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ELEC8844 – Signal Processing for Software Defined Radio

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Sam Reisenfeld
44 Waterloo Road, Room 135
Office Hours: Friday, 3-5 pm, by appointment
Lecturer
Yiqing Lu
Contact via E-mail
7E Wally's Walk, Room G08
By appointment
Tutor
Shahidul Islam
Contact via E-mail
44 Waterloo Road, Room G53
Office Hours: Friday, 3-5 pm, by appointment
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MEngElecEng
Corequisites Corequisites
20cp at 8000 level
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit aims to provide students with the theory and hands-on experience in designing and implementing digital signal processing algorithms using software defined radio technology. The unit builds on from preceding Digital Signal Processing unit and introduces the software defined radio concept along with various software defined radio architectures and platforms. Topics covered include: sampling and quantisation, low-pass representation of bandpass systems, quadrature-signal representation, frequency translation, sample rate conversion, decimation and interpolation, direct and polyphase interpolator and decimator architectures, half-band FIR filters, digital up and down converters, matched filters and the software defined radio architectures and platforms. The unit culminates in a project where students develop a software defined radio technology-based solution from high-level functional specifications through to design, implementation and testing on real hardware.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Describe what a software defined radio platform is and its constituent functional components.
  • ULO2: Comprehensively convey the advantages and limitations of various software-defined-radio-specific digital signal processing algorithms and their efficient implementations.
  • ULO3: Undertake quantitative performance analysis and contrast various digital signal processing algorithms and their implementations on software defined radio platforms.
  • ULO4: Design, implement and test digital signal processing algorithms on real software defined radio hardware platforms.
  • ULO5: Prepare design documents and reports and communicate and explain design decisions.

General Assessment Information

To pass this unit, students must achieve an average grade of 50%.

Late submissions will attract a penalty of 10% of the total marks per day. Extenuating circumstances will be considered upon lodgment of an application for special consideration. Resubmissions of work are not allowed.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Assignment 1 10% No Week 4
Defence 1 15% No Week 5
Assignment 2 10% No Week 10
Defence 2 20% No Week 11
Project Report 15% No Week 12
Project Defence and Demonstration 30% No Week 13

Assignment 1

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 4
Weighting: 10%

Assignment 1 Report (1000 word equivalent)


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe what a software defined radio platform is and its constituent functional components.
  • Comprehensively convey the advantages and limitations of various software-defined-radio-specific digital signal processing algorithms and their efficient implementations.
  • Undertake quantitative performance analysis and contrast various digital signal processing algorithms and their implementations on software defined radio platforms.
  • Design, implement and test digital signal processing algorithms on real software defined radio hardware platforms.
  • Prepare design documents and reports and communicate and explain design decisions.

Defence 1

Assessment Type 1: Viva/oral examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 5 hours
Due: Week 5
Weighting: 15%

An oral examination on the first part of the unit


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe what a software defined radio platform is and its constituent functional components.
  • Comprehensively convey the advantages and limitations of various software-defined-radio-specific digital signal processing algorithms and their efficient implementations.
  • Undertake quantitative performance analysis and contrast various digital signal processing algorithms and their implementations on software defined radio platforms.
  • Design, implement and test digital signal processing algorithms on real software defined radio hardware platforms.
  • Prepare design documents and reports and communicate and explain design decisions.

Assignment 2

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 10
Weighting: 10%

Assignment 2 Report (1000 word equivalent)


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe what a software defined radio platform is and its constituent functional components.
  • Comprehensively convey the advantages and limitations of various software-defined-radio-specific digital signal processing algorithms and their efficient implementations.
  • Undertake quantitative performance analysis and contrast various digital signal processing algorithms and their implementations on software defined radio platforms.
  • Design, implement and test digital signal processing algorithms on real software defined radio hardware platforms.
  • Prepare design documents and reports and communicate and explain design decisions.

Defence 2

Assessment Type 1: Viva/oral examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 5 hours
Due: Week 11
Weighting: 20%

An oral examination on the second part of the unit.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe what a software defined radio platform is and its constituent functional components.
  • Comprehensively convey the advantages and limitations of various software-defined-radio-specific digital signal processing algorithms and their efficient implementations.
  • Undertake quantitative performance analysis and contrast various digital signal processing algorithms and their implementations on software defined radio platforms.
  • Design, implement and test digital signal processing algorithms on real software defined radio hardware platforms.
  • Prepare design documents and reports and communicate and explain design decisions.

Project Report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Week 12
Weighting: 15%

Project Report (2000-word equivalent)


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe what a software defined radio platform is and its constituent functional components.
  • Comprehensively convey the advantages and limitations of various software-defined-radio-specific digital signal processing algorithms and their efficient implementations.
  • Undertake quantitative performance analysis and contrast various digital signal processing algorithms and their implementations on software defined radio platforms.
  • Design, implement and test digital signal processing algorithms on real software defined radio hardware platforms.
  • Prepare design documents and reports and communicate and explain design decisions.

Project Defence and Demonstration

Assessment Type 1: Viva/oral examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 30%

An oral examination of the outcomes of the project


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe what a software defined radio platform is and its constituent functional components.
  • Comprehensively convey the advantages and limitations of various software-defined-radio-specific digital signal processing algorithms and their efficient implementations.
  • Undertake quantitative performance analysis and contrast various digital signal processing algorithms and their implementations on software defined radio platforms.
  • Design, implement and test digital signal processing algorithms on real software defined radio hardware platforms.
  • Prepare design documents and reports and communicate and explain design decisions.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Lectures will be delivered online.  The lecture duration is 2 hours.

There will be one SGTA session on-campus per week and one SGTA session online per week.

The students need to attend either an on-campus SGTA session or an online SGTA session per week.

There will be one Practical class on-campus per week and one Practical class online per week.

The students will need to attend either an on-campus Practical class or an online Practical class per week.

The student will need to purchase a NooElec RTL device to be used with their computer for Practical Classes.

Policies and Procedures

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

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