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Postgraduate Course: Acoustics (MUSI11047)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn introductory course on audible acoustic waves in air, and of the vibration of simple systems including strings, bars and membranes, as well as acoustic tubes.
Course description The course consists of two parts: a lectured technical/mathematical component (weeks 1-8), and a hands-on practical component (weeks 9-12). In the first part of the course there are eight lectures and eight tutorials that cover a range of topics related to vibration and sound. In the second part of the course, during the final few weeks of teaching, you will undertake work on a short project, involving the analysis of room impulse responses.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Postgraduate Musical Applications of Fourier Theory and Digital Signal Processing (MUSI11034)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Postgraduates Only
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 21, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 9, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There are four assessed components in this course. These include three problem sets, plus the Acoustics Project. These will be due in Weeks 4,7,10 (problem sets) and 13 (project report). For the problem sets, you will be asked to work through a number of mathematical problems and to demonstrate your ability to solve them, using the concepts and skills learned in the lectures and in the tutorials. For the Acoustics Project, you will be asked to analyse a number of room impulse responses, and to provide a detailed report of your findings.

Problem Set 1: 22 %
Problem Set 2: 22 %
Problem Set 3: 22 %
Acoustics Project: 34 %
Feedback Students will receive staff and peer feedback on an ongoing basis as part of class discussion. Feedback on the problem sets will be provided by brief written comments and is intended to inform subsequent points of assessment, incl. the final project. Written feedback on the acoustics project will be provided within 15 working days of the hand-in date.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 1. Demonstrate familiarity with the wave equation for string vibration and traveling wave decompositions.
  2. 2. Demonstrate familiarity with the equation of motion of a vibrating bar and with the equation of motion of a vibrating membrane.
  3. 3. Derive expressions for modal shapes and frequencies for simple systems and calculate expressions for phase and group velocity for a given system.
  4. 4. Demonstrate familiarity with the three-dimensional linear acoustic wave equation, including the assumptions and approximations made in its derivation.
  5. 5. Evidence an understanding of the basic principles of room acoustics, including the analysis of impulse response measurements.
Reading List
Numerical Sound Synthesis: Finite Difference Schemes and SImulation in Musical Acoustics (Bilbao)

The Musician's Guide to Acoustics (Campbell and Greated)

Vibration and Sound (Morse)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsacoustics,musical instruments
Course organiserDr Michele Ducceschi
Course secretaryMiss Laura Varga
Tel: (0131 6)50 2430
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