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phy960 - Psychoacoustics (Complete module description)
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Module label Psychoacoustics
Module code phy960
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Attendance: 56 hrs, Self study: 124 hrs
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Engineering Physics (Master) > Schwerpunkt: Acoustics
Responsible persons
van de Par, Steven (Module responsibility)
van de Par, Steven (Authorized examiners)
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
Reader's advisory

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
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Lecture: 3hrs/week, Exercise: 1hrs/week
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge Introductory acoustics lecture
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 SuSe or WiSe 28
2 SuSe or WiSe 28
2 SuSe or WiSe 28
Total time of attendance for the module 84 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
one or two examination, totaling to 180 min. written exam or 30 min. oral exam