Full Title:Sound Design 2
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MMED M8017
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:The aims of this module are: (1) introduce students to the practice of sound design for computer applications, (2) introduce students to the fundamental effects and processors that can be applied to sound in the DAW, and (3) introduce the music tools available in the DAW that can be utilized for the task of sound design.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Utilise the fundamental effects and processors available in the DAW to improve the quality of recordings and shape sounds creatively.
  2. Utilise the music tools available in the DAW (e.g. MIDI).
  3. Spot where sound is needed in an application and conceive of what kind of sound might best suit and how this sound can be attained.
  4. Understand how to achieve a style and consistency between the sounds of a computer application as well as aurally reflect the visual design of this application.
  5. Produce stand-alone auditory icons for use in a computer application
  6. Critically analyse sound and how we engage with sound in a variety of contexts.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Critical Listening
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
Digital Recording
Digital Audio Workstation
Gain-based Effects
Time-based Effects
Volume, panning and Effect Automation
Auditory Icons
Sonic Interaction Design
Game Audio
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Project Folder of Auditory Icons for a desktop application 1,3,4,5,6 35.00 0 0 n/a 0
Essay Study of audio in an interactive application 3,4,6 15.00 0 0 n/a 0
Project Production of soundtrack for a fixed computer game level 1,2,3,4,5,6 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Usually takes the form of a substantial piece of coursework/project which includes a written element.

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 No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.50 Every Week 2.50
Independent Study No Description 2.50 Every Week 2.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Talbot Smith, M. 2000, Sound Engineer’s Pocket Book, 2nd Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 0240516125]
  • Howard, D. & Angus, J. 2009, Acoustics and Psychoacoustics, 4th Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 0240521757]
  • Cook, F. D. 2009, Pro Tools 101 Official Courseware, 1st Ed., MIT Press [ISBN: 1598638661]
  • Roads, C. 1996, Computer Music Tutorial, MIT Press [ISBN: 0262680823]
  • White, P. 2000, Basic Effects and Processors, 2nd Ed., Sanctuary Publishing Ltd [ISBN: 186074270X]
  • Hermann, T., and Andy Hunt. 2011, The Sonification Handbook., Logos Verlag
  • Stevens, R. and Raybould, D. 2011, The Game Audio Tutorial: A Practical Guide to Sound and Music for Interactive Games, 1st Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 0240817265]
  • Collins, K. 2008, Game Sound: An Introduction to the History, Theory, and Practice of Video Game Music and Sound Design, 1st Ed., MIT Press [ISBN: 026203378X]
  • Marks, A. 2008, The Complete Guide to Game Audio: For Composers, Musicians, Sound Designers, Game Developer, 2nd Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 0240810740]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_IMCCM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Communications in Creative Media 4 Elective
DK_IMMAT_7 Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Technologies 4 Elective
DK_MMWEB_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Multimedia Web Development 4 Mandatory