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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Computation/Simulation
Module Code EE317
School School of Electronic Engineering

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Conor BrennanOffice NumberS339
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To introduce students to the concepts and skills of numerical methods in engineering contexts such as signal processing, control systems and telecommunications. To make students aware of the appropriate use of numerical methods and the power (and limitations) of such tools. To provide experience in the use of general purpose computational environments for analysis and simulation of systems in a range of engineering applications. Targetted environments include Matlab and C.

Learning Outcomes

1. demonstrate that they recognise the role of numerical approaches to solving engineering problems
2. describe the key numerical methods applied to engineering problems
3. choose the appropriate method to solve a problem, recognising the strengths and limitations of various methods.
4. derive formulas for solving particular problems from a generic starting point.
5. design an appropriate numerical approach to a given engineering problem described in general terms.
6. demonstrate that they can communicate technical results from engineering problems solved using numerical approaches
7. demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively in a team environment to solve engineering problems.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Classroom - based lectures
Laboratory12Computer based laboratory work
Group work20Group-based assignment work
Assignment Completion20Independent contribution towards group work
Independent Study50Independent learning
Total Workload: 126

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Overview of engineering computation algorithms and methods. Issues in engineering computation. Solutions to sets of linear equations. Solution of over determined systems. Polynomial curve fitting. Iterative techniques and applications. Solution of ODEs. Solution of PDEs. Random number generation

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Akai, T.J.: 0, Applied Numerical Methods for Engineers, Wiley, 1994,
  • Erwin Kreyszig: 1993, Advanced engineering mathematics, Wiley, New York, 0471553808
  • Robert Sedgewick: 1983, Algorithms, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 0201066726
  • Kheir N.A. (Ed): 1988, Systems modelling and computer simulation,
  • Neelamkavil F: 1987, Computer Simulation and Modeling, Wiley,
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