Module code: TON2018

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

HAIGH A Mr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK - ESSAY 30
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 70

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Level 4 Audio Engineering and Recording Techniques A & B

Module overview

This module will introduce you to aspects of video engineering systems, from 625-line analogue systems to digitally-delivered HD systems. It concentrates on why video engineering is important to professional audio systems (e.g. as a source for digital synchronisation signals) and emphasises the knowledge and understanding that is needed by an audio professional (operational or maintenance), rather than a designer of video systems.

Module aims

To introduce you to analogue video coding systems.

To develop an understanding of issues in synchronising audio and video content.

To introduce you to digital video coding systems.

To introduce you to some common video formats and interfaces.

To introduce you to audio coding systems used in common video broadcast systems.

To show the practical workings of a TV studio in a news interview situation

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Describe the basic technical features of analogue and digital video standards KCP
Describe the three colour system and explain how colour can be measured with reference to common video colour spaces. KCP
Describe the 4:4:4, 4:2:2, 4:1:1, and 4:2:0 formats described in ITU-R BT 601 and 656 KCT
Describe the methods used by the MPEG2 standards to reduce the bit rate. KC
Describe the technical features of all SMPTE or EBU time code formats. KC
Explain how an understanding of the human visual system can be used to reduce data rates KCT
Transferrable subject knowledge T
Group and team work in a TV studio situation P
Problem solving T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


• Analogue video coding.

• MPEG video coding.

• SMPTE and EBU time code formats.

• The serial digital interface and embedded audio

• High Definition Video formats

• Digital cinema.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop your practical skills and knowledge in fundamental video engineering, useful to audio professionals. The practical skills are taught in small seminar groups allowing multiple feedback and interaction points. The strategy also builds on and refines your techniques and styles of academic writing, including correct procedures for citation that will be critical to student success in FHEQ level 6.


The learning and teaching methods include:


• One two-hour lecture per week.

• Five hours of practical sessions.

• Coursework assignments and feedback.

• Guided reading.



Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop knowledge and understanding of video engineering principles (Coursework 1 and exam).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•      Coursework  – essay/paper, 30%, 2500 words, (addresses learning outcome 1).

•      2hr exam, 70% (addresses learning outcome 1-6).

Formative  assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to individual students in tutorials and throughout in seminars and practical workshops.


Written feedback is given on both assignments in Coursework 1. Students receive verbal feedback on their practical work throughout the module, particularly in seminars and practical workshops.

Reading list

Reading list for VIDEO ENGINEERING :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)/BMus (Hons)(CORE) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% 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.