Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
TON2013
Module Provider:
Music and Media
Level:
HE2
Number of Credits:
15
Module Title:
AUDIO LABORATORY
Module Co-ordinator:
HAIGH A Mr (Music & Med)
 
 
ECTS Credits
7.5

Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkCoursework 1: Lab Report50
CourseworkCoursework 2: Continuous Assessment50

Alternative Assessment

As this module involves Continuous Assessment, it is not feasible to run an identical resit of this aspect during the Summer vacation. In view of this, if you fail the Continuous Assessment you will be asked to complete an additional experiment during the Summer vacation, which will be assessed.

Qualifying  condition(s)

A mark of at least 40% in each unit of assessment is required to pass the module.

Module Overview

This module is intended to introduce you to the principles of operation, analysis and design of loudspeakers as well as providing you with a solid grounding in audio test and measurement techniques.

Prerequisites/Co-requisites

  • Level 4 Electronics and Audio Signal Processing A and B
  • Level 4 Acoustics and Computer Audio Systems A and B

Module Aims

 This module aims to:

  • familiarise you with audio test and measurement techniques

Learning Outcomes

 On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Operate a range of audio test and measurement equipment (C, K, P)
  2. Perform a selection of electrical, electromagnetic and digital audio tests, the detailed objectives of which are described in the Laboratory Handbook (C, K, P)
  3. Report concisely the results of those tests in both verbal and written form (C, T)
  4. Work successfully in a small group, and prepare yourself for an experimental task with appropriate prior reading (C, K, T)

 In addition, you will have demonstrated the following professional and transferable skills:

  • Laboratory skills (P)
  • Group work (T)
  • Problem solving (T)

Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills

Module Content

 Indicative content includes:

  • Audio test and measurement procedures
  • The use of Fast Fourier Transform and Spectrogram in analysing audio signals
  • Acoustic measurements of a room to BS EN ISO 3382
  • Jitter and Eye Patterns, quantisation, dither and worklength issues in digital audio

Methods of Teaching/Learning

 The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop professional skills and deepen understanding of theoretical knowledge by exploration of practical phenomena in small groups. The strategy will also improve your academic report writing skills.

 The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Two one hour lectures (an introductory lecture in week 1 plus a group feedback session in week 6)
  • Eight four-hour laboratory sessions (in weeks 3 – 12), with one experiment to be completed each week.
  • Guided reading prior to each experiment.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate academic writing skills, with feedback from the first formative report to be used immediately to improve performance on the second assessed report. Teamwork and critical thinking are assessed in small groups with one-to-one guidance from staff.
 
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
 
• Coursework – Lab Report, 50%, 3000 words (addresses learning outcomes 1 – 3).
• Continuous assessment, 50% (addresses learning outcome 4).
 
Formative assessment
 
• Formative Lab Report, 2000 - 3000 words, week 5 (addresses learning outcomes 1 –
3). Indicative mark and written feedback will be given.
 
Formative assessment is also provided through coursework feedback and continuous interaction during lab sessions.
 
Feedback
 
You will receive written feedback on your coursework and verbal feedback on your practical work throughout the module. There will also be intro and interim lectures for group feedback.

 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate academic writing skills, with feedback from the first formative report to be used immediately to improve performance on the second assessed report. Teamwork and critical thinking are assessed in small groups with one-to-one guidance from staff.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•      Coursework  – Lab Report, 50%, 3000 words (addresses learning outcomes 1 – 3).

•      Continuous assessment, 50% (addresses learning outcome 4).

Formative  assessment

•      Formative Lab Report, 2000 - 3000 words, week 5 (addresses learning outcomes 1 – 3). Indicative mark and written feedback will be given.

Formative assessment is also provided through coursework feedback and continuous interaction during lab sessions.

Feedback

You will receive written feedback on your coursework and verbal feedback on your practical work throughout the module. There will also be intro and interim lectures for group feedback.

Reading List

TON2013: AUDIO LABORATORY AND ELECTROACOUSTICS A

Last Updated

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