MCT4000 - Introduction to Music, Communication and Technology


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination. For a complete course description, see previous academic years.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio assessment 100/100

Course content

The aim of the course is to provide a broad introduction to the core topics of the Music, Communication and Technology master's programme: acoustics, music cognition, machine learning and human-computer interaction. We will also establish a baseline of common knowledge and practical skills to work from in the rest of the programme. In addition to the programme specific topics, this course will also prepare you for collaborative work, ethical/aesthetical reflection and critical thinking.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: After completing the course the candidate: - can explain central topics in acoustics, music cognition, machine learning and human-computer interaction - has knowledge of strategies for blended learning, team-work, collaboration and group psychology - has knowledge of relevant aesthetic issues and can apply these in critical reflection of one’s own work or the work of others Skills: - has experience with setups for live audio and streaming, as well as recording and editing - has experience with various approaches to physical computing - can apply the basic principles of digital signal processing with a particular focus on audio communication and applications for music

Learning methods and activities

The course is taught using a flipped-classroom model: - intensive workshop in the beginning of the semester - a set of video lectures, reading assignments and online qualification tests - practical exercises both individual and in groups - weekly seminars during which core research questions are presented, discussed and critically reflected upon

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

A number of compulsory assignments that will make up the course portfolio

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Creative Music Technology (MMUST)
Music, Communication and Technology (MMCT)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the Music, Communication and Technology master’s programme.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Virtual Manufacturing
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Ethics
  • Product development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship
  • The Humanities
  • Communication and Information Science
  • Media Studies and Communication
  • Music Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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