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Introduction to MATLAB - ELE00112M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Martin Robinson
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

Students are introduced to a powerful and versatile program that is widely used in science and engineering. Starting from basic functions such as simple data processing, they move rapidly on, through a series of laboratory exercises, to data plotting, complex numbers, linear algebra and statistics. Students are encouraged in these laboratories to experiment and to learn about the huge range of built-in functions that Matlab has to offer. They also get useful experience in programming techniques and in creating their own Matlab functions. Finally, for their individual assignment, they write Matlab code to analyse and synthesise signals for a real communications system.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To demonstrate how MATLAB can be used to solve a range of engineering problems

Graduate skills aims:

  • To introduce MATLAB as a tool for technical computing

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Undertake arithmetic on scalars, vectors and matrices

  • Create 2D and 3D plots of mathematical functions and data

  • Carry out Monte-Carlo simulations

  • Solve a number of signal processing problems

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Write MATLAB functions and scripts to solve engineering problems

Module content

Through this module, you will learn about:

The MATLAB Environment; the command window; scalar arithmetic; formatting and rounding variables; further arithmetic operations; complex numbers; input/output operations; vector representation and manipulation; vector arithmetic; matrix representation and manipulation; matrix arithmetic; solutions to sets of linear equations; special matrices; symbolic computation; two dimensional (2D) plots; advanced 2D plotting; three dimensional (3D) plots; statistical functions; random numbers; writing functions; conditional statements; programming loops; laplace transforms; fourier series; fourier transforms.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback


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Indicative reading

* David McMahon - MATLAB Demystified - Prentice Hall

* Vinay K. Ingle and John G. Proakis - Digital Signal Processing Using MATLAB - Cengage- Engineering; 2 edition (August 10, 2006)

++ Andr © Quinquis Digital Signal Processing Using Matlab (Hardcover) -Wiley-ISTE; 1 edition (April 4, 2008)

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