ELEG 3301
Signals and Systems I
Course Syllabus (Fall 2024)
Fairfield
University School
of Engineering
Course Number: EE 301 
Course Name: Signals & Systems I 
Time: 2:00pm3:15pm 
Course Location: Bannow 124 
Instructor: Jeffrey N. Denenberg 
Final Exam:
Design Project 
Office: Bannow GR33 
Hours: Tues/Fri 2:00PM – 3:15PM, 
Zoom Office: 710 293 2408 
Google Voice: (203) 5139427 
Course Description:
This course studies and classifies continuous
and discrete signals and systems. It presents time domain and discrete analysis
of signals using the Fourier series, Laplace transforms, Fourier transforms,
ztransforms, and fast Fourier transforms (e.g., differential equations,
convolution, concept and meaning of impulse response); and examines frequency
domain analysis, the Fourier series, and the Fourier transform as an
alternative to time domain analysis. Students gain further insights into signal
and system properties through the Laplace transform methods and the concept of
the transfer function. Previously EE 0301.Prerequisites: ELEG 2221 or MATH
2251 or equivalent
Objectives and
Outcomes
No 
Objective 
Outcome 
ABET
17 
1 
To
understand
and apply the principles
of LTI systems 
Students
will
analyze LTI systems
with differential
equations
as well as Fourier
and Laplace Transforms. 
1 
2 
To
understand
and apply Laplace Transforms
to LTI systems 
Student will apply
Laplace transforms
to “real world”
engineering problems. 
1 
3 
To
understand
and apply Fourier
Series to LTI
systems 
Students
will
learn and apply Fourier Series
in real world contexts. 
1 
4 
To
understand
and apply Fourier Transforms
to LTI systems 
Student will apply
Fourier Transforms to
“real world”
engineering problems. 
1 
5 
To
understand
and apply Discrete
time
system and signals
to LTI systems 
Students
will
apply the ztransform
and
discrete Fourier analysis
to engineering problems. 
1,6,7 
6 
To
develop familiarity with
MATLAB for problem
solving and system design 
Students
will use MATLAB to aid in solving all signals and systems problems,
especially matrixbased systems. 
1 
Textbook:
Systems and Signals (continuous and discrete), 4th ed., R. L. Ziemer, W. H Tranter,
and
D. R. Fannin, Prentice Hall, ISBN: 013496456X
TA: nicholas.murphy (Murph)
Session Recordings: Lecture Recordings  Fall 2024
References:
Schaum's Outline of Signals and Systems, 2nd ed., Hwei Hsu, McGrawHill,
ISBN: 007163472X
Interactive Lecture Notes (Phillips and
Parr’s text,Thanks to the U.
Washington),
Note:
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Performance Indicators and
grading:
Two written exams
will be given at approximately equal
intervals during the term as
outlined in the syllabus. The exams
will both be
open book, open note.
Exams
(2) 
50% 
Team Design Project 
25% 
Homework 
25% 
Exam
grading:
The purpose of the exam 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 policy:
The purpose of homework:
A: To give student practice.
B: To give professor feedback.
Homework
will
be
collected and graded.
Your
grade is based more on honest
effort
than correct answers.
Homework
is due
the
next class after it is assigned (except when specified). This twoweek
homework cycle gives an intervening class
where
students can ask questions. Late homework
assignments are not accepted. If you know you have a conflict, please make arrangements
ahead of
time.
If you know in advance that you will
be
missing class, please contact me to make arrangements regarding homework.
If you understand
how to do the homework problems
you will have an
easier time with
the
Exams.
Class structure:
Lectures will
be
the primary source of information.
Even
though the lectures will be recorded, students are expected to attend every class
and
to participate in class discussions. Homework assignments will
be discussed in class. Students will be expected to solve problems
in
class. You will find it beneficial
to review the chapters before the lecture.
Office hours are
open for
discussion of anything. You can get help with
homework, projects, or more detailed explanations of topics covered in class. Feel free to stop by
or make an appointment to meet another time.
Class Topics and Order of Material
Week 

Topics/Chapters 
**Chpt. 
Obj. 
References 
HW 
1 
Sep 3 Sep 6 
Course Introduction Signals and
Systems 


Signals/SystemsTool Summary DrD 
Get ahead in your
Readings! 
2 
Sep 10,

Signals and Systems (cont.) Noise Introduction 
1 Notes 

Signals1,
Signals2,
Noise Introduction DrD 
Ch.1  3, 9, 14, 20, 26, 37 MatLab
– 1, 3 
3 
Sep 17, 20 
Time Domain Analysis of
continuous Systems 
2 

Ch.2 – 11, 20, 29 

4 
Sep 24, 27 
Time Domain Analysis of
continuous Systems (cont.) 
2 

CH.2 – 36, 37 MatLab –
1, 6 

5 
Oct 1 
Fourier Series
Exam 1 (Covers Chapters 1,2
& Noise) 
3 

Fourier Series
Tutorial DrD, FS
Tutorial 2 
Ch.3 – 3, 9, 25 
6 
Oct
8, 11 
Fourier Series
(cont.) Fourier Transform 
4 

FourierSeries1,
FourierSeries2,
FourierCoef., LTIAnalysis, Fourier Transform
Tutorial DrD, FT
Tutorial 2, FT,
FTProp1,
FTProp2,
FTExamples,


7 
Oct 15 Oct 18 
Columbus Day – No Classes Oct 14. 15 Laplace Transform
(LTI) 
5 



8 
Oct 22. 25 
Laplace Transform
(LTI cont.) Filters 
6 E2 



9 
Oct
29 Nov 1 
Sampling Discrete Signals
and Systems 
8 



10 
Nov 5, 8 
Discrete Signals
(cont.) ZTransform 
8 



11 
Nov 12, 15 
Discrete Fourier Analysis, FFT 
10 



12 
Nov 19 Nov 22 
Exam 2 (Covers Chapters 38) Discrete Fourier Analysis (cont 
10 



13 
Nov 26 
Thanksgiving – No Classes Nov 27 – Dec 1
Noise analysis in Linear Systems, Review, 




14 
Dec 3,
8 
Team
Design Project* Discussion 
Notes 



15 

More Presentations Final Exam Week 




*Students
to
perform outside of class, ** Ch. 7 “StateVariables” is covered
in Feedback Systems; Ch. 9 “Digital Filters” is MS level