MCT4024 – Physical-Virtual Communication and Music 1

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Course content

The aim of this course is to provides theoretical and practical knowledge on advanced audio-visual systems for online synchronous musical collaboration as well as for communication in hybrid settings. The students will learn to operate and maintain the physical-virtual Portal, a laboratory for network-based musical communication.

Learning outcome


Having completed the course, the student will: 

  • be familiar with tools for synchronous online musical collaboration.
  • be familiar with the technical design of advanced audiovisual communication platforms.
  • know about the theoretical and practical limitations of different audiovisual networking systems and possible workarounds for specific applications.


Having completed the course, the student will:

  • be able to set up and use different types of technologies for physical-virtual communication, including audio/video equipment, networking technologies, and collaboration platforms.
  • be able to arrange public events in the Portal with external partners, including pre-event communication, planning and testing, and technical assistance during the event.
  • be able to document the technical setup and the practical running of audiovisual communication and collaboration.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended that the student has some experience in music technology.


The course uses a flipped classroom model and blended learning methods, and includes:

  • Video lectures, readings and assignment in preparation for the workshops and lectures.
  • 12 lectures of 1 hour with compulsory attendance.
  • 12 workshops of 3 hours with compulsory attendance.
  • Planning and execution of telematic concerts.

In order to qualify for the exam, students must obtain at least 80% attendance and complete compulsory activities.Read more about compulsory activities here.


Portfolio (100%).

The portfolio includes all group and individual assignments developed within the compulsory activities, such as blog posts, reflective reports, technical documentation and practical demonstrations.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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