AUDIO LABORATORY - 2021/2
Module code: TON2013
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, and in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21.
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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.
Music and Media
HAIGH Alan (Music & Med)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: J930
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
- Level 4 Electronics and Audio Signal Processing A and B
- Level 4 Acoustics and Computer Audio Systems A and B
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 type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||COURSEWORK 1: LAB REPORT||50|
|Coursework||COURSEWORK 2: CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT||50|
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.
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 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.
- Familiarise you with audio test and measurement techniques
|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|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 116
Lecture Hours: 2
Laboratory Hours: 32
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.
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.