Module code: FVP1001

Module Overview

This module is intended to introduce the theory of professional audio systems engineering, professional recording operations and equipment,and the practical operation of a range of recording equipment.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

HAIGH A Mr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W614

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None for FVPT students

Module content

Indicative content includes:

The decibel
Balanced, unbalanced and co-axial circuits
Jackfield wiring schemes and systems diagrams
Microphone operation
Stereophonic microphone techniques
Audio metering
Equipment test and measurement.
PCM digital audio
Digital audio interfaces
Safety and session etiquette


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAM (1.5 HOURS) 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop knowledge and understanding of audio engineering principles (Coursework 1 and exam). Their ability to apply this knowledge and understanding depends upon their Critical Listening skills, which are assessed in Coursework 2.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework 1 – Two equally weighted assignments answering practical problems (engineering calculations/signal design and essay-style questions), 30%, 1000 words each (addresses learning outcomes 1 –  6).
Coursework 2 – Continuous assessment. Performance in lab sessions, background reading and lab book keeping.
Exam – Written paper given under exam conditions, 50%, 1.5 hours, exam period (addresses learning outcomes 1 –  8).

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 seminar 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.

Module aims

  • Introduce the theory of professional audio systems engineering
  • Introduce professional recording operations and equipment
  • Introduce the operation of a range of professional recording equipment

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Define and make use of the dB KCP
002 Explain the need for and make use of balanced, unbalanced and co-axial circuits KCP
003 Describe the jackfield wiring schemes and audio systems diagrams used in broadcast installations KCP
004 Describe the principle of operation and operational characteristics of types of professional microphones KCP
005 Relate hearing mechanisms to stereo recording techniques KC
006 Describe the technical and operational characteristics of PPMs and VU meters KCP
007 Describe the technical specifications needed for frequency response, noise and distortion in professional audio and relate this to professional audio in practice  KCP
008 Describe the technical features of the AES-3 and MADI digital audio interfaces KC
009 Critical listening skills PT
010 Problem solving T
011 Group work PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 12

Independent Study Hours: 102

Lecture Hours: 24

Laboratory Hours: 12

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop practical and critical listening skills and knowledge in fundamental audio engineering, which students will build on in subsequent modules. The practical and critical listening skills are taught in small seminar groups allowing multiple feedback and interaction points. The strategy also introduces techniques and styles of academic writing, including correct procedures for citation, that will be critical to student success in FHEQ levels 5 and 6.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Eleven two-hour lectures (plus revision lecture in week 12)
Six two-hour laboratory sessions.
Six two-hour practical workshops on equipment knowledge, operation and critical listening
Guided reading


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

Reading list for AUDIO FUNDAMENTALS :

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 2018/9 academic year.