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New South Wales

Institution: The University of Sydney
Location: Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
Course Title: Graduate program in Architectural Science, Audio and Acoustics stream (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and Masters by coursework)
Web Link: http://sydney.edu.au/architecture/study/audio-acoustics.shtml
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Course Description: This graduate coursework program offers a balance of study in acoustics, audio systems and audio content within the broader context of architectural and building science.
   
Institution: UNSW Australia
Location: On campus
Course Title: MECH9325 Fundamentals of Acoustics and Noise
Web Link: http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate/courses/2014/MECH9325.html
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Course Description: This course is intended to give students the skills to meet the needs of those embarking on a career in Acoustics. This course will provide awareness of noise and its generation. This course will also provide hands-on experience with use of relevant instrumentation in laboratory classes, and develop students' written communication and research skills. Lecture material and tutorial exercises have been carefully selected and a wide range of assessment activities are given. Invited industry acoustic consultants give guest lectures to demonstrate the relevance of acoustics and noise in a range of applications.A brief description of the course contents is as follows:Development of the acoustic plane wave equation, introduction of concepts of acoustic impedance, characteristic impedance, acoustic energy density, acoustic intensity and acoustic power. Measurement of sound pressure. Decibel scales. Transmission of plane waves between different media, through walls and along pipes. The analysis of expansion chamber mufflers and pipe side-branches. Basic energy approach to room acoustics. The effect of noise on people. Occupational noise management. Performance of hearing protectors. Equivalent continuous sound levels, sound exposure levels, and percentile exceeded sound levels for different noise events. Determination of sound power of a source.

Victoria

Institution: RMIT University
Location: City Campus
Course Title: Audio Engineering
Web Link: http://www.rmit.edu.au/courses/005099
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Course Description: Overview of Learning Activities:
  • Weekly 2-hour in-class lectures
  • Weekly 2-hour laboratory practices
Lecture Topic:
  1. Introduction and psychoacoustics
  2. Speech production and analysis
  3. Speech and audio compression
  4. Hearing aids
  5. Audio mixing
  6. Mid-Semester Test
  7. Electroacoustics: microphones, speakers and amplifiers
  8. Room acoustics
  9. Sound absorption
  10. Sound transmission
  11. Sound mufflers and sound field control
  12. End-of-Semester Test
Laboratory Topic:
  1. Tone and Noise (Excel and Adobe Audition)
  2. Speech Compression
  3. Sessions and Mixing on Non-Linear Media Mastering
  4. Electro-Acoustics - Sound Level Meter and Microphone Sensitivity Measurement
  5. Background Noise and Room Functionality
  6. Room Acoustics II - Sabine Equation
  7. Transmission Loss/Insertion Loss

Queensland

Institution: The University of Queensland
Location: St Lucia campus
Course Title: AUDL7800 Acoustics and Psychoacoutics in Audiology
Web Link: http://www.uq.edu.au/study/course.html?course_code=AUDL7800
Cost: You must be enrolled in the Master of Audiology Studies program to undertake this course.
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Course Description: AUDL7800 is an introductory course within the Master of Audiology Studies program. It uses lectures and practicals to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of the physical (acoustic) and perceptual (psychoacoustic) properties of sound.After successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, methods and applications of acoustics as related to audiology.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, methods and applications of psychoacoustics as related to audiology.

Western Australia

Institution: Curtin University
Location: Bentley Campus
Course Title: MCEN6007 (v.1) Engineering Noise Control
Web Link: http://handbook.curtin.edu.au/units/31/319111.html
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Course Description: Syllabus: Acoustic wave propagation; Sound pressure dB scale; Properties of acoustic disturbances; The one dimensional wave equation; Solutions of the one dimensional wave equation; Spatially dependent complex pressure; Linearity and superposition of pressure disturbances; Specific acoustic impedance; Acoustic energy density; Acoustic intensity - Active and reactive components; Standing waves; The three dimensional wave equation; Solutions to the three dimensional wave equation; The monopole sound source; Sound power; Acoustic levels; Adding and subtracting dB quantities; Averaging sound levels; Acoustic frequency bands; Weighting networks; Equivalent sound pressure levels; Acoustic fields; Sound intensity in free fields; Plane source, point source, line source; Far field sound propagation - sound power; Directivity factor and Directivity index; Determination of average sound pressure level; Sound power estimation; Room acoustics; Energy density on a room; Reverberation time; Statistical Absorption coefficient; Steady state room acoustics; Direct and reverberant energy densities; Room constant; Sound pressure level predictions; Source directivity considerations; Mean free acoustic path; Acoustic enclosures; Transmission loss; Effective intensity in a diffuse field; Composite transmission loss; Noise levels outside enclosures; Transmission loss characteristic.

South Australia

Institution: The University of Adelaide
Location: City Campus, North Terrace
Course Title: MECH ENG 4115 / MECH ENG 7027 Engineering Acoustics
Web Link: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/104450/1/sem-2/
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Course Description: The Engineering Acoustics course provides learners with knowledge in acoustics that is suitable for employment as a graduate acoustic consultant, and to enable engineers to make informed design decisions for product development. The topics covered in the course are:FUNDAMENTALS OF ACOUSTICS
  • wave equation and its application
  • sound power, sound pressure, energy density and sound intensity
  • plane and spherical waves
  • sound pressure addition and subtraction
  • noise reduction combination
INSTRUMENTATION REVIEW
  • noise measurement instrumentation
  • practical measurement procedures
NOISE CRITERIA REVIEW
  • various measures to quantify noise
  • hearing damage risk
  • speech interference
  • ambient noise specification
  • occupational and environmental noise criteria
  • psychoacoustics
SOUND SOURCES and OUTDOOR SOUND PROPAGATION
  • monopoles, dipoles and quadrupoles
  • line sources
  • coherent and incoherent plane sources
  • directivity and reflection effects
  • sound propagation outdoors; ground effects, air absorption, atmospheric turbulence and temperature gradient effects.
SOUND POWER
  • radiation impedance and the radiation field of a sound source
  • sound power measurements
  • sound pressure measurements in the laboratory and in the field
  • sound intensity measurements
  • surface vibration measurements.
SOUND IN ENCLOSED SPACES
  • low frequency analysis
  • high frequency analysis
  • reverberation time, reverberant and direct sound fields
  • sound absorbers
  • measurement of the room constant
  • prediction of sound levels generated by interior sound sources
  • flat and long rooms
  • applications of sound absorption
SOUND ABSORBING MATERIALS
  • flow resistivity and its measurement
  • sound propagation in porous media
  • measurement and prediction of statistical sound absorption coefficients
ACOUSTIC ENCLOSURES AND BARRIERS
  • sound transmission loss, STC rating, single and double walls
  • acoustic enclosure design
  • acoustic barrier design
  • pipe wrappings.
ACOUSTIC PREDICTION SOFTWARE
  • ENC: engineering noise control software
  • SoundPlan

Online and Distance Courses

Institution: The University of New South Wales
Location: Online
Course Title: Physclips: a multi-level, multimedia introduction to mechanics, oscillations, waves and sound
Web Link: http://www.animations.physics.unsw.edu.au/
Cost: Free
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Course Description: Physclips is a multi-level, multimedia introduction to physics. The first chapters, on Mechanics, Waves and Sound, are immediately relevant to acoustics. Physclips is not a course: it has no tests. Rather, it is a set of resources:
  • Rich multimedia tutorials may be used as lessons or reference.
  • html pages give both deeper and broader discussions.
  • Movies and animations may be downloaded by teachers for use in their own lessons.
Physclips is supported by Australia's Office for Learning and Teaching and the School of Physics at UNSW.
 
Institution: UNSW, Canberra
Location: Online / Distance
Course Title: Professional Education in Acoustics
Web Link: http://www.aaac.org.au/au/aaac/education.aspx
Cost: Details available from webpage
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Course Description: This professional education program is aimed at providing appropriate short courses to meet the needs of those embarking on a career in Acoustics. It is primarily aimed at those entering or who have recently entered the acoustical consulting field. It will also be of value for those working in government agencies and allied organisations needing a fundamental understanding of acoustics. The program is based on a similar program that has been offered via Universities and the UK Institute of Acoustics (IOA). The program has the support of the Association of Australian Acoustical Consultants (AAAC). It is fully flexible and can be commenced at any time.
 

Newsflash

PROPOSED INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SOUND 2019

Let's make 2019 the International Year of Sound!

Click here to see draft prospectus. Suggestions for major activities that would be truly international to strengthen the application are welcomed.

 

ACOUSTICS 2017

Perth, Western Australia 19-22 November 2017