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Learner Career Outcomes

20%

started a new career after completing these courses

31%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

22%

got a pay increase or promotion

Shareable Certificate

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100% online

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Flexible deadlines

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Approx. 14 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

19 minutes to complete

Course Introduction

19 minutes to complete
1 video (Total 4 min), 1 reading
1 reading
A Word About the Course10m
2 hours to complete

Sound Signals, Sound Stimuli, and the Human Auditory System

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 36 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Sound Signals and Sound Stimuli5m
Tones versus Noise11m
Determining the Sources of Sound Stimuli9m
2 readings
Module Resources10m
An Overview of the Human Auditory System10m
1 practice exercise
Sound Signals, Sound Stimuli, and the Human Auditory System20m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

The Perception of Sound Stimuli

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
Pitch and Frequency13m
Timbre and its Causes5m
Observation and Linguistics5m
Auditory Objects and Scenes5m
1 reading
Module Resources10m
1 practice exercise
The Perception of Sound Stimuli20m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Vocalization and Vocal Tones

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
The Perception of Vocal Sound Signals9m
The Perception of Intensity (Loudness) in Empirical Terms10m
The Perception of Frequency (Pitch) in Empirical Terms4m
Relationship of Vocalization to Music7m
1 reading
Module Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Vocalization and Vocal Tones20m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Defining Music and Exploring Why We Like It

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 72 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
The Chromatic Scale and Some More Musical Terminology6m
Consonance and Dissonance6m
Tonality vs. Atonality: Frequency of Consonant vs. Dissonant Intervals4m
Tension and Resolution5m
Cadences8m
Mathematical Explanations of Consonance5m
A Physical Explanation of Consonance7m
A Biological Explanation of Consonance16m
1 reading
Module Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Defining Music and Exploring Why We Like It20m

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