Module code: TON1022

Module Overview

This  module  is  intended  to  advance  your  understanding  of  acoustics,  psychoacoustics  and computer systems.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

HUMMERSONE C Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: J930

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

• HE4 Acoustics and Computer Audio Systems A  

Module content

The following is an indication of the likely topics to be covered:


Human auditory perception.
Acoustic measurement and specification.
Acoustic standards in music.
Computer-based audio systems.
Storage and interfacing in computer audio systems.
Software engineering and MaxMSP programming.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop subject knowledge (exam, coursework 1) and programming skills (coursework 2).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•      Coursework 1 – class presentation on assigned research topic (addresses learning outcomes 5–7 & 12–13);

•      Coursework 2 – Advanced computer-based practical assignment (addresses learning outcomes 10–11); and

•      2hr exam – written paper under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1–4 & 8–9).

Formative  assessment

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


Written feedback will be given on your coursework.

Module aims

  • To advance your understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of acoustics and psychoacoustics.
  • To advance your theoretical understanding and practical working knowledge of computer systems, and their use in the control and processing of audio and MIDI data.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain the processes involved in human auditory perception, including pitch perception, loudness perception, directional perception, auditory masking and hearing impairment KC
002 Discuss the measurement and specification of sound levels KC
003 Calculate the recommended safe duration for exposure to sound of a given level KC
004 Discuss the relationships between noise level regulations and hearing impairment KC
005 Discuss the factors to be considered when designing an enclosed space for an acoustic purpose KC
006 Discuss the theory and practice of musical pitch and tuning standards KC
007 Discuss the practicalities of binaural recording and reproduction KC
008 Discuss the relative merits of alternative computer storage devices and interfaces KC
009 Discuss issues relating to computer-based audio systems KC
010 Write computer code to perform advanced MIDI processing tasks KC
011 Plan and codify a set of procedures to perform a specific task T
012 Research a technical topic, with guidance T
013 Present the findings of your research to an audience PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 102

Lecture Hours: 40

Seminar Hours: 8

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 or seminars per week

• Practical classroom demonstrations

• Guided reading

• Coursework assignments and feedback


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)(CORE) 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons)(CORE) 2 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.