Audio Electronics - CMAT5040

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Charles Hutchins checkmark-circle


Basic electronics theory is accompanied by practical, hands-on circuit design in this module. Students will be introduced to the standard components used in electronic circuits, and will develop an understanding of how components are used to make some of the key types of circuits used in audio applications. These range from microphone amplifiers to electric guitar electronics, through effects units and synthesis modules. Students will gain practical experience of soldering which will also cover studio maintenance as well as circuit construction.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22
Independent Study Hours: 128
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

1) Individual take-home test (30%) [calculations and diagrams]
2) Written report circuit analysis (1500 words) 70%

Reassessment methods

1) Written report circuit analysis with calculations (1600 words) 100%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Hayes, T and Paul Horiwitz (2015). Learning the Art of Electronics: A Hands-On Lab Course. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Horowitz, P and Winfield Hill. (2015). The Art of Electronics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Intellin Organisation (2008). Electronic Audio Circuits Source Book. New York: Intellin.
Mancini, R (2002). Op Amps For Everyone. Dallas: Texas Instruments.
Scherz, P and Simon Monk (2016). Practical Electronics for Inventors. New York: McGraw Hill.
Slone, G. R. (2001). Audiophile's Project Sourcebook: 80 High-performance Audio Electronics Projects. New York: McGraw-Hill.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of well-established principles and processes in analogue audio electronics;
2) apply equations to solve problems within the field of audio electronics;
3) use technical rules and principles to analyse, interpret and evaluate a range of different circuit designs.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1) analyse data and to formulate and express relevant arguments and hypotheses;
2) assimilate different theoretical and aesthetic systems of thought and to relate theory to practice;
3) examine assumptions, concepts and hypotheses critically in the light of evidence, and make informed choices and apply insights from one area of study to another;
4) demonstrate relevant skills in information communication technologies and the use of electronic information sources.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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