Module code: TON1024

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

DE SENA E Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 24

Laboratory Hours: 6

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework 50
Examination Examination (2 hours) 50

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

HE4 Audio Signal Analysis

Module overview

This module is intended to introduce you to computer-based media systems using a combination of theory and application.

Module aims

To provide a theoretical understanding and a practical working knowledge of computer-based media systems, and their use in the control and processing of audio, video and MIDI data.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain why the decimal, binary, hexadecimal and two's complement formats are commonly used in audio and video engineering, perform simple arithmetic operations in each format and convert numbers between the different formats. CK
002 Explain the operating principles of a microprocessor-based computer system. CK
003 Explain the hardware and software principles of MIDI control. CK
004 Discuss the relative merits of alternative computer storage devices and interfaces. CK
005 Discuss issues relating to applications of computer systems. CK
006 Use the discrete Fourier transform to analyse a signal in the frequency domain. CK
007 Plan and codify a set of procedures to perform a specific task. T
008 Use computer code instructions to perform a specific task. CKT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Frequency analysis of digital signals.
Number systems (decimal, binary, hexadecimal and two’s complement).
Microprocessor-based computer systems.
Computer-based media and MIDI systems.
The MIDI protocol, hardware and software.
Storage and interfacing in computer media systems.
Software engineering.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop your skills and knowledge in computer systems, allowing modules in later semesters to build on this.

The learning and teaching methods include:

One two-hour lecture per week
Two three-hour laboratory session
Guided reading
Coursework assignments and feedback

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop subject knowledge (exam) and programming skills (coursework).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework – two programming tasks (addresses learning outcomes 1 and 7– 8); and
2hr exam – written paper under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1–6).

Formative assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to you in tutorials as required, and in the form of regular revision questions in lectures.


You will receive written feedback on your coursework. You will also receive verbal feedback in lectures via revision questions and in-class discussions.

Reading list

Reading list for COMPUTER SYSTEMS :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons)(CORE) 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Film and Video Production Technology BSc (Hons)(CORE) 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Film and Video Production Technology BA (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 2019/0 academic year.