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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 22/07/2022 10:43:29

Title of Module: Audio Mastering

Code: COMP10007 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Robert  Goldie

Summary of Module

This module’s content covers the areas of audio mastering in terms of the process, aims and objectives and the application of current technological development.

Mastering theory and technologies will be discussed through lectures, demonstrations, labs, and weekly guided study tasks (reading).

The main topics include:

  • Principles of mastering
  • Critical listening skills
  • Advanced processing techniques
  • Mastering grade technologies
  • Delivery formats and levels
  • Further develop listening skills for assessing the technical and creative qualities of a pre-master mix

  • Gain a deeper knowledge of advanced utilisation of audio processing for the purpose of mastering

  • Cover the full range of processing in relation to mastering including equalisation, dynamics control, spatial processing and mid-side processing

  • Develop an awareness and appreciation of current trends in mixing/production in relation to mastering

  • Develop and awareness of current formats for audio distribution and their inherent qualities

  • This module embeds the key “I am UWS” graduate attributes and in particular: Analytical listening, reflective problem solving, autonomy and creative innovation.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate and justify critical and analytical judgements on musical aesthetics

L2. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using a wide range of professional skills, techniques and practices within audio mastering

L3. Offer professional insights, interpretations and solutions to problems and issues in the mastering process

L4. Use a wide range of routine, advanced and specialised skills to develop a portfolio

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

Demonstrate and/or work with:

• Knowledge that covers and integrates most of the principal areas, features, boundaries, terminology and conventions of mastering.

•a critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles applied to mastering.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Adopt a systematic approach to the processes of audio production using the specialist audio tools applied within the context of mastering.

Investigate the currently available equipment, software and facilities for audio mastering.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Assimilate the operating principles of specialised audio tools.

Make and justify subjective critical judgements on musical aesthetics.

Demonstrate a balance between professional protocol, originality and creativity in dealing with professional level production of audio.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Use a range of professional software to facilitate work at this level.

Interpret, use and evaluate numerical and graphical data to make judgements of equipment specification.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Exercise autonomy and initiative in professional/ equivalent activities.

Take significant responsibility for the processing or audio work of others and for a range of hardware and software resources.

Work with peers to bring about new thinking on audio issues.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Music Technology Project
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Theoretical underpinning is provided through seminars, demonstrations, guided reading and listening. Advanced studio practices are presented by demonstration and tutorial. Students are encouraged to interact in discussion with peers and staff. Studio skills such as critical listening are refined in this module.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity16
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop20
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Access to DAWs and appropriate plugins.

Access to dedicated mastering hardware, software and monitoring system.

Internet Access

Katz, B. (2014) Mastering Audio: The Art and Science. 3rd edn. Routledge

Owsinski, B. (2017) The Mastering Engineer's Handbook. 4th edn. Bobby Owsinski Media Group

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Students must complete the assessment milestones laid out in the handbook in respect of the submissions. Students must attend formal lecture sessions and separate tutorial-group sessions

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCreative Computing
ModeratorDerek Turner
External ExaminerJ Paterson
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by JAMES as part of BSc (Hons) Music Technology.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
CW1 (40%): Critical mix analysis and mastering plan
CW2 (60%): Portfolio and documentation
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written workcheck mark check mark 404

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 8 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The University policies on equality and diversity will apply to this module.This module is designed to provide equal opportunities for all students irrespective of their age, additional support requirements, gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, religion, beliefs, or sexual orientation. Students may take differing viewpoints with respect to their cultural, religious or family backgrounds. Reasonable adjustments can be made if related issues arise.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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