Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSC-1423- Section: 01
Audio Electronics
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Instructor Information
Instructor John Freyermuth
Phone(409) 984-6520
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 126
Hours:Monday and Wednesday 11:00AM - 11:50 AM
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description Basic concepts in electricity, Ohm's Law, circuit analysis and troubleshooting. Includes soldering techniques and equipment maintenance.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes 1. Solve circuit problems using Ohm's Law. (PSLO 1)
2. Demonstrate troubleshooting techniques in recording and sound reinforcement. (PSLO 1)
3. Demonstrate preventive maintenance routines in recording and sound reinforcement. (PSLO 1)
4. Utilize soldering and safety techniques. (PSLO 1)
5. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading (PSLO- Alpha)
Core Objectives Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO Alpha: Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
1. Applies commercial music sound technology to professional practice.
2. Applies commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.
3. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
4. Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.
Textbooks Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1: Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Switches, Encoders, Relays, Transistors 1st Edition
By: Charles Platt
ISBN-10: 1449333893
ISBN-13: 978-1449333898

Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 2: LEDs, LCDs, Audio, Thyristors, Digital Logic, and Amplification 1st Edition
By: Charles Platt
ISBN-10: 1449334180
ISBN-13: 978-1449334185

Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 3: Sensors for Location, Presence, Proximity, Orientation, Oscillation, Force, Load, Human Input, Liquid ... Light, Heat, Sound, and Electricity 1st Edition
by Charles Platt
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition
ISBN-10: 1449334318
ISBN-13: 978-1449334314

You will be responsible for purchasing components to build your own audio devices. This will cost about $60-$90 depending upon the devices you would like to construct.
Lecture Topics
I: Electrical Representation of Sound
II: Introduction to Electrical Theory
III: Direct Current
IV: Alternating Current
V: Fundamentals of Phase
VI: Resistors and Resistance
VII; Capacitors and Capacitance
VIII: Inductors and Inductance
IX: Capacitive Reactance, Loads and Impedance
X: Tubes
XI: Transistors
XII: Voltage Controlled Amplifiers
XIII: Reading Block Diagrams
XIV: Reading Schematics
XV; Soldering
Major Assignments
Week 1: Course Introduction; Syllabus Review; Assignment Review; Pretest; Some Good Web Resources; What Is Audio and Electronics; The Electrical Representation of Sound

Week 2: Introduction to Basic Electrical Theory, Basic DC; Who Is Hugh LeCaine? Intro To Soldering Irons; Introduction to Schematics

Week 3: Introduction to Basic Electrical Theory, Basic AC; Understanding the Fundamentals of Phase; Who is Leon Theremin? Continue Soldering Introduction; Continue Schematics; Review For Test 1 On Basic Electrical Theory

Week 4: Introduction to Electronic Components and Tools; Resistance and Resistors; Who is Fritz Sennheiser; DC, AC, Phase, LeCaine, Theremin and Fritz Sennheiser; Test 1

Week 5: Continue Introduction to Electronic Components and Tools; Capacitors and Capacitance; R/C Circuits; Who is Georg Neumann?

Week 6: Ohm's Law; Joule's Law; Using Ohm's law to Analyze Circuits; Using Ohm's for Capacitive Reactance; Who is Dr. Willi Studer?

Week 7: Test 2 Review; Reading Block Diagrams; Reading Schematics; Who is Sidney N. Shure

Week 8: Magnetism and Electricity; Coils, Crystals; Who is Dr. Harry F. Olsen? Test 2

Week 9: Transformers, More Then Meets The Eye? Who is Rupert Neve?

Week 10: The Bipolar Transistor; Who is Bill Putnam?

Week 11: The Field-Effect Transistor; Who is Les Paul?Review for Test 3

Week 12: Electron Tubes; Who is Malcom Toft? Test 3

Week 13: Semiconductors, Diodes, and Transistors; Integrated Circuits; Who is Saul Walker

Week 14: The Audio Signal; Frequency Response of Practical Audio Devices; Audio Characteristics and Components; Who is David Derr?

Week 15: Review for Final

Final Exam

Final Exam Date May 14, 2019 - 2:00 PM   Through  May 14, 2019 - 4:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Attendance - 10%         
Class participation - 10%
Quizzes - 15% (Weekly Vocabulary Quizzes)
Projects - 25%
Tests (x4) - 40%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies No late work will be accepted in this class unless the student presents proof of extenuating circumstances.

All of your grades will be available for you in the my grades section of our Blackboard Page.
Attendance Policy You get one "free" absence before your late/absences start to count against your grade in the attendance category. After that, each absence deducts 5% of your attendance grade for a Monday, Wednesday and Friday class. If you are late for class or leave class early 3 times you will receive an additional absence for every time this occurs.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans 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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.