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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC3612 Digital Media Engineering

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr. Tim Amsdon

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides an understanding of digital audio and video compression and distribution principles. Students delve into the specifics of digital television, focusing on the DVB-T system. Through comprehensive learning, students will gain proficiency in the principles underlying the compression and distribution of digital audio and video, as well as the intricacies of the DVB-T system within the digital television domain.


On completion of this module students should be able:
- To explain the engineering principles for compression of digital audio, images and video.
- To describe, and quantitatively analyse, a range of compression formats for digital audio, images and video.
- To explain the principles of digital television, in particular the DVB-T system.
- To describe, and quantitatively analyse, the principles of modulation and error correction applied to the DVB-T system.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes:
1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of complex digital media problems. Some of the knowledge will be at the forefront of digital media.
2. Analyse complex digital media problems to reach substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills:
a) Application of science, mathematics and/or engineering principles
b) Problem analysis


• Core aspects of digital media, covering data, image, and video formats, transmission, compression, and display.
• Digital distribution, broadcasting, with a focus on compression formats like JPEG and MPEG.
• Formats in modern digital media, DVB-T systems, and COFDM's role in improving signal integrity from transmitter to receiver.
• Error correction in DVB-T

Methods of Assessment

We are currently refreshing our modules to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full assessment details for this module are not available before the start of the academic year, at which time details of the assessment(s) will be provided.

Assessment for this module will consist of;

1 x Coursework
1 x Exam

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours54.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, which may include the use of self-test quizzes on Minerva, practice questions/worked examples and (where appropriate) through verbal interaction with teaching staff and/or post-graduate demonstrators.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 03/07/2024


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