Applications of Music Technology

Course code MTEC6700Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

This compulsory course equips the student with a broad comprehension of music technology as utilised throughout the music industry. It examines computer software and hardware issues pertinent to the field of music. In addition to addressing information technology structures, fundamental music technology principles are examined and specific relevant topics addressed in more detail. Topics include music computer operating systems, music technology equipment specifications, data structures, digital audio, MIDI fundamentals, music software approaches, and practical applications of music technology. Students will obtain a solid theoretical grounding at a standard required for study in music technology at the postgraduate level. Additional topics may be added (or topics removed) to keep up with changes in technology.

Available in 2014

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesBy the end of this course, students will be expected to:

1. have obtained a sound knowledge of the core areas of music technology;
2. have developed appropriate technical aptitude at a level suitable for postgraduate study in music technology;
3. be able to configure computer hardware and software for use in music applications and demonstrate a logical approach to problem solving;
4. be familiar with the various approaches of music software packages;
5. be aware of multifarious practical applications of music technology;
6. demonstrate an ability to use email, access web-based resources and to participate in electronic discussion groups.
ContentTopics may include (but are not limited to):

Hardware - computer configuration for use in musical applications, problem solving, maintenance, signal flow
Software - installation/removal of music software packages, configuring MIDI and audio drivers, use of the Internet and email, appreciation of different types of music software packages, software upgrades/patches, configuring operating systems
Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) - Nature of MIDI, configuring MIDI hardware and software, differences between MIDI and audio, applications of MIDI
Additional study areas may include practical applications of music technology, usability issues of music technology (and other related emerging topics to maintain course relevancy).
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces no existing courses. No courses offered within the University provides a similar focus on Music Technology applications at postgraduate level. This course will have no impact on other Faculties or Schools.
TransitionThis course requires no transitional arrangements.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents undertaking this course are required to have minimum levels of computer literacy and musical ability as necessary for entry into the Master of Music Technology and Graduate Certificate in Music Technology programs. No additional assumed knowledge is required. (Further details of the levels expected are available from the program convener.)
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item #3 (30% of total assessment) - This assessment item requires the student to examine and identify real life practical issues of music technology as applied to their line of work/area of interest. This may include (but is not limited to) discussion about practical applications of music technology and the development of a written proposal outlining a music technology configuration.
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item #1 (30% of total assessment) - This assessment item will use the student's analytical, problems solving, reseach and writing skills. Students will be required to provide shorts answers to a series of questions related to the field of music technology and be able to demonstrate their understanding of computer music configurations.
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item #2 (30% of total assessment) - This assessment item requires the student to evaluate music software and to produce a report summarising their findings. Their investigation may include (but is not limited to) usability, musical content, approaches and techniques adopted, use of MIDI and audio, etc. This will result in the student understanding common fundamental approaches used in music technology software.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionAssessment Item #4 (10% of total assessment) - Students will need to provide evidence of online class participation and activities from throughout the duration of the trimester. The summary should include evidence about the frequency, content and relevancy of their online contributions. This may include information from discussion forms, virtual chats sessions, email communication, etc.
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for MTEC6700