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Undergraduate Course: Maths for Music Technology I: Essential Maths for Music [MFM I] (MUSI08058)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe MFM I and MFM II courses aim to provide first and second year BMusTech students with a solid set of mathematical skills that are both relevant to their degree program and at a technical level close to that of introductory first year undergraduate mathematics courses (as delivered by the School of Maths).

While there are two separate courses to be delivered (MFM I in Semester 1 of year 1, MFM II in Semester 2 of year 2), they should really be thought of as two parts of a single program. The second year course will directly build upon the skills and experience of the first.

The emphasis throughout both courses will be upon the application of the maths skills to problems in music, sound processing and acoustics. There will be a small quantity of Matlab programming involved which will seek to make such applications explicit and engaging.

Taken together (as they normally should be), the courses provide a solid foundation for the more complex mathematical techniques used in some later Music Technology courses such as Musical Applications of Fourier Theory and Digital Signal Processing (MUSI10055), and Physics-based Modelling of Musical Instruments (MUSI10076).
Course description 1) Algebraic manipulation
2) Curve sketching
3) Trigonometry
4) Logarithms and exponentials (dB scale etc).
5) Introductory calculus
6) Complex numbers
7) Statistics for sound and acoustics
8) Error analysis
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There will be continuous assessment (30%) and a final exam (in the December Diet) (70%).

-- Weekly hand-ins related to the lectures/workshop provide the continuous component.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Maths for Music Technology I: Essential Maths for Music1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)Maths for Music Technology I: Essential Maths for Music1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of maths concepts essential in acoustics and music technology, including calculus, curve sketching, trigonometry, complex numbers and logarithms.
  2. Application of essential maths concepts within a musical and acoustical framework.
  3. Develop an appreciation of the importance of data and statistical analysis for robust acoustical measurements.
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Course organiserDr Michael Newton
Course secretaryMiss Carrie Lyall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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