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MUSC9004 - Music & Technology Research

Title:Music & Technology Research
Long Title:Music & Technology Research
Module Code:MUSC9004
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 30
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 2 - 2020/21 ( January 2021 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: HUGH MC CARTHY
Module Description: This project takes place in Semester 3 of a 90 credit taught Masters. It focuses on the investigation of aspects of music and technology, through new interpretations of existing knowledge or the presentation of new material. The project can also take the form of a software/hardware development project.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Develop a project plan that specifies breadth and depth of the project as well as putting it in context, and identifies learning gaps that must be bridged.
LO2 Propose a number of solutions to a complex problem, based on current state of the art.
LO3 Demonstrate the potential impact of creative/technical decisions/judgements in matters social, ethical, environmental, commercial and organisational in line with the guidelines available, e.g. through representative bodies such as Engineers Ireland (EI), for promoting the highest standards of behaviour.
LO4 Describe the methodologies, techniques and reasoning behind the proposed solutions to the complex problem through a dissertation.
LO5 Defend the completed research in the presence of academics, experts and peers.
LO6 Prepare a conference publication that synthesises key findings and analytical developments.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Project Selection
Discussions on possible projects initiated by student or by the academic staff involved in the programme will occur during both semesters 1 and 2.
Literature Review
All projects will initially involve a literature review to assess the state of the art in the area and to help identify the context for the research to be undertaken. As this is a short period of research students may opt to submit initial findings to a panel of supervisors in week 8 of the Computer Music 2 module as part of an essay assignment. Suggested changes to the focus of the project may result from this process.
Project Operation
Regular meetings with the programme staff will ensure that the project remains focussed and that early detection of any problems can occur along with the identification of any remedial action required. All students will need to be aware of IP issues particularly in relation to publication.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Research dissertation and/or prototype, to include a finalised literature review. 1,2,3,4,5,6 100.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Supervision of research project or prototype development 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent research, composition and documentation 41.0 Every Week 41.00
Total Hours 42.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 42.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Curtis Roads 1996, The Computer Music Tutorial, MIT Press [ISBN: 9780262680820]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Klapuri, A. and Davy, M. 2006, Signal Processing Methods for Music Transcription, Springer-Verlag New York [ISBN: 978-038730667]
  • Tomlinson Holman 2007, Surround Sound: Up and Running, 2nd Ed., Elsevier [ISBN: ISBN 0240808290]
  • Philip Richard Newell 2007, Recording Studio Design, 2nd Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: ISBN 0240520866]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUST_9 Master of Science in Music and Technology 3 Mandatory

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