20 credits at level HE5
Sound is everywhere and in the context of sound engineering, specifically for live events, a good understanding of how noise radiates, and propagates from various sources has to be considered. With the nature of large open air events such as a sporting event or a concert, consideration of the effects of sound in the environment has to be taken into account
The aim of this module is for students to develop an understanding of various research techniques appropriate to their final project using the science of sound Engineering and acoustics as a vehicle to develop the students understanding of the relationship between, and application theories surrounding research questions, methods, experimentation and analysis relating to of a specific problem.
Sound propagation; indoors and outdoors
Direct, Early and reverberant Sound
Acoustic absorption of various materials including air and human bodies
Multi Speaker arrays and systems.
Characteristics of sound in the environment
Research Methodology, Terminology, definitions and research Process
Documentation and Presentation, Formats, Dissertation Sections Presentation techniques
This module will be delivered via a wide range of teaching methods and learning situations with emphasis on discussion, group work, practical work, guest lectures, visits and tutorials. It is intended that this module be taken by the students prior to undertaking the final individual or group project module at HE6.
This module will focus on acoustical experimentation and research process by developing skills that are appropriate to good research in sound engineering at undergraduate level. Students will discuss various elements of dissertation structure such as abstract, introduction, literature review and targeted referencing either using the Harvard or Numerical methods.
For this module the practical assignment course work will provide you with the opportunity to formatively practice some of the skills and techniques that you will have learned during the lectures. You will have an opportunity to reflect upon your approaches to and undertaking of the experimentation. The Log of the data is integral to the final element of work being the written report and the log should contain details of the experimental method and approaches undertaken.
The report will provide a summative account that links the practice of experimentation and the data captured to the relevant theories and literature discussed in the lecture and discussions.
Formal lectures (20).
Directed reading (10)
Directed research (20)
Practical research (50).
Assignment preparation and implementation (80).
Total of 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||To be able to apply acoustic theory to decisions about when, how and where to measure environmental sound.||Synthesis and implementation of a hypothesis relating to the chosen area of investigation|
|2.||Be able to carry out reliable measurement of environmental sound using appropriate sound measuring instrumentation.||Critical evaluation of partial data disseminated through report an presentation|
|3.||identify data collection and analysis techniques appropriate to a research objective(s) and justify these||Appraise the methods appropriate to addressing the research objective(s), demonstrating the ability to apply knowledge of methods to real - world problems.|
|4.||Reporting of the results of research and experimentation to specialist and non specialist audiences||Submit a well structured academic report with supportable conclusions drawn from researched material|
|5.||Contextualise your research and state the research objective(s)||Be able to introduce your research topic in an organisational context and to state clearly the objective(s) of your research|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Undertake practical experiment and produce a log of the results based upon the hypothesis||Produce a report based results of the research and experimentation - 2500 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Howard, David and Angus, Jamie (2006) Acoustics and Psychoacoustics, 3rd Edition., Focal Press. ISBN: 0-240-51995-7
White Paul (2000), Live Sound, Sanctuary Publishing Ltd ISBN:1-860-74271-8
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Madsen, D (1991) Successful Dissertations and Theses: A Guide to Graduate Student Research from Proposal to Completion Jossey Bass Wiley
Gibson, Bill (2007) Ultimate Live Sound Operator's Handbook. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN: 1-423-41971-5
Hunter- Stark Scott (2002)Live sound reinforcement: a comprehensive guide to P.A.. Mix books ISBN: 0-918371-07-4
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