Full Title:Applied Acoustics and Applied Maths
Module Code:MUSC M8075
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to further develop students' understanding and appreciation of the nature of sound. It presents the basic concepts involved in the phenomenon of sound propagation in rooms and offers insights into acoustic room design, specifically sound studios and live performance spaces. It also aims to introduce students to aspects of mathematics that facilitate the understanding of the scientific concepts and the technical language associated with music and audio production.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Recognise the importance of room acoustics and Identify specific problematic aspects of a room's acoustic response from the perspective of a recording studio.
  2. Describe the phenomenon of sound wave propagation in enclosed spaces.
  3. Distinguish between the various room analysis techniques and measurement technologies.
  4. Discuss the techniques employed in modifying a room's acoustic behaviour in order to establish particular response characteristics.
  5. Classify, evaluate and graph basic functions such as polynomials, exponentials, logarithms and waves.
  6. Differentiate mathematical functions and apply this to finding tangents of curves.
  7. Integrate mathematical functions and apply this to finding areas under curves.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Studio design
Acoustic characteristics and suitability determined by function; the recording studio; the control room; voice over booths; the mastering studio; domestic recordings.
Reverberation and modal characteristics
Growth and decay of sound; reverberation time; influence of reverberation on speech and music; artificial reverberation; absorption coefficients; the Sabine equation.
Acoustic treatments
Absorption; reflection; diffraction; refraction; diffusion.
Room analysis and evaluation
Measurement techniques and technologies; time delay spectrometry; frequency response; resonance.
Noise control
Noise sources; sound transmission; noise extraction/cancellation.
Mathematical Functions and their properties.
Introduction to polynomials, logarithms, exponentials, sine, cosine. Combining these and plotting graphs. Solving equations.
Differentiation and its applications.
Differentiation of functions. Finding tangents.
Integration and its applications.
Integration of functions. Finding areas.
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
Written Report Written reports on topics covered in lab practicals. 2,3 33.34 0 0 Week 13 0
Class Test Covering material related to functions. 5 8.33 0 0 Week 5 60
Class Test Covering material related to differentiation. 6 8.33 0 0 Week 10 60
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 2,3,4,5,6,7 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 Main topic delivery. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 6.50 Every Week 6.50
Directed Reading See recommended resources. 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Practical Labs/experiments/demos. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Practice problems and reinforce the theory presented in lectures. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 15.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Everest, F. Alton 2000, The Master Handbook of Acoustics, McGraw-Hill
  • Howard, D. & Angus 2000, Acoustics & Psychoacoustics, 2nd Ed., Focal Press
  • Donald Hall 2002, Musical Acoustics, Pacific Grove, Calif. : Brooks/Cole Pub. Co.
  • Miller, P. 2007, The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music, World Scientific Press [ISBN: 978-981-270-077-3]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: HyperPhysics Website, http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hba se/HFrame.html
  • Website: Sound Science at UNSW, http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/music/

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 3 Mandatory