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Unit Overview


Covering the principles, concepts and practical applications of current noise control technology, this comprehensive unit is designed for students who want to learn reliable, straightforward and practical methods to deal with industrial and environmental noise. Among the topics covered are the following: noise criteria, masking, speech interference and hearing damage; microphone calibration, instrumentation and its uses; noise sources, sound radiation, sound power measurement and source directivity; sound fields in enclosed spaces and reverberation control; noise barriers and transmission loss; small engine mufflers and side branch resonators, vibration control and isolation for noise control. Students are able to apply their knowledge of applied acoustics for two laboratory practices and other practical noise analysis and control. This unit is of interest to those considering a career as acoustical and noise control consultants, practicing engineers, architects and all other professionals concerned with noise abatement and control.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain the principles of applied acoustics; (2) understand the effect of noise on humans; (3) undertake noise assessment and measurement; (4) determine sound power and directivity of noise sources; (5) evaluate and control sound quality in enclosures; (6) design of noise barriers and partitions; (7) design small engine mufflers and side branch resonators; (8) implement vibration control and isolation for noise control; (9) work effectively in a diverse team to achieve professional outcomes; and (10) communicate effectively through concise written technical reports.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) laboratories; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Winthrop Professor Jie Pan
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Contact hours
lectures, practical classes and laboratories
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.