Module code: EEE3034

Module Overview

Expected prior learning: It is helpful, but not essential, to have studied module EEE2044 – Media Processing (5-mep).

Expected parallel learning: It is helpful to study module EEE3029 – Multimedia Systems & Component Technologies (6-mms) in parallel with this module.

Module purpose:  This module will develop a range of topics relating to media broadcast and webcast systems, including capture, compression, transmission and monitoring technologies for audio and video content. It will analyse the latest developments in component technologies, systems, services, and key international standards (ISO/MPEG, ITU) enabling the latest phenomenal growth in the industry. Using lectures, worked examples, and tutorial exercises participating students will gain the must-have knowledge and skills to succeed professionally.


Module provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

BOBER Miroslaw (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Laboratory Hours: 3

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Part 1  Video engineering

  1. Overview of video in the broadcast context.

  2. Video engineering concepts and standards.

  3. Compression standards for broadcast, internet distribution and streaming.

  4. Managing video in a production environment.

  5. Timecodes, synchronization, subtitles and other metadata.

  6. Video transmission over IP networks.

  7. Data storage technologies for broadcast video.

  8. Content delivery to the media consumer.

  9. Mediacast quality assessment and monitoring.

Part 2  Audio engineering

  1. Audio engineering concepts and standards.

  2. Overview of audio in the broadcast context.

  3. Computer-based audio systems.

  4. Software engineering and the MAX programming environment.

  5. Sound synthesis.

  6. Audio production.

  7. Broadcast audio storage, transmission.

  8. Audio and speech content delivery to the consumer.

  9. Audio quality assessment and monitoring.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ASSESSED CW 25

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable: students failing a unit of assessment resit the assessment in its original format.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following.


Student progress is assessed based on the lab reports and on the examination results. The examination is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have attained the module learning outcomes, including broad knowledge of applicable industry standards, key technologies and their limitations and analytical skills required.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of the following.

·         2-hour, closed-book written examination

·         Lab/coursework (2 reports) – provisional report submission date wk 10


Any deadline given here is indicative. For confirmation of exact date and time, please check the Departmental assessment calendar issued to you.


Formative assessment and feedback


For the module, students will receive formative assessment/feedback in the following ways.

·         During lectures, by question and answer sessions

·         During lectures, by solving problems in groups with feebback from the lecturer and colleagues

·         During tutorials/tutorial classes

·         By means of unassessed tutorial problem sheets (with answers/model solutions)

·         During supervised computer laboratory sessions

·         Via the marking of written reports

Module aims

  • The module has been designed to develop students' understanding of the media distribution systems that provide the cornerstone of the digital society. Students will be introduced to a systems view of the signals, their transmission and monitoring, incorporating topics such as HD and 3D video, compression and storage, and important applications of audio, video and internet engineering.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate a working knowledge of the nature of audio and video broadcast systems K
2 Identify the relevant standards for media content distribution, select optimal operating parameters KCP
3 Analyse media distribution system architecture and propose improvements KCP
4 Describe and discuss the principles of media broadcast and webcast KP
5 Critically assess methods for monitoring broadcast quality KCP
6 Predict the performance limitations of audio/video distribution system specification CP
7 Work in team to solve complex engineering problems were knowledge is distributed between team members PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve the following aims.

The module learning and teaching strategy is focussed on achieving module learning outcomes, in particular:

  • core concepts, technologies, design principles are explained during the lectures and their understanding promoted via mini tasks solved in groups, with peer-support and feedback.

  • students read recommended additional material to broaden the understanding of the key topics and recent developments.

  • supervised laboratory work followed by a guided individual study, analysis of the results and report writing helps students to develop analytical skills and report writing skills.

  • report assessment gives students feedback on how they performed.

  • problem revision lectures.

Learning and teaching methods include the following:

  • Lectures outlining the key topics.

  • Class discussion.

  • Solving technical problems in groups with support from peers and the lecturers.

  • Reviewing scientific publications, standard specification and applying the knowledge gained.

  • Software Lab and assignment.



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
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Electronic Engineering with Audio-Visual Systems BEng (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required 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 2019/0 academic year.