Module code: TON2013

Module Overview

This module is intended to provide you with a solid grounding in audio test and measurement techniques, and to illustrate in practice many theoretical phenomena covered in the first year modules.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

HAIGH Alan (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 116

Lecture Hours: 2

Laboratory Hours: 32

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

  • Level 4 Electronics and Audio Signal Processing A and B
  • Level 4 Acoustics and Computer Audio Systems A and B

Module content

 Indicative content includes:

  • Audio test and measurement procedures

  • The use of Fast Fourier Transform and Spectrogram in analysing audio signals

  • Acoustic measurements of a room to BS EN ISO 3382

  • Jitter and Eye Patterns, quantisation, dither and worklength issues in digital audio

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

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 Continuous Assessment you will be asked to complete an additional experiment during the Summer vacation, which will be assessed.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate academic writing skills, with feedback from the first formative report to be used immediately to improve performance on the second assessed report. Teamwork and critical thinking are assessed in small groups with one-to-one guidance from staff.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•      Coursework  – Lab Report, 50%, 3000 words (addresses learning outcomes 1 – 3).

•      Continuous assessment, 50% (addresses learning outcome 4).

Formative  assessment

•      Formative Lab Report, 2000 - 3000 words, week 5 (addresses learning outcomes 1 – 3). Indicative mark and written feedback will be given.

Formative assessment is also provided through coursework feedback and continuous interaction during lab sessions.


You will receive written feedback on your coursework and verbal feedback on your practical work throughout the module. There will also be intro and interim lectures for group feedback.

Module aims

  • Familiarise you with audio test and measurement techniques

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Operate a range of audio test and measurement equipment KCP
002 Perform a selection of electrical, electromagnetic and digital audio tests, the detailed objectives of which are described in the Laboratory Handbook KCP
003 Report concisely the results of those tests in both verbal and written form CT
004 Work successfully in a small group, and prepare yourself for an experimental task with appropriate prior reading KCT
005 Laboratory skills PT
006 Group work T
007 Problem solving T

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 professional skills and deepen understanding of theoretical knowledge by exploration of practical phenomena in small groups. The strategy will also improve your academic report writing skills.

 The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Two one hour lectures (an introductory lecture in week 1 plus a group feedback session in week 6)

  • Eight four-hour laboratory sessions (in weeks 3 – 12), with one experiment to be completed each week.

  • Guided reading prior to each experiment.


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 2020/1 academic year.