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VTA137 - Introduction to audio technology and acoustics
Introduktion till audioteknik och akustik
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-18 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: Electrical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering Physics

The course is full. For waiting list, please contact the director of studies:
Teaching language: English
Application code: 38113
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 45

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0119 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   27 Oct 2020 am J   07 Jan 2021 am J,  27 Aug 2021 am J
0219 Examples class 2,5 c Grading: UG   2,5 c    

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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

Undergraduate profile: Major in Architecture and Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Urban Planning or equivalent 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. This knowledge is also important for sound design of products and sound environments in our daily life.

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 practical 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 11 in-class exercises including home tasks.


Material produced by the division of Applied Acoustic (supplied on the course page at

Examination including compulsory elements

Examination is based on a written exam and approved home work.

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