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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: TON2005 Module Title: ELECTROACOUSTICS
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU2.ELECACS
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: ZIELINSKI S Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Coursework (30% of total assessment)

A series of assignments (approximately five) are set during the module. The assignments take the form of problem solving exercises and/or short essays.



Examination (70% of total assessment)

One two hour paper towards the end of the Semester 2.


Module Overview
Level HE1 Audio Signal Processing
Module Aims

To familiarise you with the basic principles of operation, analysis and design of loudspeakers and microphones.




Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to:




  • Describe the transduction mechanisms found in loudspeakers and microphones


  • Describe the operating principles of moving coil, electrostatic, ribbon and horn loudspeakers


  • Mathematically describe the performance of a loudspeaker unit


  • Discuss the performance limitations of typical real designs


  • Describe the principles of operation of pressure, pressure gradient, combination, and highly directional microphones


  • Describe the design of electrostatic, moving coil, and ribbon microphones


  • Describe and explain microphone specifications.


Module Content
Methods of Teaching/Learning

One two hour lecture per week during the Autumn Semester.




Selected Texts/Journals

Borwick, John, 1994: Loudspeaker and Headphone Handbook ( London : Focal Press)

Rumsey, Francis and Tim McCormick, 2002: Sound and Recording – An Introduction ( London : Focal Press)

Eargle, John, 2004: The Microphone Book, ( London : Focal Press)

Colloms, Martin, 2005: High Performance Loudspeakers ( Chichester : Willey)

Hunt, Frederick, 1982: Electroacoustics (American Institute of Physics for the Acoustical Society of )







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