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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS1610 Introduction to Electronic Music

10 creditsClass Size: 12

Module manager: Dr Ewan Stefani

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Module replaces

MUSS1611 Introduction to Electronic Music Production and Creation

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module introduces students to various practical and theoretical approaches to creating electronic music, following threads of key historical, technical and social developments. Practical tasks and contextual understanding underpin learning.Prior experience of working with a DAW is useful for this module, which explores practical techniques building upon students’ existing understanding of this sort of software.Please note, this module focuses on electronic music and offers a creative and critical introduction to the creation of electronic music. It is NOT, however, a DAW-based popular music production or song-writing module.


This module is deigned to introduce students to technical, historical, and creative practices in electronic music. These aspects of the discipline are underpinned by practical creation and skills development, and students are supported to reflect upon their practice through these lenses.

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate a practical understanding of key technological developments and skills in electronic music.
2. Demonstrate awareness of contemporary issues in relation to technology and practice in electronic music (e.g. social, cultural, critical, historical) by addressing these through practical work.
3. Reflect on how practical work is guided by both practical- and literature-based research.


Sessions offer a practical and theoretical approach to a range of topics that are central to contemporary and experimental electronic music creation. Indicative topics include technological developments in key technologies of electronic music. Examples of such technology may include digital audio workstations (DAWs), digital / analogue instruments and other hardware or software used in the creation of electronic music. The module also aims to promote awareness of a range of historical and contemporary issues in relation to technology and practice in electronic music (e.g. social, cultural, critical, historical).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment22.505.00
Private study hours86.00
Total Contact hours14.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Researching, developing and applying the practical and theoretical skills covered in classes (i.e. through experimentation): 4 hours per week x 10 weeks (40 hours total).
Research, including reading a range of critical, theoretical and technical sources as indicated by the reading list: 2 hours per week x 10 weeks (20 hours total)
Critical listening to existing work: 1.5 hours per week x 10 weeks (15 hours total)
Preparation for assessment: 11 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students complete regular exercises [LO 1] during and between sessions and are given formative feedback by tutors in class. Group-listening and discussions [LO 2, 3] also allow for peer and self-directed feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation10-minute reflective presentation on practical work100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Any resits would take place during resit week, giving a presentation (and thus present on campus or recorded). Students need access to multimedia facilities. The resit would take the form of a guided project, scaled down from the original presentation assignment (allowing a reasonable period for development and assessment.)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/08/2020


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