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Undergraduate Course: Computer Programming for Music Technology (MUSI09001)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces the skills necessary for Music Technology students to develop computer programs using modern computer systems. It also introduces fundamental concepts of program construction in a suitable high-level programming language. Students will be specifically introduced to Max/MSP external programming in C.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Creative Music Technology (MUSI08057)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Computer Programming Skills and Concepts (INFR08022)
Other requirements Only available to students on the BMus Music Technology degree programme.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS2) Quota:  2
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 16, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 70 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1.Practical Exam (70%) - held in the December Examination diet.
Computer-based 3 hour examination.
Administered by Informatics

2. Coursework (30%)
a. Formative coursework assignments cover areas from across the syllabus. One of the coursework assignments will be for Summative assessment: due mid-semester (10%)
Administered by Informatics

b. Max/MSP External Objects Assessed Assignment (20%)
Administered by Music

Feedback Formative assessment will be used to provide feedback and guidance to students and will take the form of exercise sheets, practical programming exercises and coursework assignments, covering areas from across the syllabus. The goal will be to lead the students to become independent programmers.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Computer Programming for Music Technology3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. You will become familiar with a large part of the C programming language.
  2. You will develop the problem-solving and technical skills to analyse small-scale computational problems, and to subsequently design, encode and debug C programs to solve such problems.
  3. You will understand some of the basic principles underlying the discipline of computer science, and gain some appreciation of different styles of programming to the imperative style explored in this course.
  4. You will become familiar with Max/MSP external programming in C and will have demonstrated this in a programming task.
  5. You will have developed problem solving skills: the ability to analyse a modest-scale computational problem, develop a solution at the level of a high-level program design, and implement that design in a programming language.
Reading List
Loy, Gareth, Musimathics: The Mathematical Foundations of Music, MIT Press 2006
Volume I: Musical Elements
Volume II: Musical Signals
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Informatics: 2 lecture hours and 2 lab hours each week.

Music: 2 x 2 seminar hours in week 11.
Keywordsmusic computing computer programming
Course organiserDr Michael Edwards
Tel: (0131 6)50 2431
Course secretaryMiss Carrie Lyall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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