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

Course Coordinator: Dr Eva Cheng

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2976

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.08.07

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, sound absorption, sound transmission, muffler and sound field control.


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. Implement speech and audio signal processing algorithms.
  2. Identify and describe characteristics of the human auditory system.
  3. Describe the types of speakers, microphones and amplifiers.
  4. Perform basic room acoustics design and measurements.
  5. Perform basic building acoustics design and measurements.
  6. Perform basic noise control design and measurements.
  7. Perform basic sound field design.



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.
  • Acoustics laboratories and acoustic test equipment made available to students during scheduled laboratory classes.
  • Course materials as provided available online via myRMIT Studies.


Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

The assessment for this course is comprised of laboratory activities, class tests and online assessments. Please note that this course does not have a 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              

1. Mid-semester class test: 20%

The mid-semester test will be held during the Week 6 lecture, and this assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2.

 2. 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 5.

 3. Online tests: 20%

Online tests are designed to assess your comprehension and understanding of the course topics and concepts. This assessment task supports CLOs 1-7.

 4. End-semester class test: 20%

This test will be held during the Week 12 lecture, and this assessment task supports CLOs 3-7.