House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

MUSC-1427-01 (Audio Engineering I)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorWallace, Jon-Michael Tromblee
Phone(409) 984-6336
Commercial Music Program
Chair:Kristel Kemmerer
Telephone:(409) 984-6520
Hours:MWF 10:00-11:00, 12:00-1:00, 3:00-3:30, TTh 8:30-9:30
Building:Student Center (PAMP)
Room #:413
Course Information
Course ID #10412
Course Subject-Number-SectionMUSC-1427-01
Course TitleAudio Engineering I
Course Description Overview of the recording studio. Includes basic studio electronics and acoustic principles, waveform properties, microphone concepts and placement techniques, studio set up and signal flow, console theory, signal processing concepts, multi-track principles and operation, and an overview of mixing and editing.
Course Prerequisites Must be enrolled in MUSC 1427 Lab simultaneously.
Required Textbooks 1. Modern Recording Techniques (7th Edition);

Author: Huber, Runstein;

ISBN: 978-0240810690

2. Complete Pro Tools Shortcuts (1st Edition);

Author: Valenzuela;

ISBN: 978-0879308070

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success.

You get one "free" absence before your lates/absences start to count against your grade in the Attendance category. After that, each absence deducts 7.5% of your attendance grade. Three lates = one absence. No exceptions.

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class, a record will be kept, and you will be updated at midterm regarding your progress in this area.

Determination of Final Grade Attendance 20%, Projects 20%, Tests 20%, Midterm 20%, Final 20% Projects will be assigned throughout the semester utilizing skills covered in class. part of the Project grade will come from Frequency Training tests given throughout the semester. There will be tests from all lecture material, as well as material covered in the lab portion of the class. There will be both a hands-on midterm and a written midterm. There will also be both a hands-on and a written final.

Professional Atmosphere: As this course is a part of a workforce development program, certain additional requirements are expected from students enrolled in the class. These include mandatory attendance, punctuality, courteous and respectful conduct towards everyone in the classroom, and the expectation that a student will apply themselves to the best of their abilities. All of these qualities are to be expected in a professional workplace and are therefore also expected in this class.

Evaluation: Students will be evaluated on their work in five categories.

Attendance/Participation: Attendance for this class is mandatory and does affect class semester grades. You get one "free" absence before your lates/absences start to count against your grade in the Attendance category. After that, each absence deducts 7.5% of your attendance grade. Three lates = one absence. No exceptions. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class, a record will be kept, and you will be updated at midterm regarding your progress in this area.

Exams: A series of written exams will be administered over the semester covering reading assigned in lecture, as well as information covered in lab. Some information covered in lab is not in the textbook, so attendance is mandatory. You are responsible for all information, even if you are absent.

Midterm/Final: Midterm and Final exams will be a comprehensive testing of the subjects that have been covered up until that point. There will be both a hands-on and a written midterm and final, each section accounting for half of the grade.

Critical Listening: Students will be expected to be able to identify frequencies consistent with a 31 band graphic eq in white noise and also music, both as a cut and as a boost. This will account for part of the project grade.

Projects: Students will be assigned hands on projects to show an ability to record and manipulate sound in Pro Tools, and to use the patch bay. Some of these projects must be completed on campus, unless the student has access to microphones and Pro Tools outside of campus. No projects will be accepted after the due date.


        Written Exams:                                20%

        Midterm:                                20%

        Critical Listening/Projects:                20%

        Attendance/Participation/Attitude:        20%

        Final:                                        20%

Final Exam: Final exam/proficiency for this class is held during the week of finals. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. Exam will include a written test and/or a “hands-on” proficiency test of Studio Process skills to include signal flow and microphone knowledge/technique. YOU MUST PASS THIS HANDS-ON FINAL EXAM TO PASS THE COURSE!

Final Exam Date May 12, 2011 - 11:00 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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