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) techniques.
MATLAB: signal processing, matrix algebra, m-files, programming and processing operations, graphing and data visualisation.
SIMULINK: use of tool boxes and system design, analogue and digital signal processing.
Introduction to VHDL for DSP; concurrent and sequential systems.
Implementation of DSP systems: microprocessor systems, dedicated DSP processors, FPGAs.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to :
LO1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of analogue and digital signal processes and systems.
LO2: Apply computer based languages and tools in the development of signal processing systems.
LO3: Use simulation to examine the relationship between key parameters in the design and verification of a signal processing system.
LO4: Critically evaluate different methods of implementing signal processing in hardware.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Luigi La Spada
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The principles and knowledge base underlying learning outcomes 1 to 4 will be covered in lectures. However, much of the material covered by the learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4 is of a practical nature and will be covered in laboratory based sessions. This will involve several mini-projects, in which the students will be developing and experimenting with signal processing components and systems.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
All aspects of the module are directly related to current technologies in the field of digital system design, development and implementation. The laboratory facilities are used by the students throughout the module and are built around industry standard computer aided design and development tools. These are currently in widespread use throughout the electronic and communication system design world and the practical skills developed in modules are of immediate benefit to a wide-range of employment areas. There is currently a world-wide shortage of these skills in industry and in research and development.

Research/ teaching linkages
This is a rapidly developing field of study in which the School of Engineering and Built Environment has strong research interests in areas covered by this module.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
Learning Outcome 2 will be assessed by a laboratory based assignment. This will be worth 20% of the overall module mark. The final design, development, implementation and test project will cover Learning Outcome 3, will be worth 40% of the overall module mark. The assessment of this project will comprise the submission of a formal report and an oral examination. Learning Outcomes 1 & 4 will be assessed by a 1.5 hour examination, which will offer a choice of 3 from 6 questions will be worth 40% of the overall module mark. Feedback, as appropriate, will be provided on practical exercises and the report.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 18
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 26
Independent Learning Guided independent study 148
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 0.5
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1.5
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 20 2 6 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Report 40 3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 40 1,4 14/15 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

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