SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH623532
Module Leader Patrick Quinn
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Audio Engineering
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Audio Processing and Effects

Summary of Content

This module is designed to develop students' knowledge of the converging technologies that are commonly being used in audio and visual contexts. The ubiquitous nature of computer networking technology requires everyone to have a working knowledge of general networking mixed with an application in real world context within audio and vision.


Audio and Video requirements/specifications: bandwidth, QoS, latency, compression, unicast v multicast, on demand, codecs Network Principles: classification of networks, topologies, architectures, OSI model, bandwidth, encoding, transport, network building blocks, switches, servers Network systems: IP4 and IP6 addressing, types of address, subnetting, transport layer protocols Networking for AV: Range of current and emerging technologies including Ethernet, AVB, Ethersound, Cobranet, Dante, Ravenna, AES-67, MADI, MIDI, DMX, OSC, MPEG Applications: Live sound, installation, broadcasting

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1.Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of transfer of audio and video signals across networks.2.Describe network principles contexualised in an AV environment.3.Analyse the usage of networks in a variety of AV applications 4.Assemble, test and compare the application of technology in a variety of AV contexts

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The University 'Strategy for Learning' documentation has informed the learning and teaching strategy for this module. Lectures will cover the theoretical principles underpinning the module referring to case studies where appropriate. Directed learning activities will be used to allow students to explore in greater depth at their own pace relevant scenarios for the use of AV networking technologies. Practical exercises will take place to provide opportunities for students to explore technologies in a real world environment increasing their employability.

Indicative Reading

Grimes, Brad (2014) Networked AV Systems: New York. McGraw Hill Kovalick, Al (2013) Video Systems in an IT Environment, 2 nd Edition: New York, Focal Press Ibrahim, K.K (2007) Television and Video Technology, 4 th Edition Pizzi, Skip and Jones, Graham (2014) A Broadcast Engineering Tutorial for Non-Engineers: New York, Focal Press Rumsey, Francis and McCormick, Tim (2014) Sound and Recording, 7 th Edition. New York, Focal Press

Transferrable Skills

Specialist knowledge and application, Critical thinking and problem solving, Critical analysis, Communication skills, written, oral and listening, Effective Information retrieval and research skills, Computer literacy, Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working), Awareness of strengths and weaknesses, Creativity, innovation & independent thinking, Appreciating and desiring the need for continuing professional development, Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness, Entrepreneurial, independence and risk-taking, Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work), Interpersonal skills, team working and leadership, Presentation skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 128.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Practical
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Exam (Exams Office)