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Introduction to Sound Studies (SOU169)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description We are immersed in sound everywhere we go - phones, barking dogs, car alarms, church bells, football crowds, concerts, birds, musak, building sites, traffic. The city and the bush, natural, mechanical and electronic, personal and public. What impact does sound have on our lives? How has technology changed the types of sound we hear and how we use sound in our lives? This unit examines sound in our culture, how it has changed and how it could change in the future.
Unit Learning Outcomes ULO1. Demonstrate understanding the interrelatedness of commercial, technological and cultural factors with respect to sound in media.
ULO2. Understand how sound can be used to shape reactions to and feelings about places, products, eras
ULO3. Demonstrate a knowledge and application of the principles and theoretical perspectives and concepts of sound studies
ULO4. recognise that sound is broad and multi-disciplinary and impacts on, and is influenced by, other academic traditions, creative and practical disciplines
ULO5. Present information, articulating arguments and conclusions
ULO6. Communicate through the creative use of sound
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour; tutorials/workshops: 1.5 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is centred around a blended strategy that enhances classroom activities with a selection of modules on the LMS. These activities are mainly forum based, some of which are assessed. In addition to the theoretical content in this unit one element is production based. After a workshop that explains the use of portable sound recorders the students keep a sound diary that contains sound recordings and written reflections with regards to the recordings.
Other Learning Experiences During one of the tutorials students partake in a simple sound recording workshop.
Assessment 1. (10%) Tutorial participation:
2. (20%) Oral presentation and report: Group presentation and individual report (500 words)
3. (35%) Sound Diary: A series of forums and a reflective diary with edited audio clips (1500 words)
4. (35%) Essay (1500 words Essay)
Feedback on items 2-4 can be expected online, together with your mark. You will receive oral feedback from peers and your tutor to your tutorial participation and your presentation (part of item 2).
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC169 Introduction to Sound Studies may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: MCC169
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Communication + Creative Media [Combined] (BCommun)+(BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Games Art and Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Graphic Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Photography (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Screen Production (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Sound (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Simon Order
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e: s.order@murdoch.edu.au
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