Module code: FVP1012

Module Overview

This module is intended to advance the understanding of 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 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Jackfield wiring schemes and systems diagrams

  • Audio metering

  • Sound Desks

  • PCM digital audio

  • Digital audio interfaces

  • Safety and session etiquette

  • Introduction to semiconductors

  • The bipolar junction transistor

  • Bias circuits, small signal amplifier operation, and power amplifiers.

  • Operational amplifiers (op-amps) and op-amp circuits.

  • Frequency response, stability and compensation

  • Basic audio circuit design

  • Circuit diagrams and schematic reading

  • Component and system level fault finding

  • Electronic circuit construction, familiarisation with electronic components

  • The use of electronics test and measurement equipment and procedures

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Electronics problems and report 25
Coursework Essay and audio labs 25
Examination examination 2hours 50

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, lab report and lab continuous assessment. (Addresses learning outcomes 5 - 8)

  • Coursework 2 -An essay on audio fundamentals, combined with lab continuous assessment (Adresses learning outcomes 1-4).

  • 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. Feedback Written feedback is given Coursework 1. Students receive verbal feedback on their practical work throughout the module, particularly in seminars 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 Ref
001 Describe the jackfield wiring schemes and audio systems diagrams used in broadcast installations
002 Describe the technical and operational characteristics of PPMs and VU meters
003 Describe the technical features of the AES-3 and MADI digital audio interfaces
004 Explain the difference between and applications of file based audio formats such as wav, mp3 etc
005 Explain the theory of operation of semiconductor devices including diodes and transistors
006 Design and analyse simple transistor amplifiers and op-amp amplifiers
007 Use an audio test system to measure basic audio system parameters such as signal-to-noise ratio and THD+N C
008 Use basic fault finding and troubleshooting methods to identify common audio equipment faults
009 Predict the behaviour of a circuit through the study of circuit diagrams

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 6

Independent Study Hours: 75

Lecture Hours: 40

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
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 B : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/fvp1012

Other information


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.