Interactive Audio Electronics - CMAT5170

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Charles Hutchins checkmark-circle


Students will build on their knowledge of basic electronics and will be introduced to a processor based computer interface (e.g. Arduino). Students will learn how to write code for the interface, and will work towards an assessed design project that includes some electronic circuit design as well as some programming in order to create an interface to control audio. Some design and construction using wood, metal and/or plastic, will be necessary for building final projects.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods

1) Presentation (20 min) 20%
2) Written report (1500 words) 80% [includes schematic diagrams]

Reassessment Methods

- Like-for-like. If the Presentation element is failed, it should be resubmitted as a video.

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.
Group DIY forum.

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 critical understanding of well-established principles and processes in electronic audio interface design;
2) apply underlying electronics concepts and principles to the design of a device for generating, modifying or controlling audio;
3) critically evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems in audio electronics design;
4) design and build technological resources using audio electronics for the purpose of interface design.

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

1) prepare work using IT skills, including use of online and electronic information sources;
2) use a range of techniques to enable effective communication of ideas and principles to others;
3) develop time management skills to plan and use resources effectively;
4) work independently and understand their own learning style and work regime.


  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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