TCM-251: Audio Production

Liberal Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Audio Production
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
TCM-151, ENG-131 eligible. As this course has a computer-based component, some knowledge of basic computer operation is recommended.
Catalog Course Description

A survey of the techniques of professional audio recording and playback, utilizing a variety of microphones and recorders, with editing done by dubbing and digital multi-track work using industry software, through production assignments in radio programming.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Sound & Hearing
  2. Microphones & Miking
  3. Consoles & Mixing
  4. Analog vs Digital Production
  5. Digital recording formats
  6. The computer as a digital studio and radio programming
  7. Multitrack digital production
  8. Saving and editing audio projects
  9. Media Literacy in the business of sound
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Identify and explain elementary principles of sound creation, transmission, and interpretation

  • Identify and operate a variety of digital audio production equipment: microphones and miking

  • Identify and operate a variety of digital audio production equipment: consoles and mixing

  • Evaluate the differences between analog and digital production formats

  • Describe the major recording formats and the advantages of each
  • Produce a basic digital short in a recorded segment
  • Plan multitrack digital recording project
  • Execute multitrack digital recording project
  • Illustrate the basic saving and editing techniques for audio projects
  • Evaluate the role of audio in mass media and its effect on media literacy/believability of media content

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Test over each content area
  • Production projects
  1. Commercial/PSA
  2. Audio for Video Exercise
  3. Digital Cut & Paste Exercise
  4. Interview Recording and Editing Project
  5. Digital multi-track recording and mix

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