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ELEC 342 Discrete Time Signals and Systems, Summer 2016

Concordia University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to apply knowledge of mathematics (namely algebra and
calculus, complex variables and series) and engineering (basic circuits) to make important insights on the signals
(that is a stream of data) and the systems (that process signals). This course is quite basic to the field of
communications (e.g., ELEC 363), control (e.g., ELEC 372), and signal processing (ELEC 442).

Dr. William E. Lynch

Office: EV 5.163; Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am - noon.
Tel: 848-2424 x 3142; Email:


Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2:45 5:30 pm H-557


Section AE Thursdays: 5:45-7:25 pm H-431

Section AF Thursdays: 5:45-7:25 pm H564


Section AI Wednesdays: 3:00-5:45 pm H-843

Section AJ Mondays: 1:15-4:00 pm H-967
Section AK Wednesdays: 3:00-5:45 pm H-847


ELEC 242: Continuous Time Signals and Systems

Continuous and Discrete Time Signals and Systems by Mrinal Mandal and Amir Asif. Cambridge
University Press

Course Schedule:
Chapter 1, 2, (discrete time
elements only), ch 10, May 3, 5
Chapter 11 May 10,12
Chapter 9,12 (12.1 to 12.3) May
17, 19
May 24, 26
Chapter 13 May 31, June 2
Chapter 14 (not 14.8), 15, June 7,
Chapter 16, June 14, 16

Introduction to discrete time signals and systems. Time domain
Discrete time Fourier Series and Fourier Transform
Sampling, Quantization, DFT
Midterm exam Thursday May 26

Skills: By the end of this course you are expected to have basic skills in MATLAB. The lab will introduce you to
MATLAB and there will be a lab test focusing on MATLAB.
Exams: One midterm and one final exam will be given. All exams will be closed book. You will be allowed to
prepare a formula sheet. If you miss the exam for a valid reason, the weight on the midterm will be added to that of
the final exam.
Assignments: One of the most important skills that you can have as an engineer is the ability to read a technical
document and get something out of it. A technique to get more out of what you read is to make notes and formulate
questions and hypothesis as you read. This takes the often passive activity of reading and makes it active.
Before the Tuesday of each week you should have read the sections in the textbook for the upcoming week. You
should turn in at the beginning of class on that Tuesday:
1. Three pages of jottings. This is original handwritten material concerning the material you have read. It
can take any form, for example: summary, questions that occurred to you, insights, etc.
2. Three sentences that summarize what youve read.
A teaching assistant will do two things:

1. Check that you did the jottings (no photocopies!!).

2. Give you a mark on your three sentences.
We will do this for On May 10, 17, 31 and June 7 and 14. The best three of these five marks will yield 5% of the final
Suggested Problems (no marks not to be handed in):

1.6(i,iii,iv),1.8(i,ii,iii), 1.15(i,iii,v),1.28(i,ii,iii,iv,viii)1.29
2.10(i,iii,iv),2.12 (ii,iv), 2.14(i,ii),219,2,21
10.2,10.4,10.5(a,b), 10.7, 10.9, 10.12, 10.13(a,c), 10.14(b,d), 10.16, 10.19(b,d)
11.1(ii,iii,v), 11.2(iv,v), 11.3(vi, vii,ix,x), 11.5(ii, iii, iv), 11.6(ii, iii), 11.12, 11.13(iii), 11.14,11.16,11.17, 11.19
9.1 (b,c), 9.2(d), 9.3, 9.4, 9.7, 9.8, 9.9, 9.11, 9.14, 9.15, 9.18, 9.21, 9.21 (i), (iii)
13.1(iv), 13.3(iii,iv), 13.4(iv), 13.5(b), 13.7, 13.10(i,ii,iii), 13.11,13.13, 13.15, 13.16 (iv), 13.19 (i-v)
14.1, 14.3, 14.5, 14.6, 14.8, 14.9, 14.11, 14.14, 14.16, 14.17

Quizzes: Four quizzes will be given and the best three will be counted. The questions on the quizzes will be
related to the assignment questions. Quizzes will take place in the tutorial as follows:

Quiz 1
Quiz 2
Quiz 3
Quiz 4

May 12
May 19
June 2
June 9

Labs: There will be five compulsory labs during the term. Students must attend all 5 lab sessions. Students will do
and prepare their reports individually. Lab dates are as follows:
Section AI (Wednesday)
May 11 May 18 May 25 June 1 June 8
Section AJ (Monday)
May 9 May 16 May 30 June 6 June 13
Section AK (Wednesday) May 11 May 18 May 25 June 1 June 8
There are no lab exemptions for this course. If you are repeating this course you must redo the lab, obtain new
data and write a new lab report (including the any prelab). It is an academic offense to submit lab reports or lab
data from a previous term.
Lab test: The Lab test for the Wednesday lab sections (AI & AK) will take place on June 15. The Lab test for the
Monday lab section (AJ) will take place on June 20.
Grading scheme:
Scheme A
Lab Test
Midterm Exam:
Final Exam:

5% (best 3 out of 5)
5% (Best 3 out of 4)
15% (Five compulsory labs)

Scheme B
Lab Test
Final Exam:

5% (best 3 out of 5)
5% (Best 3 out of 4)
15% (Five compulsory labs)

Whichever of Scheme A or B is better for you will be chosen.

Honor Code: All students are expected to respect the academic honor system and abide by the Code of