Module code: FVP2005

Module Overview

This module is intended to develop understanding and awareness of aspects of professional video engineering.  The module investigates the channel coding systems for broadcasting television as well as format for film recoding. Broadcast communication and methods are also explored.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

GILBERT Andrew (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 22

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Film and Broadcast Technologies A (pre-requisite)

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Source coding

  • Channel coding

  • Hamming code and Shanon Coding

  • Reed soloman coding

  • FEC

  • Broadcast transmission

  • OFDM

  • DAB

  • Microwave links

  • QAM

  • PSK 

  • Wireless links in TV production

  • IP in TV production

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 1: ESSAY 50
Examination EXAM 2 HOURS 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their technical skills and theoretical understanding of video in film and TV. They can demonstrate knowledge and critical thinking in video technology through the writing and presentation of an essay.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework - essay (50%) (addresses learning outcomes 1-6)

  • Exam - 2 hours 50% (addresses learning outcomes 1-5)

Formative assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to individual students in tutorials and throughout seminar and practical workshops.


Students receive written feedback on their coursework and verbal feedback on their practical work throughout the module.

Module aims

  • expand understanding of professional video systems
  • introduce lossy and lossless compression in channel coding and transmission
  • reinforce channel propagation types
  • explore media formats for film and television

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain source and channel coding KCP
002 Analyse propogation channels KC
003 Explore television broadcast methods KCP
004 Determine media formats for recording film on location for post production KC
006 Problem solving T
005 Explain wireless links used in television production KCP

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: further develop theory and practice film and broadcast technology, using both lectures and seminar sessions the students will expand on their knowledge of the video distribution process and develop an understanding for compression format required for the channel coding.  The students will also explore compression required for film set filming and production review and editing

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • One two-hour lecture per week (weeks 1 &ndash 12 with a revision lecture in the last week)

  • Six two-hour seminars

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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Film and Video Production Technology BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Film and Video Production Technology BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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