Broadcast Engineering Distance Education Course
CIE's distance education Broadcast Engineering course was designed to provide the specialized knowledge required for a career as a broadcast engineering technician at an AM radio station, FM radio station or at a TV station.
After you complete this program you'll receive a Diploma with the opportunity to obtain two professional trade certifications. (SBE and CET)
This course has been updated to include new learning modules on Audio Basics and Advanced Audio and Media along with an interactive Audio/Video Companion CD.
Learn about electronics along with emerging mobile media technologies and get started on a new career path!
What You Will Learn
- AC and DC Circuit Theory
- Identifying Components
- Working with Printed Circuit Boards
- Systematic Troubleshooting
- Radio-Frequency Circuits
- Studio and Control Room Design
- Microphone Types and their Techniques
- Using Mixers, Consoles and Control Surfaces
- Recording Digital Audio
- Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)
- Internet Audio, Mobile Media and Game Sound
- Signal Processors, Editing, and Mixing
Students will have a firm understanding of the electronics technology found in Broadcast Engineering along with the increasing presence mobile media and digital audio have in today's marketplace.
The technology of Audio Production including microphones, loudspeakers, mixers, consoles, and control surfaces will be covered through theory and conceptual discussions. Students will be exposed to various audio and video processes including recording, editing and mixing techniques in the companion CD.
1. DC Circuit Theory
This course covers the fundamentals of current, voltage and resistance.
Explore the principles of DC circuits including Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws, series and parallel circuits and equivalent circuits.
2. AC Circuit Theory
This course is designed to explore the principles of AC circuits by identifiying components, rectifiers and basic amplifiers. Students will understand digital circuits and relays that are used in AND, OR and NOT circuits.
The mathematics of square roots, phasors, graphical solutions and scientific notation is also presented.
3. Semiconductors and Troubleshooting Electronics
Explore semiconductors in practical circuits with emphasis on power supplies. Learn how to use electronic test equipment to troubleshooting electronics circuits.
Radio-Frequency amplifiers are covered along with operation of solid state devices such as diodes and transistors. Learn about operational amplifiers and other analog circuits commonly found in the field of Broadcast Engineering.
4. NEW - Introduction to Audio Basics
Students gain a strong foundation in the principles, technology and techniques of audio production.
Because the material is not medium-specific, students can apply these techniques to sound production in any of the major audio and audio/visual media.
5. NEW - Advanced Audio and Media
Students learn the techniques and principles necessary for audio production including mobile media, game sound, smartphone, tablet, apps and digital audio.
Learn the informational, perceptual, and aesthetic aspects of sound as they apply to each stage of the production process, from planning to postproduction.
Postproduction topics include a discussion in editing and mixing for television, film, music and mobile media.
6. NEW - Audio Companion CD
Includes various animations to better display audio concepts such as compression/rarefaction, audio file examples of binaural recording and audio effects such as echo, reverb, etc.
Videos show the use of sound dubbing used in special effects for video.
Annual % Rate
24 @ $85
on-line in Course 2.
- Includes educational resources like instructor support, a video library and online exams.
- Call (800) 243-6446 with any questions or e-mail us.
- Courses available to residents of the United States, Australia and countries located in North America. Ohio residents will be enrolled under standard tuition rates.
How Does The Broadcast Engineering Program Work?
This program contains 95 lessons that you can complete at home. When you finish a lesson you can take your exam on-line on CIE's e-grade Web site anytime you want - day or night! Your test will be processed and your score emailed back to you.
The program was created specifically for the distance education student. Experience a step-by-step method of learning that allows you to complete each lesson at your own pace when it's convenient for you.
Instructor support is included with tuition. Our instructors work directly with you one-on-one to answer your questions and provide you with technical assistance when needed!
What is Distance Education?
Distance Education or Distance Learning is when the instructor and the student are in separate locations. This curriculum is specifically designed to educate students who live at a distance from a college. Questions about course material can be answered though CIE's qualified instructors via e-mail, chat room, telephone or mail.
Distance education is quickly becoming the new way to earn a diploma.
Earn a Diploma from CIE
Earn a Diploma from a school that has been teaching via distance learning for 80 years.
Course 2 graduates may continue their education with CIE and receive full academic and tuition credit that can be applied towards CIE's more advanced programs like courses 11 and 14B.
Study Guide for CET Exam
A study guide on how to prepare for the Associate-Level Certified Electronics Technician (CET) exam is also included. This test is administered by the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians and has over 46,000 certified technicians across the globe!
The Society of Broadcast Engineers Certification
Graduates are eligible to earn a Certified Broadcast Technologist certification (CBT) from the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE).
SBE is the only organization devoted to the advancement of all levels and types of broadcast engineering. Some of the benefits of joining SBE are listed below.
Certification enhances your value to your employer, or if you are self-employed, preparing you to meet the changing needs of your clients.
To help keep broadcast engineers up-to-date on emerging technologies and important industry issues, SBE sponsors Ennes Workshops and educational programs at your local SBE chapter.
Whether you’re looking to find or fill a position as a broadcast engineer, SBE JobsOnline and the SBE ResumeBank should be the first place you go.
Life, health, business and professional liability insurance programs are available to members at competitive rates. In addition, a free sample contract is available for contract engineers along with discounts on books, car rentals and industry event registrations.
With more than 5,000 members and more than 100 local chapters, SBE provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information to help you keep pace with our rapidly changing industry.
Separate yourself from the rest of the pack!
A CIE diploma combined with these two professional certifications enable employers to separate knowledgeable job applicants from those with less training and skills.
Another big advantage of enrolling in CIE is that you can study at your own pace and CIE's open enrollment policy means you can start this program at anytime.
Some students go through the program slowly, others at an accelerated level so we can accommodate almost any arrangement that suits you best. With our generous time allotment of 24 months for Course 2 you can be assured to have enough time to complete your program.
- 95 lessons
- Completion Time Allowed: 24 Months
- Clock hours: 915
- Preparation for FCC License &
This program explores important theories and principles related specifically to broadcasting, but because it does not contain any laboratory work, it is best suited to those students who already have some previous education or practical experience in electronics.
Student Textbook Responsibilities
Students are responsible for purchasing a limited number of textbooks for this course that are not included in tuition.
Please call an Admissions Advisor at (800) 243-6446 if you
have any questions.
Broadcast Engineering Lessons
DC Circuit Theory
• Current and Voltage
• Controlling Current and Voltage
• Power Distribution
• Portable Extension Cords
• Static Electricity
• Electric Currents and Semiconductor Devices
• Fractions and Decimal Numbers
• Reciprocals, Percentages, and Powers of Numbers
• The Three Basics of Electric Circuits: Voltage, Current, & Resistance
• Ohm's Law, Conductors, and Insulators
• Connecting and Tracing Battery Circuits
• Identifying Components
• Tracing Wiring on Printed Circuit Boards
• Roots of Numbers, Ratio, and Proportion
• Inverse Proportion and Negative Numbers
• Parallel Circuits
• Equivalent Circuits
• Applications of Kirchhoff's Laws
• Series-Parallel Circuits
• Voltage and Power
AC Circuit Theory
• Vital Statistics of AC Circuits
• Magnetism and Magnetic Circuits
• Induced Voltage and Current
• Thinking Circuits and Automatic Switches
• Relays and Robots
• Scientific Notation
• Units of Measure
• Mutual Inductance and Magnetic Coupling
• Electrical Charges and Capacitance
• Capacitors in Action
• Rectifiers and Amplifiers
• Transistor and FET Amplifiers
• Reading and Using Graphs
• Phasors and Formulas
• Simplifying Circuit Analysis by Using Kirchhoff's Laws
• Currents and Voltages in AC Circuits
• Resonant Circuits
• Using Semiconductor Diodes
• Operation of Semiconductor Devices
• Unregulated Power Supplies
• Operation of Tubes and Transistors
• How To Work With Transistors
• Audio Amplifiers and Equipment
• Radio Frequency Amplifiers
• Operational Amplifiers
• Measuring and Measuring Instruments
• Understanding and Using the Oscilloscope
• Regulated Power Supplies
• Systematic Troubleshooting
Introduction to Audio Basics
• Behavior of Sound
• Hearing and Perception
• Studio and Control Room Basics
• Monitoring Sessions
• Microphones: Basics and Techniques
• Audio Consoles
• Recording Sessions
• Audio Synchronization
• Audio Signal Processors
• Audio Editing and Mixing
• Internet Audio
• Sound and Meaning
Advanced Audio and Media
• Production, Sound and Hearing
• Loudspeakers and Monitoring
• Mixers and Consoles
• Signal Processors
• Audio and the Internet
• Voice-Overs and Narration
• Dialogue Recording
• Studio Production
• Field Production
• Sound Design
• Sound Effects
• Music Underscoring
• Mobile Media Production
• Game Sound
• Music Recording
• Overview of Mixing
• Premixing and Rerecording for Television and Film
• Music Mixdown
• Mixing for Mobile Media
• FCC Review Lessons - Part I
• FCC Review Lessons - Part II
• Pointers & Practice for Passing FCC General Class Examination, Part 1
• Pointers & Practice for Passing FCC General Class Examination, Part 2
• Associate-Level CET Study Guide *OPTIONAL LESSON*
End of lessons required for a diploma.
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