Module code: TON1026

Module Overview

This module is intended to advance your understanding of acoustics, circuit theory and analogue electronics, using a combination of theory and application.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

COLEMAN Philip (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 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

HE4 Acoustics and Electronics A

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • human auditory perception;

  • acoustic measurement and specification;

  • acoustic standards in music;

  • introduction to semiconductors;

  • the bipolar junction transistor;

  • bias circuits, small signal amplifier operation, and power amplifiers;

  • operational amplifiers (op-amps) and op-amp circuits;

  • frequency response, stability and compensation;

  • basic audio circuit design;

  • circuit diagrams and schematic reading;

  • component-level and system-level fault finding; -

  • electronic circuit construction, familiarisation with electronic components;

  • the use of electronics test and measurement equipment and procedures.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Acoustics coursework 10
Coursework Electronics coursework 25
Examination Examination (2 hours) 65

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, coursework).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework 1 (Acoustics) - class presentation on assigned research topic (addresses learning outcomes 4-7 & 16-17);

  • Coursework 2 (Electronics) - one written assignment, one lab report, and continuous assessment during labs (addresses learning outcomes 8-14 & 17-19); and

  • Exam - written paper under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1-11).

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, 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 advance your understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of acoustics and psychoacoustics
  • To introduce the fundamentals of electronic devices and amplifiers
  • To introduce important skills such as component level troubleshooting

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 methods used to measure 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 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 Research a technical topic, with guidance T
016 Present the findings of your research to an audience PT
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: 40

Seminar Hours: 8

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 or seminars per week

  • Five three-hour laboratory sessions

  • 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 2018/9 academic year.