53166 - Sound Design & Implementation

Full Title:Sound Design & Implementation
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:53166
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2013/14 ( February 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to give students the skills to create imaginative sound environments and objects through recording and signal processing techniques,incorporating an appreciation of the roles and requirements involved in sound design for media, including film, TV and interactive media.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Effectively apply sound processing and editing techniques for production goals (i.e. TV, Film, Games).
  2. Assess the audio requirements for a media project to include equipment, sound design, personnel.
  3. Create believable 'sound worlds' for audio-visual and interactive media, using industry standard audio middleware.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Location Recording
Techniques involved in gathering on-location sound samples and effects and preparing them for use in media environments.
Audio Object Creation and Manipulation
Foley, ADR, soundscapes, sound effects, layering samples
Creative Signal Processing
Application of signal processors for creative purposes, including advanced processes such as phasing, flanging and pitch-shifting.
Interactive Audio Environments
Considerations in dynamic audio playback environments including overviews of industry standard packages.
Surround Sound
Considerations in recording and mixing for multi-channel playback systems.
Industry Overview
Details of the differing roles and processes involved in the creation of soundtracks for media.
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
Continuous Assessment Students will be required to produce atmospheric ambiances (sound beds) and specific sound events to a brief on an on-going basis throughout the semester. 1,2,3 25.00 0 0 Every Second Week 0
Written Report Students will produce an annotated audio narrative document indicating sound design elements and requirements. 2 25.00 0 0 Week 5 0
Project Students will create an original sound design for visual media, to a brief specified by the lecturer. This will incorporate spotting, script markup and annotation, application of signal processing, export and application-specific formatting. 1,2,3 50.00 0 0 Week 12 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.

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 content delivery, theory focused. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading No Description 4.42 Every Week 4.42
Total Weekly Learner Workload 10.42
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Viers, R. 2008, The Sound Effects Bible: How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects, Michael Wiese Productions [ISBN: 9781932907483]
  • Collins, K. 2008, Game Sound: An Introduction to the History, Theory, and Practice of Video Game Music and Sound Design, MIT Press [ISBN: 9780262033787]
  • Chion, M. 1994, Audio-Vision : Sound on Screen, Columbia University Press [ISBN: 978023107899]
  • Marks, Aaron 2008, The complete guide to game audio: for composers, musicians, sound designers, and game developers, 2 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 1578200830]
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_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 8 Mandatory