Core Module Information
Module title: Sound Theory

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: IMD07115
Module leader: Rod Selfridge
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Applied Informatics


Description of module content:

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of sound theory suitable for interactive applications and digital entertainment. The will learn the relevant principles of Physics, Psychophysics, Acoustics and Psychoacoustics as well as detailed information on Microphones, Consoles, Control Surfaces, Recorders. Signal processing representations of audio will be introduced followed by effective methods for capturing both analogue and digital sound. Techniques to edit the audio seamlessly, as well as mixing and mastering to a professional standard, including 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 and acoustics
LO2: Apply effective methods of capturing analogue and digital sound
LO3: Undertake advanced methods of editing, mixing and mastering audio.
LO4: Identify appropriate methods of delivering audio for linear and interactive media.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Rod Selfridge
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 advanced theory, technology, development and distribution (all LOs). 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 (all LOs). 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 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 assessment will be addressed during weekly practical sessions, where students will receive feedback about their progress.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be provided by the final 152-hour project.

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 - Practical 100 LO 1 - 4 13 HOURS= 00.05, WORDS= 1300
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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