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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 22/07/2022 10:45:42

Title of Module: Professional Studio Practice

Code: COMP09061 SCQF Level: 9
(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 will provide students with the opportunity to expand upon previously gained recording and production techniques to successfully run a high-quality and complex recording session covering the following areas:

  • Working sympathetically in conjunction with artist/talent on a mix-production basis
  • Session planning prior to recording with relevance to templates, technical, creative and artistic requirement
  • Applying techniques relating to specific musical styles and instrumentation
  • Application of complex mixing, processing and production techniques
  • Knowledge of file-handling and archiving procedure
  • Basic mastering techniques


  • Liaison with external contacts for the purpose of recording

  • Plan a recording session to a professional level

  • Apply complex recording and mixing techniques with relevance to the required aesthetic demands of a client

  • Develop further understanding of file-handling and archiving of materials

  • Apply basic stereo master processing techniques for a range of final formats

  • This module embeds the key “I am UWS” graduate attributes and in particular: Critical Thinking, digital literacy, autonomy and collaborative skills. Skilled in the creative and technical aspects of the subject.

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. LO1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of the principles, principal theories, concepts and terminologies associated with audio capture using appropriate digital recording resources.

L2. LO2. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding using a range of professional skills, techniques and practices by harnessing appropriate technological tools for the purpose of recording and production.

L3. LO3. Identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues that may occur during a digital audio capture process.

L4. LO4. Exercise autonomy and initiative at a professional level during a studio recording session, showing awareness of own and other's roles and responsibilities.

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 9.

Demonstrate a broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the preparation, pre-planning, organisation and documentation of a recording session.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of appropriate professional recording, mixing and production techniques applicable to a specified project.

Display a detailed working knowledge of current recording, mixing and production techniques informed by critical listening and demonstrations with reference to commercial releases.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Use a selection of the principal skills, techniques, practices associated with recording, mixing and production techniques

Apply advanced techniques and practices relating to the process of making a professional release.

Engage in the research and application of current and past production techniques

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertake critical analysis, evaluation or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues that may be incorporated or have an effect during the progress of the project

Study existing recording, mixing and recording techniques and justify their application when utilised within the project

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Use a range of routine skills and some advanced skills in support of previously established practices in recording, mixing and production

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Exercise autonomy and initiative during the various stages of the recording, mixing and production stages to a professional level

Work actively with others in a small group taking account of own and others roles and responsibilities

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Recording and Production 2
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The presentation of practical work within a recording studio in this module will be done on a small group basis. Content will be delivered via video demonstrations, and in-person studio work. Lab exercises will utilised to engage the students with advanced production, mixing and workflow processes in relation to audio capture.
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:

Studio access

Internet access

Computer access

Equipment manuals

Huber, D (2017) Modern Recording Techniques. 9th edn. Routledge

Runsey, F (2014) Sound and Recording: Applications and Theory. 7th edn. Routledge

Burgess, R (2013) The Art of Music Production: The Theory And Practice. Oxford University Press

Owsinski, B (2017) The Mixing 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%): Session templates and pre-planning

Formative assessments will be implemented in the form of pre-recorded mixes and recording techniques to provide feedback and advice prior to the recording of external clients.
CW2 (60%): Mixing and production
(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 markcheck 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% 52 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
This module is designed to provide equal opportunities for all students irrespective of their age, disability, 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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