Full Title:Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:SNDT M9001
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module focuses on the nature of sound and sound perception. It presents the basic concepts involved in the phenomena of sound, such as, frequency, amplitude, spectra, etc., and their perceptual counterparts (pitch, loudness, timbre, etc.). It also includes topics on the physiology of hearing, auditive perception, acoustics of spaces and musical instruments.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. comprehend the principles of acoustic waves, sound transmission, production and perception
  2. discuss the acoustical properties of mechanical structures and musical instruments;.
  3. explain the workings of the inner, middle and outer ear
  4. illustrate the complexities of sound perception with regards environmental acoustics.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The nature of sound: pressure waves and sound transmission; propagation of sound from source to listener
Sound intensity, power and pressure levels, adding sounds together; the inverse square law
Time and frequency domains; analysing spectra
Acoustics of musical instruments
Sound interference, reflections, refractions, absorption.
Standing waves; reverberation time; reverberant field; critical frequency
The hearing system: the anatomy and functions of the outer, middle and inner ears
The perception of sound: pitch, loudness, timbre
Critical bands; threshold of hearing; bandwidth; masking
Theories of pitch perception
Consonance and dissonance
Sound source detection
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Presentation 10 minute oral presentation 1,2,3,4 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment n/a None 20.00 0 0 n/a 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 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework 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 n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading n/a 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Independent Study n/a 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 12.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • F. Alton Everest 2000, The Master Handbook of Acoustics, McGraw-Hill
  • Gareth Loy, Musimathics: The Mathematical Foundations of Music (Volume 1/Volume 2), The MIT Press
  • Bregman, A.S. 1994, Auditory Scene Analysis: The Perceptual Organization of Sound, A Bradford Book
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Howard, D. & Angus, J., Acoustics & Psychoacoustics 3rd ed., Focal Press, 2006
  • Musical Acoustics, Hall, Donald E, Pacific Grove, Calif. : Brooks/Cole Pub. Co., c2002
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_HMUSC_R Master of Arts/Master of Science in Music Technology 1 Mandatory