ECE 260 — Continuous-Time Signals and Systems

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Table of Contents

  1. Other Courses Offered by Instructor
  2. Accessing Course Materials
  3. Instructor
  4. Office Hours
  5. Tutorial/Marker Teaching Assistants (TAs)
  6. Course Outline
  7. Course-Materials Bug-Bounty Program (CMBBP)
  8. Feedback on Course/Teaching
  9. Important Dates
  10. Required Texts/Materials
  11. Optional Texts/Materials
  12. Assignments
  13. Midterm Exams
  14. Final Exam
  15. MATLAB
  16. Miscellaneous Handouts
  17. Extra Practice Problems (with Solutions)
  18. Reserve Materials in Library
  19. Tutorial
  20. Other Information

Other Courses Offered By Instructor

The courses listed below are not necessarily offered every year. Refer to the ECE Department web site for a list of upcoming courses.

SENG 475 — Advanced Programming Techniques for Robust Efficient Computing (With C++)

SENG 475. Do you want to learn the C++ programming language at a more advanced level or further develop your programming skills? If so, you might be interested in this course. For more information on this course (including when it is likely to be offered next), visit the course web site, which can be found at Also, a detailed set of lecture slides on C++ and some corresponding lecture videos can be found on the companion web site for this course, which is located at

ECE 486 — Multiresolution Signal and Geometry Processing With C++

ECE 486. Do you want to learn the C++ programming language or improve your C++ programming skills? Do you want to learn OpenGL, the industry standard library for high-performance 2-D and 3-D computer graphics (which is used on everything from mobile phones and notebook computers to high-end graphics workstations)? Are you interested in digital signal processing (e.g., audio, image, video processing or 3-D computer graphics? If you answered "yes" to any of the preceding questions, then you may be interested in taking this course as an elective. For more information on this course (including when it is likely to be offered next), visit the course web page, which can be found at Various reference materials for this course are also available from the two companion web sites for this course, namely, and

Accessing Course Materials

Some of the downloadable course materials associated with this web page may be stored in a protected area. In order to access protected course materials, you will need to know the appropriate username and password to use for the web server. If you are taking the course, you should know the correct username and password (which were announced during the first lecture). Note that this username and password are not the ones for your Netlink/faculty/departmental account.


Dr. Michael Adams
E-Mail: mdadams (append "" for the complete address)
Office: EOW 311

For more sordid details about the instructor look here.

Office Hours

Regular (Non-Final-Exam) Office Hours

My regular (i.e., non-final-exam) office hours, as determined via Doodle poll, are as follows:

My regular office hours are cancelled during reading break. Also, the above office hours only apply up until the last day of classes. So, these office hours do not apply during the final exam period. For my office hours during the final exam period, please see below.

Final-Exam Office Hours

My final-exam office hours will be determined closer to the end of the term and will be posted here at that time.

Tutorial/Marker Teaching Assistants (TAs)

The tutorial TAs and their email addresses are as follows:

The marker TAs and their email addresses are as follows:

Some information relevant to the marker TAs is as follows:

Course Outline

The course outline is distributed in hardcopy form during the first lecture. The course outline is also available via the following link:

Course-Materials Bug-Bounty Program (CMBBP)

By participating in the Course-Materials Bug-Bounty Program (CMBBP), you can earn extra marks in the course. If you are interested in obtaining extra marks, then read the following document on the CMBBP:

The following document lists all bugs reported to date as part of the CMBBP:

Feedback on Course/Teaching

Feedback on the course and teaching is always most welcome! The instructor will never hold any of your comments against you, but please be constructive in your criticism. Several options are available for providing feedback. You can provide feedback through:

Important Dates

The dates of the midterm exams can be found on the course outline handout.

The submission deadlines for assignments in the course are as follows:

Required Texts/Materials

The required texts/materials for the course are listed on the course outline under the "Required Texts/Materials" heading (and consist of a textbook and lecture slides). These items are available from the University Bookstore.

The following handouts relate to the textbook and lecture slides:

The textbook has a web site, which can be found at:

The preceding web site contains resources that are potentially of interest to students in this course. In particular, the web site provides several versions of the textbook (including the most recent version) as e-books in PDF format. Also, the web site has a Google-Groups mailing list that students can join in order to receive announcements regarding new editions of the textbook. All students are encouraged to join the Google Group for the textbook.

Optional Texts/Materials

If an additional source of information for the material covered in the course is desired, the following optional textbook is recommended:

At least one copy of the optional textbook is available on reserve in the library. Some additional information regarding the optional textbook and its relationship to the material covered in the course is explained in the following handout:


Assignment Submission. Unless explicitly indicated otherwise, all assignments are to be submitted using the ECE 260 dropbox, which should be located in one of the following places:

  1. on the second floor of the ELW building by the elevator; or
  2. on the third floor of the ELW building near the room ELW B356.
The particular location should have been announced during the lectures, before the due date for the first assignment. Never submit an assignment by leaving it outside (or sliding it under the door of) the course instructor's office (EOW 311), as this will inevitably result in the assignment being received late or lost altogether. Late assignments will not be accepted and will receive a mark of zero.

Assignment Marking Issues. If you have any concerns about the marking of an assignment, please directly contact the TA who marked the assignment. For TA contact information and a list of which TAs marked which assignment questions, please refer to the Tutorial/Marker Teaching Assistants (TAs) section.

Assignment Handouts. The assignments problem sets are given on the following handouts:

Other Assignment Materials. Some other assignment-related downloads are as follows:

Assignment Solutions. The solutions for the assignments submitted to date are as follows:

Midterm Exams

The midterm exams have been scheduled as indicated on the course outline handout, which was distributed during the first lecture of the term.

Midterm Exam Preparation. Some documents that may be helpful for midterm exam preparation are as follows:

Midterm Exam Marking Issues. If you have any concerns about the marking of a midterm exam, please directly contact the TAs who marked the exam. If you have concerns about a specific question, you should contact the TA who marked that particular question. For inquiries that are not specific to a particular question on the exam (e.g., mark addition errors), you can contact any one of the TAs who marked the exam. For TA contact information and a list of which TAs marked which exam questions, please refer to the Tutorial/Marker Teaching Assistants (TAs) section.

Midterm Exam Solutions. The solutions for the midterm exams to date are as follows:

Final Exam

The final exam schedule has been posted online by the university administration and can be found here.

Stay tuned for more information.


Some of the assignment problems require the use of the MATLAB software. Students should be able to access MATLAB on the computers in the following labs:

It may also be possible to gain access to MATLAB on the computers located at the various Student Computing Facilities sites around campus. For more information, refer to the SFG web site. Please note that, even if MATLAB is available on these machines, it is not known whether all of the necessary toolboxes are installed on these systems. Therefore, standard disclaimers apply (mileage may vary, batteries not included, void where prohibited by law).

Some potentially helpful references on MATLAB include:

Miscellaneous Handouts

Extra Practice Problems (with Solutions)

If you are looking for additional sources of practice problems (with solutions), you may find the following online resources helpful:

Reserve Materials in Library

The following items are on reserve in the library:

For more details about the reserve materials, click here.


The number of tutorial sections varies from term to term with enrollment. The time and location for each of the tutorial sections is indicated on the course outline handout.

The names and contact information for each of the tutorial TAs can be found in the section titled Teaching Assistants (TAs) for Tutorials and Marking.

Sometimes a student may be unable to register in a tutorial section in a manner that is free of scheduling conflicts. If this situation arises, it is okay for the student in question to attend a tutorial section different from the one in which the student is registered as long as this does not prevent students who are registered in the tutorial section from having a seat in the tutorial classroom. In other words, it is okay to attend other tutorial sections as long as the tutorial classroom has extra space. If the tutorial classroom does not have extra space, priority must be given to those students who are registered in the tutorial section.

Other Information

The following links may also be of interest: