FIT3172 - Sonics - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Not offered in 2018


24 points of second year units


This unit focuses on the capture, editing and creation/generation of digital sounds and soundscapes for virtual reality environments and games. Students will gain an understanding of the physical and acoustic properties of digital sounds, their communicative capacities, and learn how to layer, manipulate, synthesise and adaptively code digital sound waveforms. In their assignments, students will apply this understanding in the design and creative production of a soundscapes, soundtracks and the sound design of immersive environments.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain digital representations of sound and its physical and acoustic properties;
  2. implement sound design principles in digital sound recording, editing and synthesis;
  3. construct and create soundscapes and sound tracks;
  4. design and develop immersive, dynamic and adaptive soundscapes.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • One hour lecture/seminar
    • Three hours tutorial/laboratories
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours of personal study in order to satisfy the reading, tute, prac and assignment expectations.

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