Module code: TON1019

Module Overview

This module will introduce you to circuit theory, analogue electronics, and audio signal processing using a combination of theory and application, to give you the background needed for a wide range of the technical modules in each year of the Tonmeister programme.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

DE SENA E 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 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

• None for Tonmeister students.

Module content

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


• Current and voltage definitions, resistive elements, Kirchhoff’s laws & Ohm’s law. Network reduction, analysis techniques and theorems.

• Resistive networks (series & parallel), voltage & current sources, Thevenin & Norton equivalent circuits, current and voltage division, input resistance, output resistance.

• Energy storage elements, capacitance & inductance. AC circuit elements.  Alternating current, simple ac steady-state sinusoidal analysis. 

• Components vs elements. 

• Power dissipation & RMS, phasor diagrams. 

• Introduction to complex number representation. Definition of complex impedance and use with complex numbers. 

• AC circuit analysis with complex numbers: introduction to mesh and nodal analysis.

• Time response (natural & step responses). Frequency response RLC circuits, resonance & Q-factor. 

• Use of differential equations and their solutions. Simple filter and band-pass circuits. Introduction to second order circuit. Use of Bode plots.

• Electronic circuit construction, familiarisation with electronic components.

• The use of electronics test and measurement equipment.

• Complex numbers.

• Matrices.

• Differentiation and integration.

• The Dirac delta function.

• The Fourier transform.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 50

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 Electronics coursework you will be asked to complete an additional experiment during the Summer vacation and write a lab report, which will be assessed.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop your knowledge and understanding of electronics (Electronics Coursework and exam), and audio signal processing (Audio Signal Processing Coursework and exam).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•      Electronics Coursework – one written assignment answering practical problems, one lab report, and continuous assessment during labs (addresses learning outcomes 1-16).

•      Audio Signal Processing Coursework – two signal processing assignments consisting of mathematical problems (addresses learning outcomes 17-22).

•      2hr exam – Written paper given under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1-13 & 17-21).

Formative  assessment

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


Verbal feedback will be provided in laboratory experiments. Written feedback will be given on the coursework  assignments.

Module aims

  • To introduce the fundamentals of circuit analysis and analogue electronics. 
  • To encourage a technical awareness that will be of general use throughout your career.
  • To build on previous mathematical knowledge and understanding to provide the relevant mathematical and signal processing background for modules in Acoustics, Electroacoustics, Sound Synthesis and Audio Engineering.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Use Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws and the Norton and Thevenin theorems. KC
002 Discuss the concepts of input impedance and output impedance. KC
003 Explain the concept of ideal voltage and current sources. KC
004 Explain the concept of ideal voltmeters and ammeters. KC
005 Explain the concept of input and output impedance of a circuit. KC
006 Explain the relationship between power, voltage and current. KC
007 Recognise different types of time dependent signals. KC
008 Calculate power and RMS values for alternating voltage and current. KC
009 Describe the behaviour of capacitors and inductors in DC and AC circuits. KC
010 Explain the concepts of reactance and impedance. KC
011 Apply complex (j) notation and phasor diagrams to AC circuits. KC
012 Apply pulse and step functions to RC, RL and RCL circuits. KC
013 Explain the concept of frequency response for a circuit. KC
014 Construct and analyse the behaviour of basic electronic circuits. KC
015 Use with competence standard test equipment including the oscilloscope, digital multi-meter and signal generator. KC
016 Report experimental findings concisely in verbal and written form. KCT
017 Perform simple arithmetic operations on complex numbers; plot complex numbers on an Argand diagram; recognise the Cartesian, polar and exponential forms and convert complex numbers between the different forms; represent simple harmonic signals as complex phasors. KC
018 Perform simple operations on matrices and use matrices to solve systems of linear equations. KC
019 Differentiate and integrate functions of a single variable. KC
020 Be able to manipulate signals involving the Dirac delta function, including the sifting property. KC
021 Use the Fourier transform to represent a signal in both the time domain and the frequency domain. KC
022 Use Matlab to plot signals KCT
023 Programming skills PT
024 Problem solving T
025 Laboratory skills PT
026 Group work skills T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 87

Lecture Hours: 48

Laboratory Hours: 15

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: further develop skills and knowledge in

analogue electronics, circuit analysis, and signal processing, allowing modules in later years to

build on this knowledge.


The learning and teaching methods include:


• Two two-hour lectures per week

• Five three-hour laboratory sessions

• 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

Reading list for ELECTRONICS AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING A : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/ton1019

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.