Course Title: Set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: EEET6846C

Course Title: Set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4348 - Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Rebekha Naim
Phone: 03 9925 4849

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

Experienced lighting technicians or operators in the screen, media and entertainment industries are expected to be creative and innovative in their implementation of lighting schemas across a diverse range of productions. In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to set up a lighting control system, and to use the more complex functions of a console. Skills in lighting console operation are developed through practice and you will learn to work autonomously and in a team environment as you take responsibility for operating lighting consoles to create quality lighting for live events.

This unit is delivered and assessed with CUFLGT301A Prepare, install and test lighting equipment and BSBWHS404A Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFLGT402A Set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects


1. Connect and format control system for productions

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly connect dimmers to control desk /console through appropriate control protocols and check to ensure designer’s control channel requirements can be achieved

1.2 Make correct connection to peripheral accessories and control devices , including display, storage and printing equipment

1.3 Check system for nature of soft patch inherited from previous production and check against default or production soft patch or patch according to enterprise requirements

1.4 Integrate geographic, grouping, scaling and use of peripheral accessories into the patching process

1.5 Check dimmers to ensure that they are receiving data and are operating correctly in relationship to required production parameters

1.6 Complete set-up tasks according to OHS requirements and test control systems for overall functionality

1.7 Establish, connect and test remote controls for relevant production personnel


2. Plot and operate advanced cue types

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Liaise with relevant production personnel to determine the nature of cue type required and use console appropriately to demonstrate capabilities

2.2 Make available the elements required for the cue type and correctly record

2.3 Demonstrate cue types to relevant production personnel in accordance with appropriate documentation and modify as required


3. Plot and operate effects

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Liaise with relevant production personnel to discuss the types of effect required, and the capacity of the console to produce such effects

3.2 Correctly use the effects menu, providing demonstrations to colleagues as required

3.3 Correctly identify the steps needed to record a chosen effect and complete these in a logical sequence

3.4 Demonstrate effects to relevant production personnel, make appropriate modifications as required and rehearse with relevant items and personnel


4. Solve lighting problems during performance

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Correctly and promptly identify lighting problems

4.2 Use knowledge of control desk/console features and functions to develop solutions to problems without disruption to performance

4.3 Assess the scope of the problem and make decisions for action within scope of individual responsibility

Learning Outcomes

 On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

You will also:

  • have mastered the basic elements of lighting design and their impact on the set-up of lighting control systems 
  • be able to set up a lighting control system, and to use the more complex functions of a console.

Details of Learning Activities

• practical demonstrations and group work in studio
• lecture and class discussions
• peer learning
• research
• group activities/projects
• ‘work shopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
• simulated workplaces

Out of-class self-directed learner activities for this course include, but are not limited to; private research, revision of notes to reinforce classroom content, preparation for assessment, possible out of class assessment tasks. This will be monitored during classes through question/answer sessions.

Teaching Schedule

Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Class numberObjectivesTopics/ThemesAssessmentElements
1Course and assessment overview and introduction to resources and course expectationsThe role of lighting systems and the lighting crew in production. 1 - 7
2Lighting resource and protocol overviewWhat is this? Covers equipment recognition, care and maintenance, rigging and documentation required in Production Lighting 1 & 2
3Initial observations of students putting all elements and critical aspects of evidence into practiceGeneral system topology, correct rigging procedures, patching. Lighting Control Systems. Basic lighting rigging and patchingProduction lighting work (in class)1 - 4
4Observations of students putting all elements and critical aspects of evidence into practiceStandard lighting, rigging and patchingProduction lighting work (in class) 2 - 6
5Observations of students putting all elements and critical aspects of evidence into practiceComplex lighting rigging and patchingProduction lighting work (in class) 3 - 6
6Final observations of students putting all elements and critical aspects of evidence into practiceComplex lighting rigging and patching Production lighting work (in class)1 - 7
7ReviewGroup work on lighting pre-productionGet verbal feedback from your teacher on your assessments1 - 7

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



You are advised to look at the course links and references in Blackboard for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

Your teacher will provide you with the necessary resources in classes and it is recommended that you bring note taking materials, a multitool, torch, electrical tape, small shifter and steel cap shoes.

Overview of Assessment

 Assessment for this course will involve demonstration of practical tasks and testing of underpinning theory knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive written feedback on all assessment (refer to MyRMIT for assessment criteria). Once you have demonstrated competency, your assessment task will be graded (refer to Blackboard for grading rubric).

Assessment Task: Production lighting work (Graded) (in class)

You are expected to decipher lighting systems according to the plan. You are then required to clarify, prepare, install, test and disassemble the lighting equipment, in an effective team, following OH&S standards and codes of behaviour.

Evidence gathering includes;

• Verbal questioning and observation to asses candidates range of technical lighting knowledge and manual techniques
• Verbal questioning and observation to asses candidates safe working practices and teamwork skills produced by the candidate

This assessment will occur in class 3 - 6 with verbal feedback in class 7.

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix is available in Blackboard.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency. Non-attendance may seriously jeopardise the chances of success in a course. Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. Where visa conditions apply, attendance is compulsory.

Cover Sheet for Submissions

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (web link)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which people can gain entry to, or credit in, recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, in voluntary work, in social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training or other life experiences. Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if a student has previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency has been maintained.

Assessment and Feedback (web link)

You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress (unresolved) (web link)

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for Late Submission (unresolved) (web link)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism (unresolved) (web link)

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

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