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Undergraduate Course: Acoustics and Music Technology Undergraduate Dissertation (MUSI10111)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe Acoustics and Music Technology Undergraduate Dissertation is a final year project required of all undergraduates in Acoustics and Music Technology. It consists of self-directed research into a topic agreed upon with the course organiser and an academic supervisor. The topic itself must fit broadly into the scope of the subjects taught in the degree, including acoustics, audio engineering or music technology. There may be a limited creative component to the final project, intended to demonstrate any new technology researched during the project.
Course description The final project is designed entirely by the student, and an intial proposal will be approved by the course organiser. Approval is subject to the scope of the proposed project, its level of rigour, and available staff expertise. Once a supervisor is assigned, the student will have semi-regular meetings with the supervisor, who will guide the student on technical aspects of the project. The project submission itself will consist of a formal document describing the work undertaken (the dissertation) as well as possibly other components of work, including computer code, experimental datasets, or a creative work. Each student will also prepare a 15 minute formal presentation illustrating the work undertaken. There is an introductory lecture for students at the beginning of the year.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 1, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Other Study Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 381 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other Study Hours: 1.5-3 hours individual student presentations (depending on class size)
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Project proposal (formative, 0%). A short formal description of the proposed project, including references, a timeline of activities, proposed supervisor name, and a list of necessary resources.
Dissertation (summative, 90%). A 5000 word document, describing all results obtained over the course of the project. Also included in the submission, alongside the written document, will be an archive of all datasets, computer code, audio, video or other documentation developed over the course of the project. Submission at end of semester 2 in April.
Presentation (summative, 10%). A 15 minute formal presentation, in the style of a conference presentation, including possibly a live demonstration of any technology developed during the course of the project. Format will be live, depending on COVID 19 restrictions. Otherwise, a pre-recorded presentation will be the submission format. Assessed in May Examination diet.

Written feedback will be provided for all components.
Feedback Written feedback on all components within timeframe in line with current university regulations,
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. design, plan and execute an individual programme of research
  2. demonstrate mastery of an aspect of acoustics, audio engineering or music technology, including the possibility of some limited creative work
  3. write a project proposal, and dissertation and design a presentation of the completed project
Reading List
Umberto Eco, How to Write a Thesis. Cambridge, Mass, and London: MIT Press, 2015.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Technical writing skills, through the production of an extensive summative document.

Programming skills, if they are covered by the topic chosen by the student.

Mathematical skills, if they are covered by the topic chosen by the student.

Experimental skills, if they are covered by the topic chosen by the student.

Hardware and device design skills, if they are covered by the topic chosen by the student.

Creative skills, if they are covered by the topic chosen by the student.

Presentation skills, suitable for industry or academia.
Keywordsacoustics,audio,music technology
Course organiserDr Michael Newton
Course secretaryMrs Carrie Parker
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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