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EEC160 – Signal Analysis And Communications

4 units – Fall Quarter

Lecture: 3 hours

Discussion: 1 hour

Prerequisite: EEC 150A

Grading: Letter.

Catalog Description:

Signal analysis and design. Fourier series and transforms. Time-sampling, convolution, and filtering; spectral density. Analog and digital modulation: carrier-amplitude, carrier-frequency, and pulse-amplitude; analysis and design.

Expanded Course Description

  1. Review of Fourier Series
    1. Exponential form
    2. Other forms
    3. Parseval’s relation
    4. Convolution theorem
    5. Filtering
    6. Time-Frequency duality
    7. CAD-Computer-Aided Design Projects
  2. Review of Fourier Transform
    1. Limiting form of Fourier series
    2. Relation to Laplace transform
    3. Properties
    4. Transform pairs
    5. Parseval’s relation
    6. Impulses, convolution, and filters
    7. Time-sampling
    8. Optimized impulse response. Implementation of a matched filter receiver
  3. Spectral Density
    1. Finite energy and finite average power
    2. Spectral density and filtering
    3. Bandpass signal representation and Hilbert transform
    4. Bandlimited baseband spectral CAD task. Pulse design and effect of line codes on the spectrum of bandlimited baseband signals.
    5. Pulse amplitude and pulse code modulation
  4. Amplitude Modulation
    1. Double sideband
    2. Quadrature AM
    3. Single sideband and vestigial sideband AM
    4. AM with carrier
    5. CAD-Digital AM spectral analysis/design. Design and computer simulation of DSB and SSB AM modulation and demodulation
  5. Angle Modulation
    1. Phase and frequency modulation
    2. Narrowband FM
    3. Wideband FM
    4. Design and simulation of FSK and PSK digital communication systems

Computer Usage:

The students will learn to use a software package used to simulate communications systems in the time and frequency domains. This package will be used to perform open-ended design of selected AM, FM and pulse modulation systems. Instructor and students may agree to use MATLAB or other software.


  1. Z. Ding and B. Lathi, Modern Digital and Analog Communications Systems, Prentice-Hall.

Engineering Design Statement:

In the lectures the students learn techniques for the analysis and basic design of communications systems. In the homeworks they are given the opportunity to use these analytical tools to design simple communications systems which are required to meet a given set of specifications. In these design problems they need to choose between various alternatives to get the best performance within a given set of constraints (power, bandwidth, etc.). These design tasks involve both “pencil-and-paper” design and computer exercises. Approximately 25% of the course grade will be based upon engineering design.

Relationship to Outcomes:

Students who have successfully completed this course should have achieved:

Course Outcomes ABET Outcomes
An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering A
An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data B
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems E
An ability to communicate effectively G
A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning I
A knowledge of contemporary issues J
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. K


Professional Component:

Engineering Depth

Engineering Science: 2 units
Engineering Design: 2 units