Module code: TON1025

Module Overview

This module is intended to introduce you to acoustics, psychoacoustics, circuit theory and analogue electronics, using a combination of theory and application.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

BROOKES Timothy (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: H341

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None for Tonmeister students.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • acoustic fundamentals and the decibel;

  • musical acoustics and the human voice;

  • room acoustics and acoustic treatment;

  • Kirchhoff's laws & Ohm's law;

  • DC circuit analysis;

  • Thevenin & Norton equivalent circuits;

  • resistance, capacitance & inductance;

  • AC circuit elements and steady-state analysis;

  • use of complex numbers and phasor diagrams;

  • introduction to mesh and nodal analysis;

  • circuit time and frequency response;

  • simple filter circuits;

  • use of Bode plots;

  • practical electronic circuit construction;

  • use of electronics test and measurement equipment.

Assessment pattern

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

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 subject knowledge and understanding (exam and coursework).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Electronics Coursework - one written assignment, one lab report, and continuous assessment during labs (addresses learning outcomes 7-19); and

  • Exam - written paper under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1-13).

Formative assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to you in tutorials as required, throughout the laboratory sessions, during the in-class exercises, 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 you to theoretical and practical aspects of acoustics and psychoacoustics
  • To introduce the fundamentals of circuit analysis and analogue electronics
  • To encourage a technical awareness that will be of general use throughout your career

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain the transmission of sound though a medium and around obstacles KC
002 Perform calculations relating to sound pressure, power and intensity levels KC
003 Discuss the acoustical factors relating to the perception of timbre KC
004 Explain the mechanisms of sound production in a range of musical instruments and in the human voice KC
005 Explain the behaviour of sound in enclosed spaces, with reference to free, near and diffuse sound fields; standing waves; sound absorption, reflection and transmission; and reverberation KC
006 Recommend appropriate treatment to modify the acoustics of a given enclosed space KCP
007 Explain the relationships between power, voltage and current in DC and AC circuits KC
008 Explain concepts of reactance and impedance KC
009 Explain the concepts of ideal current and voltage sources and measurement devices KC
010 Perform circuit analysis using Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws and the Norton and Thevenin theorems 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 KCP
015 Use with competence standard test equipment including the oscilloscope, digital multi-meter and signal generator KCP
016 Report experimental findings concisely in verbal and written form KCPT
017 Apply problem-solving skills successfully T
018 Work competently in a laboratory PT
019 Work effectively in a group 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: develop your skills and knowledge in acoustics, analogue electronics and circuit analysis, allowing modules in later semesters to build on this knowledge.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Two two-hour lectures per week

  • Five three-hour laboratory sessions

  • In-class exercises

  • 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) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) 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 2018/9 academic year.