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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Physics and Astronomy : Undergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Undergraduate Course: Musical Acoustics (PHYS08021)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn introduction to the nature of musical sound and the basic physics governing the behaviour of musical instruments.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Summative Assessment Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessed work, 40%
Degree examination, 60%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Musical Acoustics2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Musical Acoustics2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the basic nature of musical sound. Explain what is meant by a travelling and standing wave and understand the relation between frequency, wavelength and speed. Have a basic understanding of the use of sound analysis software to show the frequency components of sound. Understand how the musical sound is detected by the ear and interpreted by the brain.
  2. Discuss the relationships between the perceived pitch, loudness and timbre of a sound. Be able to calculate the interval in pitch between sounds having a given ratio of frequencies. Be able to state the frequency ratios and pitch intervals of the first 6 members of a harmonic series.
  3. Explain the necessity for ┐temperament" in musical scales, & discuss the differences between scales based on Just Intonation, Mean Tone Temperament & Equal Temperament.
  4. Explain how sound is generated, transformed & radiated by bowed and plucked stringed instruments, keyboard stringed instruments, woodwind & brass instruments, percussion instruments, electronic instruments & the human voice
  5. Describe how the musical sound is influenced by the concert hall where the performance takes place. Be able to define the "reverberation time" of a concert hall and relate this to the size and design of the hall. Use sound analysis software to measure the reverberation time of a concert hall.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Tutorials and practical work, 1 hour per week, as arranged.
KeywordsMusAc
Contacts
Course organiserProf Daniel Watts
Tel: (0131 6)50 5254
Email: daniel.watts@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Alicja Ross
Tel: (0131 6)50 5905
Email: Ala.Ross@ed.ac.uk
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