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VTA135 - Audio technology and acoustics  
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPSOV
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering Physics

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule:

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0198 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   28 Oct 2015 pm V,  Contact examiner

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TKITE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, Year 3 (compulsory elective)


Forskarassistent  Astrid Pieringer
Professor  Wolfgang Kropp


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

BSc degree with Major in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Engineering Physics as well as students with a corresponding background.


The course aims at the student learning basic acoustics and audio as essential to modern society. This demands knowledge about the basics of sound propagation, behaviour of sound in rooms, properties of sound absorbers, the need for wall transmission loss, etc. It also concerns communications requirements in which engineers need to deal with communication systems where sound is an integral part, such as mobile telephones, virtual reality systems, voice recognition systems, radio & television and sound playback systems.

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

  • Understand and explain the fundamentals of propagation of acoustic waves in air, fundamentals of room acoustics, hearing and voice, spatial sound perception, planning & design for good room acoustics (absorbers, reflectors, and diffusers), waves in solid media, sound radiation and generation, building acoustics, loudspeakers and microphones.
  • Apply the basic knowledge of audio and acoustics to achieve solutions for real audio and acoustics problems.
  • Understand and apply the mathematical tools to solve engineering problems in sound propagation and electroacoustic systems.
  • Understand and explain the working mechanisms of electroacoustic transducers such as microphones and loudspeakers.
  • Recommend changes in electroacoustic systems including transducers such as microphones and loudspeakers.
  • Solve problems in audio engineering that relate to the choice of appropriate room acoustics for homes, studios, and simple auditoria.
  • Understand the significance of acoustic quality measures and human response acoustic signals.


    • Fundamentals of acoustic: pressure, particle velocity, sound sources, radiation, radiation impedance, intensity and power.
    • Hearing: Ear, binaural hearing, basic psychoacoustics with regard to audio systems.
    • Sound fields in rooms: geometrical, statistical and physical acoustics.
    • Methods for adjusting room acoustic conditions: sound absorbers, reflectors and diffusers.
    • Subjective aspects of room acoustics.
    • Transducers: microphones and loudspeakers.
    • Building acoustics: sound transmission and insulation


    The course comprises the following learning activities: 13 lectures and 13 in-class exercises including home tasks.


    Material procuced by the division of Applied Acoustic (supplied on the course page at and the book Audio Technology and Acoustics by Mendel Kleiner


    Examination is based on a written exam and approved home work

    Page manager Published: Thu 03 Nov 2022.