Module code: TON3012

Module Overview

This module is intended to develop understanding of audio engineering from years 1 & 2, and apply this to the technologies of recently-developed audio systems and techniques.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MASON Russell (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: J930

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 114

Lecture Hours: 36

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

  •  Level 4 Acoustics and Computer Audio Systems A & B
  •  Level 4 Audio Engineering and Recording Techniques A & B
  •  Level 4 Electronics and Audio Signal Processing A & B
  •  Level 5 Video Engineering

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • The relationships between interchannel and interaural signal properties for various reproduction systems.

  • The relationships between the signals arriving at the ears and spatial audio perception.

  • The methods available to simulate aspects of spatial audio perception using a range of loudspeaker- and headphone-based techniques.

  • The main components of perceptual audio coding systems, including appropriate filterbanks, transforms, masking models and scale factors.

  • The meaning and role of each layer in computer networking systems.

  • The requirements and selected standards for real-time professional audio over computer networks.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework - experiment and presentation 40
Examination Examination (2 hours) 60

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop knowledge and understanding of audio engineering principles (coursework and exam).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework – an experiment examining an aspect of spatial perception, with the results disseminated as a written report and 20-minute presentation (addressing learning outcomes 1 & 2)

  • 2 hr exam – Written paper given under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1-5).

Formative  assessment

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


Written feedback will be given on the coursework. Verbal feedback will be given on regular revision questions in lectures.

Module aims

  • To further develop understanding of spatial audio perception and its application in a range of reproduction systems
  • To introduce you to perceptual audio coding systems
  • To further develop knowledge and understanding of audio networking systems and devices

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe the relationships between interchannel signal properties, interaural signal properties, and auditory spatial perception KC
002 Discuss the problems that must be overcome to implement spatial audio reproduction systems KC
003 Describe the general principles of perceptual audio coding KC
004 Describe how these principles are applied in MPEG 1 and 2 layers 1, 2, and 3 KC
005 Describe the principles of computer networks and their application in transmitting realtime audio signals KC

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: develop your knowledge and understanding of aspects of audio engineering, particularly recently-developed audio systems and techniques. This is developed via lectures and demonstrations, as well as by completion of coursework and weekly revision questions.


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Regular 2-hour lectures

  • Listening sessions

  • Guided reading

  • Coursework assignments and feedback





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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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.