Module code: TON2018

Module Overview

This module will introduce you to aspects of video engineering systems, from 625-line analogue systems to digitally-delivered HD systems. It concentrates on why video engineering is important to professional audio systems (e.g. as a source for digital synchronisation signals) and emphasises the knowledge and understanding that is needed by an audio professional (operational or maintenance), rather than a designer of video systems.

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: 124

Lecture Hours: 22

Practical/Performance Hours: 4

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

  • Level 4 Audio Engineering and Recording Techniques A & B

Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Analogue video coding.

  • MPEG video coding.

  • SMPTE and EBU time code formats.

  • The serial digital interface and embedded audio

  • High Definition Video formats

  • Digital cinema.

  • Basic lighting and camera operation

  • Roles of personnel in film and TV

  • Film and TV production sound

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment LAB SESSIONS 20
Coursework COURSEWORK (ESSAY) 30
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 50

Alternative Assessment

This module involves group work, which may not be feasible to run as a resit. In view of this, if you fail the Lab Sessions coursework you will be asked to complete an essay that meets the same learning outcomes.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop knowledge and understanding of video engineering principles (Coursework 1 and exam).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework  – essay/paper, 30%, 2500 words,

  • 2hr exam, 50%

  • Three lab sessions, total 20%


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 in seminars and practical workshops.


Written feedback is given on both assignments in Coursework 1. Students receive verbal feedback on their practical work throughout the module, particularly in seminars and practical workshops.

Module aims

  • To introduce you to analogue and digital video fundamentals.
  • To develop an understanding of issues in synchronising audio and video content.
  • To introduce you to digital video coding systems.
  • To introduce you to some common video formats and interfaces.
  • To introduce you to audio coding systems used in common video broadcast systems.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe the basic technical features of analogue and digital video standards KCP
002 Describe the three colour system and explain how colour can be measured with reference to common video colour spaces. KCP
003 Describe the 4:4:4, 4:2:2, 4:1:1, and 4:2:0 formats described in ITU-R BT 601 and 656 KCT
004 Describe the methods used by the MPEG2 standards to reduce the bit rate. KC
005 Describe the technical features of all SMPTE or EBU time code formats. KC
006 Evaluate different video codecs and their use in different contexts. KCT
007 Explain the process in synchronising sound and picture in film and television. KCP

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 practical skills and knowledge in fundamental video engineering, useful to audio professionals. The practical skills are taught in small seminar groups allowing multiple feedback and interaction points. The strategy also builds on and refines your techniques and styles of academic writing, including correct procedures for citation that will be critical to student success in FHEQ level 6.


The learning and teaching methods include:


• One two-hour lecture per week.

• Two two-hour practical sessions.

• Coursework assignments and feedback.

• 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
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)(CORE) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons)(CORE) Year-long 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 2020/1 academic year.