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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: TON3002 Module Title: AUDIO RESEARCH SEMINARS
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU3.AUDIOSEM
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MASON RD Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Run once, throughout the year 

One 2-hour seminar each week in Semesters 1 and 2.  For the seminars you present you will need to spend approximately 6 to 7 days writing the paper and preparing the presentation. 

Assessment Pattern

Assessment is based on:

a)   Class presentations (20%)

                  b)   Written papers (80%)

 The quality of the written paper, including its structure, its presentation and the research merit involved, forms the majority of the mark.  A small proportion is given for the quality of the class presentation, since some instruction and comment has been provided in this respect.  It also allows for those who express themselves better in a verbal form than in a written form, but acknowledges that improvement in presentation techniques is not the principal aim of the unit.






Because attendance at this module is compulsory, up to two marks may be deducted from your final module mark for each absence (or late arrival or early leaving).  It is your responsibility to ensure that you sign the attendance register and to provide suitable evidence if you are absent for medical reasons.



Module Overview


Module Aims

These seminars are designed to increase your familiarity with, and understanding of, specialised areas of audio engineering not normally covered in the formal lecture units.  They are also designed to help you gain confidence in presenting your ideas in front of other people, and are a useful introduction to the academic research and writing that is required for the Final Year Technical Project.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the module you should be able to:

·        independently research a previously unfamiliar topic in a detailed manner

·        collate and discuss this research in a coherent form in a written literature review

·        clearly communicate a summary of your research in the form of a presentation

Module Content

Topics to be agreed in Week 1 or 2, relating to audio engineering, acoustics, auditory perception or sound recording.  It is possible for a research paper to be on a similar topic to that taught elsewhere in the course, but it is expected that your paper will contain a level of detail and understanding far beyond that included in other modules.  Your chosen topic should be different to the subject area that you are considering for your Final Year Technical Project.




Methods of Teaching/Learning

A plenary meeting will be held in Week 1, during which the course will be introduced and a schedule for the year determined. Seminar topics for each person will be agreed either in week 1 or week 2.  This list will be published to allow everyone to prepare for all the seminars. It will be useful if you consider suitable topics in advance of the first session.  In the first few weeks there will be lectures on a range of topics as discussed in the plenary meeting; this will most likely include literature search methods, technical writing skills and presentation techniques. 




For the seminar, you will give one short presentation (approx. 20 minutes) on an agreed subject, supported by a written paper (guide length 4,000 words).  The written paper should be submitted to the convenor by 23:59:59 on the Sunday at the end of Week 6 of Semester 1 as a PDF file via the department online coursework submission form. Files must not be password protected. It is your responsibility to ensure that the PDF file opens properly and displays correctly on a recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (such as is available on most of the university PCs in the library or AP computer labs). The PDF files will subsequently be posted on the department website. 




The seminars will take place, three per week, from Week 9 onwards, to allow time for preparation.  The order of presentation will be decided in Weeks 1 or 2.  Following each seminar, a group discussion will ensue, led by the convenor and the person presenting the paper, to which all members are expected to contribute. 

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