Course Title: Modify digital signal processing (DSP) based sub-systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: EEET7062C

Course Title: Modify digital signal processing (DSP) based sub-systems

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6122 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Gita Pendharkar

Phone: +61 3 99254701


Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers modifying electronic DSP based sub-systems. It encompasses working safely, following design brief, apply knowledge of digital and analogue devices, interpreting device specifications, constructing prototypes, testing developed system prototype operation and documenting design and development work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH184A Modify digital signal processing (DSP) based sub-systems


1. Prepare to modify DSP based systems.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS processes and procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation for the work.
1.3 The extent of the proposed electronic DSP based system is determined from the design brief or in consultations with appropriate person(s)
1.4 Design development work is planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved on the work site
1.5 Materials and devices/components required for the work are determined on compatibility of their specifications with DSP based system requirements and project budget constraints.


2. Modify DSP based systems.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures are followed.
2.2 Knowledge of digital and analogue elements used in DSP based systems and compliance standards are applied to the design
2.3 Alternative arrangements for the modification are considered based on the requirements outlined in the design brief.
2.4 Safety, functional and budget considerations are incorporated in the design.
2.5 Prototype devices and circuits are constructed, programmed and tested for compliance with the design brief and regulatory requirements.
2.6 Prototype malfunctions are rectified and retested to ensure effective operation of design.
2.7 DSP based system modification is documented for submission to appropriate person(s) for approval
2.8 Solutions to unplanned situation are provided consistent with organisation policy.


3. Obtain approval for electronic DSP based systems modification.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 DSP based system modification is presented and explained to client representative and/or other relevant person(s).
3.2 Requests for alterations to the design are negotiated with relevant person(s) within the constraints of organisation policy.
3.3 Final design is documented and approval obtained from appropriate person(s).
3.4 Quality of work is monitored against personal performance agreement and/or established organizational or professional standards.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

 You will involve in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates
• Lectures
• Assignments
• Test

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:
This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1.Knowledge and Skill Base

EA 1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering
fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information
sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in
the area of practice.

EA 2.Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA 2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

EA 3.Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.

EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency UEENEEH184A  in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:


Week Topics Delivered Elements/Performance Criteria
1 Introduction to DSP
Introduction to Matlab Assignment 1 handed
1.1, 1.2
2 Types of Signals and Systems  1.3 – 1.5
3 Time Domain and Frequency Domain Signals
Assignment 1 Due 
Assignment 2 handed
4 Applications and Advantages of DSP  2.1, 2.2
5 A/D Conversion, Sampling, Quantisation 2.2, 2.3
6 D/A Conversion, Signal recovery
Assignment 2 Due 
Assignment 3 handed
2.2, 2.3
7-8 Frequency Spectrum , FFT 2.2- 2.4
9 Introduction to Digital Filters 3.1- 3.2
10 FIR Filters
Assignment 3 Due 
Major Assignment handed
3.1- 3.3
11 IIR Filters 3.1- 3.2
12 Properties of FIR & IIR Filters 3.1- 3.3
13 Convolution & Z Transforms 2.5 – 2.7
14 Industry visit


1.1-1.6, 2.1-2.4, 3.1-3.6
15 Inverse Z Transforms  3.1- 3.2
16 Revision for Test

Major Assignment Due 
3.1- 3.4
17 - 18 Test    1.1-1.6, 2.1-2.4, 3.1-3.6

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

DSP First, A Multimedia Approach, by James H. McClellan, Ronald W. Schafer, Mark A. Yoder



Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:


Assessment 1: Assignments

Assessment 2: Test


These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria Covered Assignments Test
1.1 x x
1.2 x x
1.3 x x
1.4 x x
1.5 x x
2.1 x x
2.2 x x
2.3 x x
2.4 x x
2.5 x x
2.6 x x
2.7 x x
2.8 x x
3.1 x x
3.2 x x
3.3 x x
3.4 x x





Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Assignments - Due week 3-16
Assessment 2: Test - Due week 17-18

To be deemed competent, student must achieve satisfactory (S) results in all Two (2) assessments. 

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs UEENEEH184A Elements & Performance Criteria

  UEENEEH184A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4
Assignments x x  x  x  x x  x  x  x x x x x x x  x x
Test x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

  Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
 Assessments EA1.1 EA1.2 EA1.3 EA1.4 EA1.5 EA1.6 EA2.1 EA2.2 EA2.3 EA2.4 EA3.1 EA3.2 EA3.3 EA3.4 EA3.5 EA3.6
Assignments X X X X X X  x X  X  X    X  X  X X  X
Test  X  X  X  X X  X X        X X  X  X  X  X
All Assessments UEENEEH184A 2
2  2 2
 2  2  2  1  1  1  1  2  2  2  2  2
0 (Blank) Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element.
3 Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element.

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignment, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 20 hours outside the class time.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. 
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are: 

  • assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice 
  • maths and science developmental support and advice 
  • English language development 

Please Refer to find more information about Study and learning Support 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
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Late submission: 

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager. 
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted. 
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date. 

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked. 

Special consideration: 

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. 

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Other Information: 

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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