Spring 2018 Syllabus
Fairfield University School of Engineering
Course Number: ECE411 
Course Name: Digital Signal
Processing 
Course Time: Mon 6:309:00 PM 
Course Location: Bannow 333 
Schedule: 1/22/185/11/18 
Final
Exam: Project 
Instructor: Jeffrey Denenberg 
Office: BNW 301C 
Office Phone: 2032544000x3330 
Hours: M/T/W/R 5:006:00 or by appt. 
Email1: jeffrey.denenberg@ieee.org 
Goggle Voice: 2035139427 
Email2: jdenenberg@fairfield.edu 
Modern signal
processing tools including vector spaces, bases and frames, operators, signal
expansions and approximation, as well as classical signal processing tools
including Fourier and z transforms, filtering and sampling, estimation,
applications, and implementation.
Prerequisites: EE301 or equivalent
Smith,
Steven W., The Scientist and
Engineer’s Guide to Digital Signal Processing, California Technical
Publishing, 1997, ISBN: 0966017633  Homework Problems
Digital Signal Processing, John G. Proakis,
Dimitris K Manolakis, 4th Edition, Pearson, 2006, ISBN:
9780131873742
Schaum’s
Outline of Digital
Signal Processing, Monson H. Hayes,
McGrawHill 2012,
ISBN: 9760071635097
DSP Video Lectures, Rich Radke, Rensselaer Polytehnic Institute
1.
MatLab and Simulink
(download directly from mathworks following instructions posted on Blackboard).
2.
Recommended general
computer requirements – PC running Windows 10 or later, Adobe reader,
highspeed internet access, Internet Explorer or Firefox browser. You may encounter difficulties with the
lectures, simulation software, or internet testing software if you use Mac OS
or Linux. Please check all software
compatibilities for your system promptly.
No. 
Objective 
Outcomes 
1 
Understand
the fundamental concepts and principles of Digital Signal Processing. 
Students
will understand the fundamental concepts and principles of Digital Signal
Processing. 
2 
Students will use the
Laplace transforms to find the system parameters, and determination of the
response of systems to inputs including the step, impulse, and ramp. 

3 
Understand A/D and D/A
conversion and how it maps the analog frequency domain of Laplace transforms
into the digital frequency domain of ztransforms. 
Students will develop understanding
of aliasing using block diagrams, complex frequency domain analysis, and
system frequency response. (2, Analysis) 
4 
Students will analyze and
synthesize multirate systems 

5 
Understand how to analyze and design
digital filers. 
Students will develop mathematical
models for approximating filter transfer functions to meet specifications. 
6 
Students will demonstrate
the use and application of MatLab software to the
above. (2, Application) 
*Objectives, ABET
Criteria outcomes (a, b,
c, k), and Bloom Cognitive
Level in parenthesis
Grade
allocation:
Mid
terms 
40%

Final
Exam 
40%

Homework 
20% 
Total 
100% 
The purpose of the exams is to convey your
understanding of the material; therefore, it is important that you show your
work. Even if you feel that the solution
to a problem is obvious; you must still explain why it is obvious. Furthermore; if you are asked to solve a
problem using a given technique; then please use that technique; otherwise, I
have no way to judge your understanding of the technique being tested.
Homework will be assigned from the book as your primary preparation for
the exams. We will review
select homework problems in class and you will be asked to work them on the
board for a participation grade. Homework must be
completed on time or it will not help with the exams. We will also incorporate design problems as
appropriate to the material. These
problems are designed to challenge you to think beyond what the book has told
you, and do real engineering. There may
be more than one correct answer.
If you understand how to do the homework problems you will have an
easier time with the exams.
Working with classmates to study, resolve problems, and learn the
material is expected and encouraged during normal course work. However, during individual evaluations (e.g.
quizzes, exams, individual projects, etc.) you are expected to comply with all
standards of academic honesty. You will
be graded fairly, and so your work should fairly represent your knowledge,
abilities, and effort, not that of others.
Any breach of integrity (including but not limited to: copying
solutions, internet solutions, copying from peers, claiming work or designs
without proper citation, etc.), will not only impact your ability to learn the
material and my ability to help you through proper feedback, it will result in
academic penalty. Any individual found in
breach of this code will fail the afflicted assignment and will be asked to
meet privately; any other offenses will be referred to the Dean for further
action, and could result in penalties as severe as expulsion from the
University.
If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic
accommodations, please contact: Academic and Disability Support Services (203)
2544000, x2615 and notify the course instructor within the first two weeks of
the semester.
TEACHER:
Distribute
syllabus.
Review
the material described in the syllabus.
Explain
material.
Identify
additional materials, Internet sites or books that clarify the material.
Relate
material to "real world" situations when possible.
Answer
questions.
Be
available to discuss problems.
Be receptive to new ideas.
Announce
business/class conflicts in advance.
Make
up missed classes.
Prepare
and administer exams and projects.
Grade
fairly.
Assign
appropriate homework problems.
STUDENT:
Be
familiar with the prerequisite material
Ask
questions.
Stay
current.
Study
the material described in the syllabus, preferably before it is covered in
class.
Complete
the assigned homework (all chapter problems with answers).
Obtain
class notes and homework if a class is missed.
Use
the library and the Internet to obtain supplemental material.
Prepare
for exams.
Ask
for help (tutors are available for assistance)
Follow
standards of academic integrity.
Class Topics and Order of Material
Wk 
Date 
Topic 
Text
Materials 
Homework 
Lecture Notes 
Outcome 
1 
1/21 
Course
Introduction: 
Review Sig/Systems, 


2 
1/28 
Introduction to Matlab Sampling 



3 
2/5 
Review HW3, Discrete
Number systems, DSP SW, Discrete Linear Systems, Discrete Convolution 
Ch4:
1, 3, 5, 7, 8 Ch6:
1  4 


4 
2/12 
Review HW46 





2/19 2/20 
President’s Day – No Classes 




5 
2/26 
Exam 1
(Chapters 16) 




6 
3/5 
Exam 1 Reprise, 



7 
3/12 
Spring Break No Classes 




8 
3/19 
Review HW7, 


9 
3/26 
Review HW 811, The FFT, Continuous
Signal Processing 


10 
4/2 
Review HW 1213, 



11 
4/9 
Exam 2 Review, 


12 
4/16 
Exam 2 (Chapters 713) 




13 
4/23 
Review HW 1417, Exam 2
Reprise, 


14 
4/30 
Review HW 18,33, Review
HW 1921, 




15 
5/7 
Final Exam 
Exam Week 
Last day to submit any materials 

