Module title: Sound Theory

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: IMD08102
Module leader: Iain McGregor
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Creative and Social informatics


2017/8, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: ME
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Iain McGregor
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Face to face format using lectures and practical instruction supplemented with VLE resources detailing directed and reflective study. Lectures will be face to face and cover sound theory, technology, development and distribution.

The lecturer led practical sessions will be using instruction materials that the student is required to complete weekly. By completing the successive tasks students will extend the knowledge that they gained from the published texts and lectures, whilst having access to lecturer support. Some of this time will also be set aside for monitoring progress on the coursework. Students will be encouraged to bring in their coursework each week to discuss their progress with their lecturer.

The remaining time will be devoted to directed study, where a comprehensive list of references will be supplied in order to illustrate advanced practice, these will incorporate videos, books and websites, which will be updated regularly (all LOs).

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be provided to each student individually during the first week of the module, in respect of the chosen focus for the summative assessment (see below). Feedback will be provided on the student’s proposal, no later than by week 2. Feedback will be posted in Moodle, or 1:1, either face to face or Skype. As required, additional feedback will be offered by the module leader through Moodle fora, email, Skype, telephone, and face to face. The proposal and subsequent formative feedback to the student on their proposal links directly to the summative assessment described below.

Summative Assessment:
The coursework (all LOs) will be practical and involve the creation of an video project in order to confirm that the student has successfully achieved all of the learning outcomes. Progress will be monitored throughout so that appropriate feedback can be provided during the development process. The submission replicates a format common to video production.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 100 1,2,3 & 4 13 HOURS= 150, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Sound and Audio: Physics, Psychophysics, Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
Recording Technology: Microphones, Consoles, Control Surfaces, Recorders
Signal Processing: Spectral, Temporal, Amplitude
Export and Reproduction: Mixing, Mastering, Formats, Delivery Methods, Reproduction Systems

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Recognise the underlying principles of sound
LO2: Apply effective methods of capturing analogue and digital sound
LO3: Identify appropriate methods of editing sound
LO4: Select efficient methods of mixing and mastering sound

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Sound Theory