Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
TON1021
Module Provider:
Music and Media
Level:
HE1
Number of Credits:
15
Module Title:
ACOUSTICS AND COMPUTER AUDIO SYSTEMS A
Module Co-ordinator:
BROOKES TS Dr (Music & Med)
 
 
ECTS Credits
7.5

Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkComputer Audio Systems Coursework30
ExaminationExamination (2 Hours)70

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Qualifying condition(s):

This module is core and will require you to pass every unit of assessment with a mark of at least 40%.

Module Overview

This module is intended to introduce you to acoustics, psychoacoustics and computer systems using a combination of theory and application.

Prerequisites/Co-requisites

• None for Tonmeister students.

Module Aims

• To introduce you to theoretical and practical aspects of acoustics and psychoacoustics.
• To provide a theoretical understanding and a practical working knowledge of computer
systems, and their use in the control and processing of audio and MIDI data.
 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:
 
1. Explain the transmission of sound though a medium and around obstacles. (C, K)
2. Perform calculations relating to sound pressure, power and intensity levels. (C, K)
3. Discuss the acoustical factors relating to the perception of timbre. (C, K)
4. Explain the mechanisms of sound production in a range of musical instruments and in the human voice. (C, K)
5. Explain the behaviour of sound in enclosed spaces, with reference to free, near and diffuse sound fields; standing waves; sound absorption, reflection and transmission; and reverberation. (C, K)
6. Recommend appropriate treatment to modify the acoustics of a given enclosed space. (C, K, P)
7. Explain why the decimal, binary, hexadecimal and two’s complement formats are commonly used in audio engineering, perform simple arithmetic operations in each format and convert numbers between the different formats. (C, K)
8. Explain the operating principles of a microprocessor-based computer system. (C, K)
9. Explain the hardware and software principles of MIDI control. (C, K)
10. Write computer code to perform simple MIDI processing tasks. (C, K, T)
 
Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills

Module Content

The following is an indication of the likely topics to be covered:
 
Acoustic fundamentals and the decibel.
Musical acoustics and the human voice.
Room acoustics and acoustic treatment.
Number systems (decimal, binary, hexadecimal and two’s complement).
Microprocessor-based computer systems.
Computer-based audio and MIDI systems.
The MIDI protocol, hardware and software.
Basic software engineering and the MaxMSP programming environment.
 

Methods of Teaching/Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop your skills and knowledge in
acoustics and computer audio systems, allowing modules in later semesters to build on this
knowledge.
 
The learning and teaching methods include:
 
• Two two-hour lectures per week
• In-class exercises
• Practical classroom demonstrations
• Guided reading
• Coursework assignments and feedback
 
The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and
develop subject knowledge (exam) and programming skills (coursework).
 
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
 
• Coursework – two programming tasks for MaxMSP (addresses learning outcomes 9–
10); and
• 2hr exam – written paper under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1–8).
Formative assessment
 
There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback
will be given to you in tutorials as required, during the in-class exercises, and in the form of
regular revision questions in lectures.
 
Feedback
 
Written feedback will be given on your coursework.
 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop subject knowledge (exam) and programming skills (coursework).

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•      Coursework – two programming tasks for MaxMSP (addresses learning outcomes 9– 10); and

•      2hr exam – written paper under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1–8).

 

Formative  assessment

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

 

Feedback

Written feedback will be given on your coursework.

Reading List

TON1021: ACOUSTICS AND COMPUTER AUDIO SYSTEMS A

Last Updated

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