Module code: FVP1011

Module Overview

This module is intended to introduce circuit theory and analogue electronics, plus the theory of professional audio systems engineering, professional recording operations and equipment, using a combination of theory and application. This will provide the background needed for later modules in the programme.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

HAIGH Alan (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: J930

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • The decibel Balanced, unbalanced and co-axial circuits

  • Microphone operation

  • Stereophonic microphone techniques

  • Equipment test and measurement.

  • Current and voltage definitions, resistive elements,

  • Kirchhoff's laws & Ohm's law Energy storage elements, capacitance & inductance.

  • AC circuit elements Alternating current, simple ac steady-state sinusoidal analysis

  • AC circuit analysis with complex numbers: introduction to mesh and nodal analysis

  • Time response (natural & step responses)

  • Frequency response RLC circuits, resonance & Q-factor Simple filter and band-pass circuits Introduction to second order circuit

  • Use of Bode plots Electronic circuit construction; familiarisation with electronic components

  • Use of electronics test and measurement equipment

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

This module contains continuous assessment in the lab sessions. Students failing this component will be asked to complete an additional experiment and submit a written lab report in the summer resit period.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop knowledge and understanding of electronics and audio engineering principles. Continuous assessment and feedback will be provided in laboratory sessions and seminars. Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework 1 - Electronics problems and lab continuous assessment. (Addresses learning outcomes 5 - 8)

  • Coursework 2 - A podcast on voiceover recording (addresses learning outcomes 1 -4, 9), combined with lab continuous assessment.

  • Exam - Written paper given under exam conditions, 50%, 2 hours, exam period (addresses learning outcomes 1 -8). 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.

Module aims

  • introduce the fundamentals of circuit analysis and analogue electronics
  • introduce the theory of professional audio systems engineering
  • introduce professional recording operations and equipment

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Define and make use of the dB
002 Explain the need for and make use of balanced, unbalanced and co-axial circuits
003 Describe the principle of operation and operational characteristics of types of professional microphones
004 Describe the technical specifications needed for frequency response, noise and distortion in professional audio and relate this to professional audio in practice
005 Explain the relationships between power, voltage and current in DC and AC circuits
006 Explain concepts of reactance and impedance
007 Perform circuit analysis of DC and AC circuits
008 Construct and analyse basic electronic circuits and report the experimental findings
009 Discuss and analyse common quality issues and concepts in film and television C

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 10

Independent Study Hours: 77

Lecture Hours: 38

Tutorial Hours: 6

Laboratory Hours: 15

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop practical and critical skills and knowledge in fundamental audio engineering and electronics, which students will build on in subsequent modules. The learning and teaching methods include:
Nineteen two-hour lectures (plus revision lecture in week 12)
Three two-hour audio laboratory sessions and five three-hour electronics laboratory sessions
Five two-hour seminars on critical viewing, listening and quality control.
Guided reading

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

Reading list for ELECTRONICS AND AUDIO FUNDAMENTALS A : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/fvp1011

Other information

Module assessment pattern:

FVP1011-001 AUDIO- PODCAST AND LABS Coursework 25
FVP1011-001 EXAMINATION 2HOURS Examination 50

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 2020/1 academic year.