Advanced Signal Processing

Subject ELEN90052 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures (3 x one hour lectures per week) and up to 24 hours of workshops
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours


Prerequisites for this subject are:

ELEN90058 Signal Processing ( prior to 2011, ELEN30008 Signal Processing 1)


ELEN90054 Probability and Random Models( prior to 2011, ELEN30002 Stochastic Signals and Systems )



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Anti-requisite for this subject is:

Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject provides an in-depth introduction to statistical signal processing.


Students will study topics including:

  • Applications of statistical signal processing;
  • A review of stochastic signals and systems fundamentals – random processes, white noise, stationarity, auto- and cross-correlation functions, spectral- and cross-spectral densities, properties of linear time-invariant systems excited by white noise;
  • Parameter estimation - least squares and its properties, recursive least squares and least mean squares, optimisation-based methods, maximum likelihood methods;
  • Kalman filtering and selected topics from spectral estimation, Wiener and Markov filtering.
  • Power spectrum estimation

This material will be complemented with the use of software tools (e.g. MATLAB) for computation and a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) based development platform for the implementation of signal processing algorithms in the laboratory.

Learning Outcomes:


On completing this subject the student should be able to:

  1. Apply fundamental mathematical tools, in particular stochastic techniques, in the analysis and design of signal processing systems;
  2. Recognise estimation problems and design, implement and analyses algorithms for solving them;
  3. Use software packages such as MATLAB for the analysis and design of signal processing systems;
  4. Implement signal processing systems with DSP based development platforms.
  • One written examination, not exceeding three hours at the end of semester, worth 60%;
  • A one-hour mid-semester test, worth 10%;
  • Two laboratory projects each worth 15%

Hurdle requirement: Students must pass the written exam to pass the subject.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 and 2 are assessed in the final written examination, the mid-semester test, and submitted reports for two projects.

ILOs 3 and 4 are assessed as part of submitted project work and workshops.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large

Credit may not be obtained for both ELEN40004(431-461) Signal processing 2 and ELEN90052 Advanced Signal Processing


The subject is delivered through lectures and workshop classes that combine both tutorial and hands-on laboratory activities.


Students are provided with lecture slides, tutorial questions and solutions, project specifications, and reference text lists.


Exposure to industry standard DSP design tools through laboratory activities.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)Biosignals
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business)
Master of Engineering (Electrical)

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