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FSD3140 Signal Analysis 5.0 credits

Basic course in signal analysis for PhD-students.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSD3140 (Autumn 2018–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Contents: Amplitude characterization, DFT, FFT, signals and linear systems, correlation, power spectral density, spectrum analysis with FFT. z-transform and digital filters, frequency analysis with filters, applications.

Intended learning outcomes

The student should after finishing the course be able to:

  • Use a signal analyser (FFT-analyser) and be able to choose the measurement setup: frequency range, length of time record, time windows, number of averages etc.
  • Perform signal analysis on measured time record in Matlab.
  • Choose appropriate signal analysis methodology for a given problem. For example choosing between time or frequency domain analysis, one-channel or multi-channel analysis, different types of filtering etc.
  • Interpret results from different types of signal analysis, for instance spectra, correlation functions or frequency response functions.
  • Be able to extract information about the character of the studied signal such as periodicity, time delays and linearity.

Course disposition


Home assignments

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Courses in mathematics on master level including Fourier analysis and Laplace transforms.

Recommended prerequisites

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Signals and Mechanical Systems, H. Boden, K. Ahlin and U. Carlsson.

Additional handouts.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 2.5 credits, grading scale: G
  • TEN1 - Exam, 2.5 credits, grading scale: G

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Home assignment.

Written or oral exam.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering