Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
TON3012
Module Provider:
Music and Media
Level:
HE3
Number of Credits:
15
Module Title:
AUDIO ENGINEERING 3
Module Co-ordinator:
MASON RD Dr (Music & Med)
 
 
ECTS Credits
7.5

Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkCoursework - Essay30
Examination2-Hour Examination70

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Qualifying condition(s)

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

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.

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 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

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:
 
1. describe the relationships between interchannel signal properties, interaural signal
properties, and auditory spatial perception (C, K)
2. discuss the problems that must be overcome to implement spatial audio reproduction
systems (C, K)
3. describe the general principles of perceptual audio coding (C, K)
4. describe how these principles are applied in MPEG 1 and 2 layers 1, 2, and 3 (C, K)
5. describe the general principles of audio watermarking (C, K)
6. describe the principles of computer networks and their application in transmitting realtime
audio signals (C, K)
 
In addition, you will have demonstrated the following professional and transferable skills:
• Research skills (T)
• Problem solving (T)
• Cogent written argumentation (T, P)
 
Key: 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
 
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.
 
Feedback
 
Written feedback will be given on the coursework. Verbal feedback will be given on regular
revision questions in lectures.

 

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.

 

Feedback

Written  feedback  will  be  given  on  the  coursework.  Verbal  feedback  will  be  given  on  regular

 

revision questions in lectures.

Module Hours

Lecture Hours:36

Reading List

TON3012: AUDIO ENGINEERING 3

Last Updated

04 October 2016 by GODFREY L Miss (Qual. Enh. & S)