Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Trimester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able 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.


Topics 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).

Assumed knowledge

Students 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.)

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1

Report: Report

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution

Contact hours

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Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Use of Blackboard discussion forums and email for asynchronous online communication in addition to a synchronous online virtual chat (1 hour) per week