Full Title:Introduction to Acoustics
Module Code:MUSC U7004
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2009/10 ( September 2009 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to introduce the student to the nature of sound and sound perception. It will introduce basic concepts involved in the phenomena of sound, such as frequency, amplitude, spectra, etc., and their perceptual counterparts. It will also include an introduction to the physiology of hearing and the acoustics of musical instruments.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Recognize the importance of acoustics in music performance and practice.
  2. Identify the operational mechanisms of musical instruments relevant to the production of sound.
  3. Discuss the phenomena of sound wave propagation through various forms of media.
  4. Recognize the role of the ear with regards to the perception of sound.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Sound
Introduction to Physics: force, pressure, mass, weight, work and energy, sound waves.
Sound wave propagation
Sinusoidal wave forms, period, amplitude, wavelength, phase, frequency, adding Sounds, sound wave refraction, Snell's Law, Young's modulus, sound wave diffraction.
Musical Instruments
Velocity and pressure components in sound waves, sound wave reflection, standing waves in musical instruments, string harmonics, pressure and velocity nodes and anti-nodes, tuning Systems.
Introduction to hearing
Hearing intervals, anatomy of the ear, amplitude/pitch perception.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Written Report Written reports on topics covered in lab practicals. 2,4 40.00 0 0 Week 10 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 60.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Main topic delivery. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical Experiments/demos/labs. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study See recommended texts. 5.42 Every Week 5.42
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 10.42
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Everest, F. Alton 2000 1996, The Master Handbook of Acoustic, McGraw-Hill
  • Howard, D. & Angus, J. 2000, Acoustics & Psychoacoustics, 2nd Ed., Focal Press
  • Hall, Donald E 2002, Musical Acoustics, Pacific Grove, Calif. : Brooks/Cole Pub. Co.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 1 Mandatory