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Acoustics & Psychoacoustics - ELE00027I

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Frank Stevens
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

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
  • Understand room acoustics and how to modify them in practice
  • Appreciate the acoustic properties of different classes of acoustic instruments and the human voice
  • Understand pitch, loudness and timbre perception
  • Understand auditory streaming with special reference to hearing music

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


Task Length % of module mark
Acoustics & Psychoacoustics multiple choice test
N/A 30
Room Acoustics Exercise
N/A 70

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Acoustics & Psychoacoustics multiple choice test
N/A 30
Room Acoustics Exercise
N/A 70

Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme. We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments.

A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback. This can be found at

The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme. In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work. Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period. The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline. The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback. The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum. Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate. Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date.

Indicative reading

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

Other background reading

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

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.

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

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.