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Soundtrack (SOU377)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Sound used in conjunction with images provides a powerful yet invisible way of affecting our experience. This unit aims to explore the use of sound in audio-visual productions such as films, television and games. The creative use of sound and music in drama, children's television, first person player games and documentary are among the areas that are examined. Students will gain a critical awareness of the potential of sound and music with moving images.
Unit Learning Outcomes ULO1. Articulate an understanding of the interrelatedness of commercial, technological and cultural factors with respect to sound in audio-visual media.
ULO2. Demonstrate how sound can be used to shape reactions individually and in conjunction with images
ULO3. Apply principles and theoretical perspectives and concepts of sound theory
ULO4. Collect, record and interpret data, incorporating qualitative and quantitative evidence into reasoned arguments
ULO5. Present information clearly, articulating arguments and conclusions
ULO6. Synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources
Timetabled Learning Activities Film screening: 1 x 2 hours per week; Tutorial: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit examines the various ways the soundtrack is used to communicate, suggest, guide or persuade the audience. From the most literal use of the soundtrack with the advent of 'talking pictures' which signalled the biggest change in cinema, to the various conventions and uses of cinematic music, SOU377 focuses on different aspects of sound such as voice, sound effects and music as well as different theories which attempt to explain how we use them to get meaning, and how they are employed in the soundtracks of a range of audiovisual productions.
Other Learning Experiences Weekly lectures will be available online.
Assessment 1 Music Analysis for film/tv/game
2 Film soundtrack essay
3 Examination
Prerequisites SOU169 Introduction to Sound Studies
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC377 Soundtrack may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Leo Murray
Head of Discipline Creative Media, Arts and Design

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2349
e: L.Murray@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.055 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Leo Murray
Head of Discipline Creative Media, Arts and Design

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2349
e: L.Murray@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.055 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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