Module code: TON1025

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

BROOKES TS Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 87

Lecture Hours: 48

Laboratory Hours: 15

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Electronics coursework 30
Examination Examination (2 hours) 70

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.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None for Tonmeister students.

Module overview

This module is intended to introduce you to acoustics, psychoacoustics, circuit theory and analogue electronics, using a combination of theory and application.

Module aims

To introduce you to theoretical and practical aspects of acoustics and psychoacoustics

To introduce the fundamentals of circuit analysis and analogue electronics

To encourage a technical awareness that will be of general use throughout your career

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain the transmission of sound though a medium and around obstacles C??17K
002 Perform calculations relating to sound pressure, power and intensity levels C??17K
003 Discuss the acoustical factors relating to the perception of timbre C??17K
004 Explain the mechanisms of sound production in a range of musical instruments and in the human voice C??17K
005 Explain the behaviour of sound in enclosed spaces, with reference to free, near and diffuse sound fields; standing waves; sound absorption, reflection and transmission; and reverberation C??17K
006 Recommend appropriate treatment to modify the acoustics of a given enclosed space C??17K??17P
007 Explain the relationships between power, voltage and current in DC and AC circuits C??17K
008 Explain concepts of reactance and impedance C??17K
009 Explain the concepts of ideal current and voltage sources and measurement devices C??17K
010 Perform circuit analysis using Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws and the Norton and Thevenin theorems C??17K
011 Apply complex (j) notation and phasor diagrams to AC circuits C??17K
012 Apply pulse and step functions to RC, RL and RCL circuits C??17K
013 Explain the concept of frequency response for a circuit C??17K
014 Construct and analyse the behaviour of basic electronic circuits C??17K??17P
015 Use with competence standard test equipment including the oscilloscope, digital multi-meter and signal generator C??17K??17P
016 Report experimental findings concisely in verbal and written form C??17K??17P??17T
017 Apply problem-solving skills successfully T
018 Work competently in a laboratory P??17T
019 Work effectively in a group T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

acoustic fundamentals and the decibel;
musical acoustics and the human voice;
room acoustics and acoustic treatment;
Kirchhoff's laws & Ohm's law;
DC circuit analysis;
Thevenin & Norton equivalent circuits;
resistance, capacitance & inductance;
AC circuit elements and steady-state analysis;
use of complex numbers and phasor diagrams;
introduction to mesh and nodal analysis;
circuit time and frequency response;
simple filter circuits;
use of Bode plots;
practical electronic circuit construction;
use of electronics test and measurement equipment.

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 per week
Five three-hour laboratory sessions
In-class exercises
Practical classroom demonstrations
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 and understanding (exam and coursework).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Electronics Coursework - one written assignment, one lab report, and continuous assessment during labs (addresses learning outcomes 7-19); and
Exam - written paper under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1-13).

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, during the in-class exercises, 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.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons)(CORE) 1 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.