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Design, Construction & Test for Audio - ELE00042I

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Andy Hunt
  • Credit value: 15 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

This module lets you contribute to the design and build of an audio system  - from analogue data gathering through processing and mapping, to sound generation and monitoring. You'll learn about interfacing sensors to a microprocessor, and learn how to program the microprocessor. 

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To build on the Year 1 Engineering Design project module and further develop student skills in group project working. In particular, students will work in groups on a product involving hardware and software using embedded processors.
  • To use audio generation for scientific analysis (sonification) and to design and build a complete electronic system which creates sound from sensor data.

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in summarising and showing understanding of information from reliable sources and technical writing
  • To develop skills in gathering information from reliable sources and constructing technical presentations
  • To consolidate skills in team­working, research, business practice, environmental impact of technology, engineering design and project management
  • To extend the students existing knowledge and introduce students to further skills they will need in a typical engineering project: the main areas of skill that will be covered include the analysis and synthesis in a technical requirements context to produce a project plan, application of knowledge to practice using project management tools/techniques, planning and time management, project design and management, technical report writing skills, team working, and development of practical skills in hardware and software through design of a product using embedded processors.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe testing techniques, and the practical limitations of testing new products
  • Contribute to the design and build of an audio system  - from analogue data gathering through processing and mapping, to sound generation and monitoring
  • Design software for, and program an embedded processor, including optimising for low power design
  • Design and select external hardware peripherals for embedded processors, and analyse the effect of component tolerances on system-level performance

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Summarise and show understanding in technical reports based on information selected from a variety of reliable sources, to a specified audience
  • Design and deliver presentations from information selected from a variety of reliable sources, to a specified audience
  • Reflect on the issues in working in a team

Module content

This module shares the main lectures and labs with the module Design, Construction, & Test. Music Technology students on this module have some supporting extra lectures on sound design for sonification which enables them to do a different assignment involving the generation of audio.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
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. 

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