Module code: TON3012

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MASON RD Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 114

Lecture Hours: 36

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK - ESSAY 30
Examination 2-HOUR EXAMINATION 70

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

 Level 4 Acoustics and Computer Audio Systems A & B  Level 4 Audio Engineering and Recording Techniques A & B  Level 4 Electronics and Audio Signal Processing A & B  Level 5 Video Engineering

Module overview

This module is intended to develop understanding of audio engineering from years 1 & 2, and apply this to the technologies of recently-developed audio systems and techniques.

Module aims

To further develop understanding of spatial audio perception and its application in a range of reproduction systems

To introduce you to perceptual audio coding systems

To introduce you to audio watermarking systems

To further develop knowledge and understanding of audio networking systems and devices

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Describe the relationships between interchannel signal properties, interaural signal properties, and auditory spatial perception KC
2 Discuss the problems that must be overcome to implement spatial audio reproduction systems KC
3 Describe the general principles of perceptual audio coding KC
4 Describe how these principles are applied in MPEG 1 and 2 layers 1, 2, and 3 KC
5 Describe the general principles of audio watermarking KC
6 Describe the principles of computer networks and their application in transmitting realtime audio signals KC
7 Research skills T
8 Problem solving T
9 Cogent written argumentation PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

The relationships between interchannel and interaural signal properties for various reproduction systems.
The relationships between the signals arriving at the ears and spatial audio perception.
The methods available to simulate aspects of spatial audio perception using a range of loudspeaker- and headphone-based techniques.
The main components of perceptual audio coding systems, including appropriate filterbanks, transforms, masking models and scale factors.
The main components of audio watermarking systems, including spectrum spreading, phase manipulation, and echo hiding.
The meaning and role of each layer in computer networking systems.
The requirements and selected standards for real-time professional audio over computer networks.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop your knowledge and understanding of aspects of audio engineering, particularly recently-developed audio systems and techniques. This is developed via lectures and demonstrations, as well as by completion of coursework and weekly revision questions.


The learning and teaching methods include:


• One three-hour lecture per week

• Guided reading

• Coursework assignments and feedback






Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop knowledge and understanding of audio engineering principles (coursework and exam).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•      Coursework – one written assignment with a word limit of 3,000 words related to spatial audio (addressing learning outcomes 1 & 2).

•      2 hr exam – Written paper given under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1-6).

Formative  assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to you in tutorials, and in the form of regular revision questions in lectures.


Written  feedback  will  be  given  on  the  coursework.  Verbal  feedback  will  be  given  on  regular revision questions in lectures.

Reading list

Reading list for AUDIO ENGINEERING 3 :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.