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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 18/07/2022 11:48:51

Title of Module: Recording and Production 1

Code: COMP07068 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 30 ECTS: 15
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Colin  Grassie

Summary of Module

This module provides an introduction into the major theories, principles and concepts within digital audio theory and technology.  This will be presented through lecture and guided reading.

A structured approach to digital music production is presented within workshop demonstrations. Critical listening and analysis skills are developed with the aid of audio exercises in order to understand music and audio processing.

The technology applied to music production is outlined including: microphones, recorders, recording medium, signal path and processing in the context of music recording and production technology.

Students will gain practical experience of the recording, mixing and production of simple multi-track projects within a digital audio workstation.

  • Candidates will develop an overall appreciation of the major theories, principles and concepts within digital audio theory and technology.

  • Candidates will implement music production processing techniques in "mixing" multi-track music projects.

  • Candidates will develop an understanding of digital recording studio software and hardware configuration and operation.

  • Candidates will plan for standard multi-track music recording projects for a range of musical instruments.

  • Candidates will implement digial audio editing techniques and final product formatting.

  • This module embeds the key “I am UWS” graduate attributes and in particular: Universal and Work Ready

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 an overall appreciation of the major theories, principals and concepts within digital audio theory and technology.

L2. Apply some of the basic and routine professional skills, techniques, practices associated with digital music production.

L3. Use a range of approaches to address defined and routine problems and issues in preparation for a music recording project.

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 7.

Demonstrate and work with an overall appreciation of the body of knowledge that constitutes digital audio theory and technology.

Demonstrate and work with knowledge that is embedded in the main theories, concepts and principles of music production.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Use some of the basic and routine professional skills, techniques, and practices associated with audio recording and production.

Practise these skills in the context of acoustic and synthesised / digital sound sources.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Develop a structured approach to critically analysing music production processing.

Reflect upon a change of personal perception of audio developed through critical listening.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Develop a vocabulary for the discussion of music poduction processing.

Obtain a variety of information and data from print, internet and multimedia sources.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Exercise some initiative and independence in carrying out basic audio recording and production.

Exercise some initiative and independence, in planning for working with musical performers.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module uses a range of delivery methods supported by group discussion, listening and guided reading to present the technical and aesthetic context of music recording, mixing and production. Listening exercises are designed to give students an appreciation of the difference between listening to music for pleasure and listening as a sound engineer. Software is demonstrated and students can gain hands on experience of mixing and producing at a basic level. Throughout the module students are encouraged to interact with staff and peers. Extra hours allocated to the Music Technology Programme for PDP activities are managed within 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 Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop48
Independent Study228
300 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:

Pohlmann, K., 2011. Principles Of Digital Audio. 6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics.

Moylan, W., 2012. The Art Of Recording. 1st ed. Focal Press.

Huber, D. and Runstein, R., 2017. Modern recording techniques. 9th ed. Focal Press.

The following is a useful extension resource:

The following is a useful extension resource:

Details of further resources, including textbooks, and online resources will be identified and / or be made available via the prescribed VLE.

(**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 completion of the calss test, submission of an audio asset and finally a pre-production plan. Students must attend formal lecture and lab sessions.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCreative Computing
ModeratorRobert Goldie
External ExaminerJ Paterson
Accreditation DetailsThis module forms part of the BSc (Hons) Music Technology, which is accredited by JAMES
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Component 1 (30%): (Class Test) Students will demonstrate an overall appreciation of the major theories, principles and concepts within digital audio technology. This will include the testing of knowledge of standards sampling frequencies and bit depth resolutions, performing basic calculations for digital storage requirements for audio projects and theoretical digital dynamic range.
Assessment 2 (70%): (Portfolio of Practical Work) This will include the software configuration and planning for a multi-track studio recording project. Also a finalised stereo mix-down will be submitted from given multi-track project files.
(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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check mark  302

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical work check markcheck mark7024
Combined Total For All Components100% 26 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. In order for the student to complete this module the student will be required to view, audition and discuss videos and audio tracks relating to 20th century (western) popular music. There will be the opportunity for students to choose music from other popular music cultures for their mixing exercise. Students will practice critical listening to audio tracks and require the ability to discern and describe audible details. Students will use computer based recording hardware and software.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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