House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

MUSC-1325-01 (Acoustics)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorKares, Greg J
Phone(409) 984-6334
Commercial Music Program
Chair:Kristel Kemmerer
Telephone:(409) 984-6520
Hours:M,W,F 4-5:15, T,R 9:15-5
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre (PATB)
Room #:135
Course Information
Course ID #10402
Course Subject-Number-SectionMUSC-1325-01
Course TitleAcoustics
Course Description Principles of sound in air, sound in recording, and sound reinforcement. Topics

include acoustical properties of studios, live performance facilities, resonance, and

electronic and acoustic control.

Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Master Handbook of Acoustics 5th Ed, McGraw Hill, 2009
Learning Objectives Objectives: To understand the main concepts and principles behind the nature of sound. To discuss and learn about how sound is perceived by humans, takes shape in different environments and how we can control it. Special care will be taken to demystify why some spaces sound good for certain sounds and others sound badly
Major Assignments Midterm paper. This is a 5 page paper that must be written in APA format.
Discussion Topics Nature of sound, Components of sound waves, Methods of sound control, Behavior of sound in various spaces
Attendance Policy Based on a semester that typically runs 14 – 15 class weeks, the number of required classes per semester is 9. This means that the 9 classes is the minimum number of classes a student can attend and still qualify for a grade of an “A” (along with the instructor’s own grading criteria).

The grading system for audio classes is:

9 and more classes: May qualify for an A; contingent upon instructor’s other grading criteria.

8 classes: May qualify for a B but cannot qualify for an A. B is the highest grade possible when combined with other grading criteria.

7 classes: May qualify for a C but cannot qualify for an A or B. C is the highest possible grade when combined with other grading criteria.

6 classes: May qualify for an I (Incomplete) if the instructor is willing to make up classes. This is at the instructor’s discretion. Otherwise, the student will receive an F.

Determination of Final Grade Final grade is based upon the following criteria: Attendance, Class Participation/Preparedness, Test Grades & Midterm Paper.

Tests/Quizzes: 20%, Class Participation: 20%, Midterm Paper: 20%, Final Exam: 20%, Attendance: 20%

Final Exam Date May 13, 2011 - 8:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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