TCM-151: Digital Audio Editing

Liberal Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Digital Audio Editing
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
16.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
16.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 eligible. As this is a computer-based course, some basic knowledge of computer operations is highly recommended.
Catalog Course Description

Introduces digital audio editing using an industry standard software editing program on computers in the Telecommunication audio production labs. Covers both hardware and software issues, and explores how to perform short editing exercises.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

The goal of this course is to be a successful tutorial introduction to a professional digital audio production software program, one that has intermediate to advanced features for multitrack recording, signal processing, mixing, and output. The same software program taught in this course is the key tool of production projects required in TCM 251: Audio Production, which is why it will be a co-requisite for students enrolling in TCM 251. This course can also be enrolled in by anyone in a non-251-linked section.

Core Course Topics
  1. Overview of editing: definition, goals, major historical approaches.
  2. The hardware needed for digital audio editing
  3. The software platform in use: major function and features.
  4. Industry standards and ethics in editing.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Explain the basic definition of Editing: Its purpose, goals and historical approaches.
  • Describe the necessary hardware and software minimally needed to accomplish professional quality digital audio editing.
  • Define and demonstrate the major functional procedure of the computer operating system in use.
  • Identify and give examples of the major features of the software program in use.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the major editing capabilities of the software program in use: such as levels and digitizing, editing voices, working with music, sound effects, processing, editing audio for video, and multi-track mixing.
  • Interpret a working knowledge of industry standards and ethics, and justify what is needed for an audio project to be brought to that level.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Tests, over cognitive areas of hardware, software, and techniques.
  2. Digital audio editing exercises: recording, cut & paste/trimming, processing, mixdown, and outputting to various digital formats.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date