MCT4046 - Sonification and sound design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Practical examination 100/100 30 minutes

Course content

The aim of the course is to develop knowledge of and practical experience with sonification, including sound design, interface implementation and perceptual analysis. The interface design process extends from requirements in the problem domain to evaluation of the auditory display.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the candidate:
- can identify and discuss fundamental principles of sonification as a means of conveying information through audio
- can critically evaluate the perceptual efficiency and aesthetic qualities of sound design in auditory displays

After completing the course the candidate:
- can design aesthetically well-formed auditory displays
- can apply knowledge of auditory perception to ensure efficient mapping in the sonification design
- can design and implement auditory displays of multidimensional, static and dynamic data

Learning methods and activities

The course will be based on a flipped classroom model with:
- a set of video lectures, reading assignments and online qualification tests
- a two-weeks intensive workshop (30 hours) with compulsory attendance, during which all students will implement a number of auditory displays - peer review of each others sonifications

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory classes

Further on evaluation

Examination arrangement: Trial lecture

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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

Required previous knowledge

Requires completion of the course MCT4000 - Introduction to Music, Communication and Technology or nearly equivalent documented competences

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 3

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music



Examination arrangement: Practical examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Practical examination 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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

More on examinations at NTNU