Courses & Units

Tools, Techniques and Sound FCA120


This is the first of three units designed to establish key practical and theoretical skills relating to the practice of music required for today’s creative musician. You will establish essential literacies through integrated music theory and musicianship training using relevant software and technology as appropriate. You will also learn principles of sound capture and/or reinforcement and their application relative to your specific musical context


Unit name Tools, Techniques and Sound
Unit code FCA120
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Music
Coordinator Ms Shan Deng
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify harmonic, melodic and/or rhythmic materials
  • Explain and express harmonic, melodic and/or rhythmic material
  • Explain and apply use of audio techniques and equipment

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

FCP101, FCA104, FCA102


Teaching Pattern

Weekly classes including lectures, workshops and tutorials (up to 4 hrs weekly) 

Plus self-directed learning 2-3 hrs per week  

AssessmentTask 2: Audio Assessment (20%)|Task 3: Aural Assessment (20%)|Task 4: Theory Assignment (20%)|Task 1: Homework and Formative Assessments (40%)
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