Course details

Signals and Systems

ISS Acad. year 2019/2020 Winter semester 6 credits

Continuous and discrete time signals and systems. Spectral analysis in continuous time - Fourier series and Fourier transform. Systems with continuous time. Sampling and reconstruction. Discrete-time signals and their frequency analysis: Discrete Fourier series and Discrete-time Fourier transform. Discrete systems. Two-dimensional signals and systems. Random signals.


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Examination (written)

Time span

39 hrs lectures, 12 hrs exercises, 14 hrs projects

Assessment points

51 exam, 25 half-term test, 12 labs, 12 projects




Baskar Murali K. (DCGM FIT BUT)
Beneš Karel, Ing. (DCGM FIT BUT)
Grézl František, Ing., Ph.D. (DCGM FIT BUT)
Kocour Martin, Ing. (DCGM FIT BUT)
Kodym Oldřich, Ing. (DCGM FIT BUT)
Silnova Anna, MSc. (DCGM FIT BUT)
Švec Ján, Ing. (DCGM FIT BUT)
Žmolíková Kateřina, Ing. (DCGM FIT BUT)

Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students will learn and understand the basis of the description and analysis of discrete and continuous-time signals and systems. They will also obtain practical skills in analysis and filtering in MATLAB/Octave.

Generic learning outcomes and competences

Students will deepen their knowledge in mathematics and statistics and apply it to real problems of signal processing. 

Learning objectives

To learn and understand the basic theory of signals and linear systems with continuous and discrete time. To introduce to random signals. The emphasis of the course is on spectral analysis and linear filtering - two basic building blocks of modern communication and machine learning systems.

Why is the course taught

Probably anyone has already placed a call from a cell-phone. Probably everyone took a picture and stored it in JPG format. The algorithms of digital signal processing can be found behind both applications - filtering (in case of a mobile codec its for example a filter that changes its characteristics every 20 milliseconds depending on your voice) and spectral analysis (in JPG image encoding, little squares of 8x8 pixels are compared with cosine signals at different speeds). Both examples are however only a minuscule part of a vast number of signal and data processing applications, all around us - from commanding the ABS system in your car to satellite communications. Moreover, signal processing is an important component of machine learning (also called "artificial intelligence") that is nowadays influencing almost all sectors of the economy and normal life. ISS won't teach you everything, but it will give you solid mathematical bases and intuition to build upon.


Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

Basic maths and statistics.

Study literature

  • Jan, J., Kozumplík, J.: Systémy, procesy a signály. Skriptum VUT v Brně, VUTIUM, 2000. (in Czech)
  • Šebesta V.: Systémy, procesy a signály I., Skriptum VUT v Brně, VUTIUM, 1997. (in Czech)
  • Jan J., Číslicová filtrace, analýza a restaurace signálů, VUT v Brně, VUTIUM, 2002, ISBN 80-214-1558-4. (in Czech)

Fundamental literature

  • Oppenheim A.V., Wilski A.S.: Signals and systems, Prentice Hall, 1997

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Digital filters - fundamentals and practical usage
  2. Frequency analysis using DFT - fundamentals and practical usage
  3. Image processing (2D signals) - fundamentals and practical usage
  4. Random signals - fundamentals and practical usage
  5. Applications of signal processing and introduction to the theory
  6. Frequency analysis of continuous time signals
  7. Continuous time systems
  8. From continuous to discrete - sampling, quantization
  9. The discrete signal in more detail
  10. Spectral analysis of discrete signals in more detail. 
  11. Digital filtering in more detail
  12. Random signals in more detail
  13. Applications and advanced topics of signal processing

Syllabus of numerical exercises

  1. Complex numbers, cosines and complex exponentials and operations therewith 
  2. Basics, filtering, frequency analysis 
  3. Continuous time signals: energy, power, Fourier series, Fourier transform 
  4. Continuous time systems and sampling 
  5. Operations with discrete signals, convolutions, DTFT, DFT 
  6. Digital filtering and random signals

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

The project aims at the practical experience with signals and systems in Matlab/Octave. Its study etap contains solved exercises on the following topics: 

  1. Introduction to MATLAB
  2. Projection onto basis, Fourier series
  3. Processing of sounds
  4. Image processing
  5. Random signals
  6. Sampling, quantization and aliasing

The project itself follows with an individual signal for each student, see

Progress assessment

  • 6 tests in numerical exercises, each 2 pts, total 12 pts.
  • half-semester exam, written materials, computers and calculators prohibited, 25 pts.
  • submission of project report - 12 pts.
  • final exam - 51 pts., written materials, computers and calculators prohibited, list of basic equations will be at your disposal. The minimal number of points which can be obtained from the final exam is 17. Otherwise, no points will be assigned to the student.

Controlled instruction

  • participation in numerical exercises is not checked, but tests are conducted in them, each worth 2 points. 
  • Groups in numerical exercises are organized according to inscription into schedule frames.
  • Replacing missed exercises (and obtaining the points) is possible by (1) attending the exercise and the test with another group, (2) solving all tasks in given assignment and presenting them to the tutor, (3) examination by the tutor or course responsible after an appointment. Options (2) and (3) are valid max. 14 days after the missed exercises, not retroactively at the end of the course. 


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Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 2nd year of study, Compulsory
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 2nd year of study, Compulsory
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