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IL016 - The Science of Music

  • Module code: IL016
  • Module name: The Science of Music
  • Department: Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning
  • Credit: 7.5, 12, 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This interdisciplinary module aims to introduce students (in all subject areas and with any level of musical, scientific or mathematical expertise) to the relationships between science, music and mathematics. Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of the complex interplay of mathematics and physics with technological, cultural and historical factors inherent in the making and appreciation of music. The course will also touch on aspects of physiology and psychology in the perception of music and the inspiration of mathematical and scientific ideas in musical composition and will include input from external speakers and the Coull Quartet. By the end of the module, students will have developed knowledge of some of the key abstract mathematical and physical concepts underlying sound, its generation and perception, and musical structure. They will be able to situate these insights in an artistic, historical and cultural framework. Students will be able to manage their own learning in the contexts of (1) interdisciplinary project work, (2) peer assessment and (3) devising topics for the curriculum itself. They will be able to communicate their own scholarly and creative work in an interdisciplinary environment.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will consist of 10 two hour sessions, for around twenty students, from across the University's departments.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/iatl/activities/modules/ugmodules/scienceofmusic/

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: IL016-7.5)
D (Assessed/examined work) Multiple choice questions 30%
  1 hour examination (April) 70%
12 CATS (Module code: IL016-12)
D (Assessed/examined work) Multiple choice questions 30%
  1 hour examination (April) 70%
15 CATS (Module code: IL016-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Multiple choice questions 30%
  1 hour examination (April) 70%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
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  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (with Study Abroad) (QW26) - Year 4
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  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
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