Acoustics & Psychoacoustics - ELE00027I

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jude Brereton
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module occurrences

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To provide an enhanced understanding and increased knowledge of acoustics and psychoacoustics in the context of audio and music production and listening, informed by recent developments in the field
  • To develop critical analysis skills in the context of practical work in sound presentation
  • To develop critical listening skills in the context of electronic presentation of sounds

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in the application of applied numeracy and algebraic techniques
  • To develop skills in summarising and showing understanding of information from reliable sources and technical writing

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Understand the principles of acoustic energy transmission
  • Appreciate the acoustic properties of different classes of acoustic instruments and the human voice
  • Understand room acoustics and how to modify them in practice
  • Understand pitch, loudness and timbre perception
  • Understand auditory streaming with special reference to hearing music
  • Understand interaural time delay (ITD) and interaural intensity delays (IID)

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to explain commonly­ encountered technical concepts concisely and accurately
  • Be able to select and apply a range of mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • Be able to summarise and show understanding in technical reports based on information selected from a variety of reliable sources, to a specified audience accurately
  • Be able to select and apply a range of mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • Be able to summarise and show understanding in technical reports based on information selected from a variety of reliable sources, to a specified audience

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Acoustics & Psychoacoustics multiple choice test
0.45 hours 50
Essay/coursework
Room Design Exercise
N/A 50

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Acoustics & Psychoacoustics multiple choice test
0.45 hours 50
Essay/coursework
Room Design Exercise
N/A 50

Module feedback

Feedback on the examination performance will be provided within six weeks.

Indicative reading

Howard D.M. and Angus, J.A.S. (2009). Acoustics and psychoacoustics, 4th Ed., Oxford: Focal Press. [Available in Chinese]

Rossing, T.D. (1989). The Science of Sound, New York: Addison Wesley.

Everest, F.A. (1989). Acoustic Techniques for Home and Studio, (2nd Ed.), TAB books Inc.

Everest, F.A. (2000). The master handbook of acoustics, 4th Ed., McGraw Hill/TAB books Inc.

Fletcher, N.H. and Rossing, T.D. (1991). The Physics of Musical Instruments, New York: Springer Verlag.

Hall, D.E. (1980). Musical Acoustics: An introduction, Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing Company.

Roederer, J.G. (1975). Introduction to the Physics and Psychophysics of Music, New York: Springer­Verlag.

Rossing, T.D. (1989). The Science of Sound, New York: Addison Wesley.

Sundberg, J. (1989). The Science of Musical Sounds, San Diego: Academic Press.



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