MCT4025 – Physical-Virtual Communication and Music 2

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Course content

The aim of this course is to further explore, integrate, develop and improve technologies for the physical-virtual Portal, a laboratory for network-based musical communication. In addition the students will get pedagogical experience through the transfer of knowledge and skills to the first semester students of the programme.

Learning outcome


Having completed the course, the student will:

  • be familiar with strategies and technical solutions for physical-virtual communication for both musical and non-musical applications, and know how to integrate these in the Portal.
  • be able to reflect on ethical and legal problems in physical-virtual communication.
  • be able to critically reflect on implications of technology in human communication for both musical and non-musical applications.
  • have developed  pedagogical strategies for teaching others how to operate the Portal.


Having completed the course, the student will:

  • be able to systematically explore, evaluate and document different strategies for audio-visual communication and collaboration.
  • be able to integrate new audiovisual technologies in the Portal, including setting up equipment, troubleshooting, and documenting the setup.
  • have experience with using advanced motion capture and spatial audio technologies.
  • be able to conduct systematic evaluations of usability and user experiences.
  • be able to use the Portal in large-scale public events.


A maximum of 20 students can be admitted to this course due to the capacity of the specialized room.

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses 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.

If the number of enrolled students exceed the capacity, they will be ranked as follows:

1.   Master students admitted to the Music, Communication and Technology programme.

2.   Master students at the Department of Musicology who have the course approved in their study plan.

3.   Master students at the University of Oslo who have the course approved in their study plan.

4.   Others.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with MCT4023 – Physical-Virtual Communication and Music 3 (continued)


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 workshops of 4 hours with compulsory attendance.
  • Planning and execution of a public telematic concert.

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 (50%)

The portfolio includes a selection of group and individual works developed within the compulsory activities, such as blog posts, reflective reports, technical documentation and practical demonstrations.

Group Trial lecture (50%) 

The trial lecture consists of a recorded video tutorial of up to 20 minutes focused on a selected technique or technology for musical physical-virtual communication. Topics are decided by the students and must be approved by the course convenor.

Submit assignments in Inspera

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

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

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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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