Course Title: Audio Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Audio Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Professor Margaret Lech

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1028

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B012 F08 R017

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are expected to have completed courses (specially signal and system related courses) in electrical/electronic engineering at second year university level, and you should be able to write Matlab applications to solve typical signal processing or electrical/electronic engineering problems.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to a series of topics in audio engineering and acoustics. It is designed to build upon your knowledge of signal processing and electrical engineering to enhance your appreciations of signal processing theory and techniques applied to speech, audio and acoustics.

Topics to be studied in this course include psychoacoustics, speech/audio compression, speech/audio signal processing, electrostatics, room acoustics, speakers and microphones, Dolby noise reduction, movie sound, surround sound and hearing aids. 

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onward. See the WAM information web page for more information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

 At postgraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:
• High levels of technical competence in the field
• Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe characteristics of the human auditory system.
  2. Identify signal processing tasks for the design of hearing aids.
  3. Understand basic models of speech production and speech analysis.
  4. Understand basics of sound source separation and adaptive filtering. 
  5. Describe the types of speakers, microphones and amplifiers.
  6. Understand principles of room acoustics.
  7. Understand the basis of the Dolby noise reduction systems.
  8. Understand the principles of movie sound and surround sound.
  9. Identify methods of speech and audio compression. 
  10. Design and test basic audio-signal processing algorithms. 



Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are:

  • Weekly 2-hour lectures
  • Weekly 2-hour laboratory excises

Please note that this course does not have tutorial classes.


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources for this course include:

  • Lecture notes as prepared by the teaching staff.
  • Computer equipment made available to students during scheduled laboratory classes.
  • Course materials as provided available online via Canvas.


Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

The assessment for this course is comprised of laboratory activities, a class test and final exam.

 Practical measurement skills will be assessed through written reports on laboratory exercises. All assessment tasks will assess your ability to critically analyse results and provide arguments to support design decisions. Written feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks except for the class tests. The assessment and learning outcomes for this course are only available in RMIT Melbourne city campus.

 Assessment Tasks              

Test 1, Total 20%
The test will be held during a lecture, and this assessment task supports CLOs 1 - 4. 2.

Test 2, Total 20%
The test will be held during a lecture, and this assessment task supports CLOs 5 - 8.

Test 3, Total 20%
The test will be held during a lecture, and this assessment task supports CLOs 9 - 10. 

Laboratory activities: 40%
The laboratory activities and reports will help you understand the practical aspects of the topics covered and effective communication of your understanding of course topics and concepts. This assessment task supports CLOs 1 - 4, and 9- 10.