Module code: TON3013

Module Overview

This module forms a one of the major specialisations of Level 6 and consists of two main components. You will have the opportunity to research an aspect of operational audio engineering or sound recording of your choice (presented as either a written paper or recorded documentary), and to present this to the rest of the year so that colleagues learn from your findings. You will also have the opportunity to develop skills as recording engineers and present a compilation of the best of their recorded material.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

HAIGH Caroline (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: J931

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

• Level 4 Audio Engineering and Recording Techniques A & B • Level 5 Recording Techniques

Module content

The  content  of  the  seminar  will  be  agreed  between  you  and  the  module  co-ordinator  at  the plenary sessions held during Semester 1.

The portfolio of recordings must contain:

  • A large scale “classical” item recorded on location

  • A classical item, edited and produced under studio session conditions.

  • A multitracked “pop” recording.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate excellence in recording and post-production skills in a variety of music genres; skills in researching, writing and presenting a paper or in researching, writing or making a documentary on an operational topic; and skills in answering questions on a technical topic in a coherent way.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•      Coursework 1 – Recording Techniques Seminar. The first element of this coursework (20%) involves either writing a paper (3,000 words) or making a documentary 20-30 minutes in length. The second element of  the  Recording  Techniques  Seminar coursework (5%) is the presentation of the paper, or the public playback of the documentary followed by question and answer session of 15-20 minutes, in Semester 2 (addresses learning outcomes 5-6).

•      Coursework 2 – Portfolio of Recordings: A compilation of recordings, total running time 25-35 mins minutes (addresses learning outcomes 1-4).

Formative  assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to individual students in listening sessions, in tutorials during operational workshops, and following their presentations or playback of their documentaries.


Students will receive written feedback on their written paper or documentary, verbal feedback in operational workshops and listening sessions, and verbal feedback on their portfolio of recordings.

Module aims

  • Provide you with operational experience building on the previous parts of the course that is relevant to a career in the sound recording and broadcast industries
  • Provide an opportunity to develop individual areas of operational interest and expertise
  • Increase familiarity with, and understanding of, specialised areas of operational audio engineering and sound recording which are not normally covered in the formal lecture modules
  • Help you gain confidence in making formal presentations and answering questions on their ideas to small groups

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Plan and manage a range of types of recording session KCPT
002 Make recordings of a range of genres of music to a high standard KCP
003 Edit session recordings to a high standard to produce a CD master KCP
004 Assemble a compilation of a variety of musical styles applying good production standards KCP
005 Research independently an operational topic and present ideas in a coherent form, either as a recorded documentary or as a presentation and as a written paper KCT
006 Ask and answer questions in subjects related to recording techniques and audio engineering KC
007 Research skills T
008 Group work PT
009 Leadership skills PT
010 Time management PT
011 Person management PT
012 Problem solving PT
013 Self-directed learning
014 Presentation skills PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 9

Independent Study Hours: 410

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 16

Tutorial Hours: 4

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop your skills in audio recording and post-production techniques for the music recording and broadcast industries. It will also provide opportunities for discussion and debate.


The learning and teaching methods include:


• Two two-hour plenary sessions at the beginning of Semester 1.

• Eight two-hour seminars in Semester 2 during which each student will give a presentation on their paper topic or have their documentary played back.

• Three three-hour workshops run by visiting professionals.

• Eleven one hour listening sessions in small groups for formative feedback on recordings


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 PORTFOLIO OF RECORDINGS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/ton3013

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)(CORE) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons)(CORE) Year-long 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.