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This subject explores the physics of the generation, propagation and measurement of sound.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should:
- understand the physical parameters of sound (intensity, frequency, period and phase);
- understand the concept of the decibel and be able to convert sound pressure and intensity levels to decibels and vice versa;
- understand complex waves and resonance, and how these concepts relate to filters and speech acoustics;
- understand sound transmission and room acoustics, and be able to measure sound levels and calculate reverberation time in a room; and
- understand the concept of impedance and how mechanical and acoustic impedance relate to audiological testing.
On completion of this subject, students should show:
- well developed problem-solving abilities
- an ability to evaluate and synthesise information in a flexible manner
- a capacity to articulate their knowledge in both oral and written formats
Last updated: 29 October 2019