Core Module Information
Module title: Sound Design for Linear Media

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: IMD11117
Module leader: Iain McGregor
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Applied Informatics


Description of module content:

You will begin by considering different types of linear media: Theatre, Radio, Audio Books, Film and Television. Linear media production methods are then surveyed, which include: production sound, dialogue editing, automated dialogue recording, location recording, Foley, rerecording/dubbing, sound editing, sampling and synthesis. Strategies for script analysis are examined, incorporating: explicit sounds, environments, emotions, transitions and sound maps. Finally approaches to affecting an audience’s perceptions are reviewed, which comprise: sound imagery, qualities, listening modes, expression of emotional states and sound personality types.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Conceptualise design principles for sound for linear media
LO2: Critically review production methods for sound for linear media
LO3: Critically assess approaches to designing sound to affect audiences’ perception of linear media
LO4: Produce, to a professional standard, a piece of sound design for linear media

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Iain McGregor
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The online lectures will address the first three learning outcomes by providing the theoretical background to sound production methods, sound design techniques and approaches to affecting audiences’ perceptions (LO 1-3) The tutorials will address the fourth learning outcome by reviewing the sound designs within commercially released linear media, as well as providing the students with a forum to discuss their own coursework, and to critique that of their fellow-learners (LO 4).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will be addressed by weekly tutorials, where students will give and receive feedback about their progress.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be provided by the final 2000 word report and the sound design project, which requires the use of a professional method and the production of interim artefacts. All four learning outcomes will be assessed by both the formative and summative assessments. (LO 1-4)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 48
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 128
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

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

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Sound Design for Linear Media IMD11117