Module code: FVP2005

Module Overview

This module is intended to develop understanding and awareness of aspects of professional video engineering.  The module investigates the channel coding systems for broadcasting television as well as format for film recoding. Broadcast communication and methods are also explored.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

GILBERT Andrew (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: H641

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 44

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Film and Broadcast Technologies A (pre-requisite)

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Source coding

  • Channel coding

  • Hamming code and Shanon Coding

  • Reed soloman coding

  • FEC

  • Broadcast transmission

  • OFDM

  • DAB

  • Microwave links

  • QAM

  • PSK 

  • Wireless links in TV production

  • IP in TV production

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework 1 30
Oral exam or presentation Seminar Presentation 1 15
Oral exam or presentation Seminar Presentation 2 15
Examination Online Online Exam (4 hour window) 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The academic accreditation regulations published by the Institution of Engineering Technology state the following Guidance note G1.

Where modules include two assessment modes (coursework and examination) that assess different Learning Outcomes a pass threshold should be adopted for each mode that contributes more than 30% to the overall module mark, with this pass threshold no more than 10% below the normal module pass mark. 

In practice this means that the average mark of all the coursework should be at least 30%, and the average mark of the exams and class tests should be 30% in order to pass the module.


The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their technical skills and theoretical understanding of video in film and TV. They can demonstrate knowledge and critical thinking in video technology through the writing and presentation of an essay.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework - 60% (addresses learning outcomes 1-6)

  • Exam - 2 hours - 40% (addresses learning outcomes 1-5)

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.


Students receive written feedback on their coursework and verbal feedback on their practical work throughout the module.

Module aims

  • expand understanding of professional video systems
  • introduce lossy and lossless compression in channel coding and transmission
  • reinforce channel propagation types
  • explore media formats for film and television

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain source and channel coding KCP
002 Analyse propogation channels KC
003 Explore television broadcast methods KCP
004 Determine media formats for recording film on location for post production KC
006 Problem solving T
005 Explain wireless links used in television production 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: further develop theory and practice film and broadcast technology, using both lectures and seminar sessions the students will expand on their knowledge of the video distribution process and develop an understanding for compression format required for the channel coding.  The students will also explore compression required for film set filming and production review and editing

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • One two-hour lecture per week (weeks 1 &ndash 12 with a revision lecture in the last week)

  • Six two-hour seminars

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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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Film Production and Broadcast Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required 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 2021/2 academic year.