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Syllabus for

Academic year
VTA160 - Human response to sound and vibration  
Människors respons på ljud och vibrationer
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-19 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPSOV
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 38114
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 40

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0199 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

In programs

MPSOV SOUND AND VIBRATION, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPSOV SOUND AND VIBRATION, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (compulsory elective)


Wolfgang Kropp

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Introduction to audio technology and acoustics or equivalent course


The course aims at giving the student a fundamental understanding of the complexity of human response to sound & vibration. The course will also make the students aware of the relative uncertainly of current knowledge of human reaction to noise and vibration and the dangers in predicting human response from currently typical measurement data. After the course the students should be familiar with current metrics of sound & vibration as applied to the estimation of human response.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Use objective methods for the estimation of human responses to sound and vibration.
  • Design, carry through, and analyze experiments using humans as measurement devices.
  • Be aware of the ethical considerations needed when using humans as measurement devices.
  • Understand and use fundamental psychoacoustic variables (including loudness, pitch, timbre, sharpness, roughness, fluctuation strength, tonality, critical bandwidth) in measurements.
  • Understand and describe the physiological and psychological responses to sounds and vibrations, including annoyance, the anatomy of the ear, multimodal perceptions and health aspects.
  • Understand various sound design aspects and the concepts of sound quality and sound character
  • Design tools and apply them for sound quality assessment
  • Knowledge in different approaches to understand the complex relationship between humans and sounds and vibration.


  • Hearing
  • Psychoacoustic variables
  • Experimental design, how to objectively estimate human responses
  • Statistical methods to analyze reactions to human responses to sound and vibration.
  • Positive and negative aspects of sound & vibration.
  • Sound & vibration as information carriers.
  • Concept of sound character, sound quality, product sound quality, sound design.
  • Ethical issues when using humans as measurement tools.
  • Health aspects of sound and vibrations.
  • Haptics


The course comprises lectures, laboratory tasks and one home exam.
The lecture will be given as a form of intensive course in two main periods during the lecture period


Material available from the course home page (
Psychoacoustics, Zwicker & Fastl.
Introduction to the psychology of hearing, Moore.

Examination including compulsory elements

Individually written home exam.
Approved laboratory tasks, conducted in groups.

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