phy960 - Psychoacoustics (Complete module description)

phy960 - Psychoacoustics (Complete module description)

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Module label Psychoacoustics
Modulkürzel phy960
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Attendance: 56 hrs, Self study: 124 hrs
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Engineering Physics (Master) > Schwerpunkt: Acoustics
Zuständige Personen
  • van de Par, Steven (module responsibility)
  • van de Par, Steven (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Introductory acoustics lecture
Skills to be acquired in this module
The students acquire knowledge about concepts and methods in auditory perception, psychoacoustics, subjective test design, and auditory scene analysis. The students acquire skills to apply these concepts and methods in practice (e.g. sound quality measurement, signal processing algorithms).
Module contents

Applied psychophysics

Subjective listening experiment design and models of human auditory perception will be treated with a focus on application in sound quality measurement (e.g. for vehicle noise and sound reproduction) and in digital signal processing algorithm development (e.g. for low bit-rate audio coding and headphone virtualizers).


Auditory Scene Analysis in Speech and Music

Basic principles of auditory scene analysis: sequential and simultaneous segregation, schema-based segregation; scene analysis in music perception: the cocktail party problem, speech intelligibility in complex acoustic environments, hearing loss, and experimental methods; speech and music perception with hearing aids and cochlear implants

H. Fastl, E. Zwicker: Psychoacoustics: Facts and Models, Springer, 2007.

A.S. Bregman: Auditory Scene Analysis, MIT press, 1990.

P. Damaske: Acoustics and Hearing, Springer, 2008.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Type of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Teaching/Learning method Lecture: 3hrs/week, Exercise: 1hrs/week
Previous knowledge Introductory acoustics lecture
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Seminar 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Exercises 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 84 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
one or two examination, totaling to 180 min. written exam or 30 min. oral exam