Module code: TON1020

Module Overview

This module is intended to advance your understanding of circuit theory, analogue electronics, and audio signal processing using a combination of theory and application. This should 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 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

• Year 1 Electronics and Audio Signal Processing A.

Module content

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

Introduction to semiconductors, the PN junction, diodes, diode applications, rectification, power supply design
The bipolar junction transistor, construction, basic operation, use as an amplifier, use as a switch
Bias circuits, small signal amplifier operation, power amplifiers
Operational amplifiers, the ideal/non-ideal op-amp
Frequency response, stability and compensation
Basic op-amp circuits, adders, differentiators, integrators, comparators, active filters
Basic audio circuit design
Circuit diagrams and schematic reading
Practical electronics skills
Component and system level fault finding
Introduction to audio test equipment procedures
Electronic circuit construction, familiarisation with electronic components
The use of electronics test and measurement equipment
Convolution of two signals
Linear time invariant systems, impulse responses, transfer functions and Bode plots
The z-transform
FIR and IIR digital filters
Designing digital filters
Common audio effects

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 1-7).

•      Audio Signal Processing Coursework – two signal processing assignments consisting of mathematical problems (addresses learning outcomes 8-12).

•      2hr exam – Written paper given under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1-4 & 10-12).

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 electronic devices and amplifiers.
  • To introduce important skills such as component level troubleshooting.
  • To continue to give you the necessary signal processing background for audio engineering.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain the theory of operation of semiconductor devices KC
009 Describe the characteristics of ideal and real diodes (including zener diodes) KC
010 Analyse the operation of simple power supply circuits, and specify components for a given performance KCP
011 Design and analyse simple transistor amplifiers and op-amp amplifiers KCP
012 Use an audio test system to measure basic audio system parameters such as signal-to –noise ratio and THD+N KCP
013 Use basic fault finding and troubleshooting methods to identify common audio equipment faults KCP
014 Predict the behaviour of a circuit through the study of circuit diagrams KCPT
015 Perform convolution on two signals in both the time and frequency domains KCP
016 Calculate the impulse response and transfer function of linear time invariant systems (including comb filters) and plot the phase and magnitude response KCP
002 Discuss the differences between FIR and IIR digital filters KC
003 Design and test digital audio filters using a computer-aided approach KCP
004 Discuss the techniques used for common audio effects KC
005 Programming skills PT
006 Problem solving PT
007 Laboratory skills T
008 Group work skills PT

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 B : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/ton1020

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.