iOS Programming for Music Technology - ELE00035H

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Andy Hunt
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

This module introduces students to the necessary technology and programming environments to write interactive musical apps for iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

The main system and programming content will be covered in a series of lectures and required reading and viewing in the students' own time.

A series of labs in the Mac computer lab will take the students through the fundamentals of the Apple programming eco-system, development environment and programming language. Students will explore, design and build interactive interfaces, and use these to control audio output.

The assessment for this exercise will be an individual programming exercise, integrating user interface design and sound output from an iOS device or the XCode simulator.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • iOS architecture and programming environment
  • The XCode Integrated Development Environment
  • The Swift programming language
  • The iOS simulator
  • Constructing user interfaces in iOS
  • Coding mechanisms for controlling sound output

Academic and graduate skills

  • Program design for mobile devices
  • Learning a commonly-used object oriented programming language
  • Program testing strategies
  • Software documentation
  • Creativity in audio software
  • User-interfacing considerations


Task Length % of module mark
Programming Exercise
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Programming Exercise
N/A 100

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

As the technology is changing rapidly, along with the most relevant documentation, a web-site will be provided with links to the latest Apple documentation and 3rd party tutorials.

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.