Course Title: Set up and operate lighting cues and effects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: EEET7374C

Course Title: Set up and operate lighting cues and effects

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4371 - 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
Ph 9925 4849

Nominal Hours: 50

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

Lighting programmers or operators in the live events industry are required to set up appropriate lighting control systems as required by the given production. You will be taught to use a variety of consoles, along with reading the appropriate documentation. Skills in lighting console operation are developed through practice. You will learn to work autonomously and in a team environment as you take responsibility for operating lighting consoles in class and on live events.

This is the designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for C4371 Certificate in Live Production and Technical Services. This course includes a WIL experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

As part of this course you are required to undertake 8 hours of supervised learning/assessment in your chosen industry area, gaining invaluable experience and industry contacts.

Workplace Assessment Requirements
An agreement including schedule and relevant insurance documentation is required to be completed before commencing each assessment placement. In the case where a placement ends early, please refer to 6. Early Termination of Placements in the Work Integrated Learning Procedure.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUALGT403 Set up and operate lighting cues and effects


1. Connect and format control system for productions

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Connect dimmers to control desk or console using appropriate control protocols, checking designer’s control channel requirements are met

1.2 Connect to peripheral accessories and control devices, including display, storage and printing equipment

1.3 Check system for nature of soft patch from previous production, and ensure patch meets default or production soft patch according to enterprise requirements

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

1.5 Check dimmer reception of data and operation meets required technical parameters of production

1.6 Complete set-up tasks according to work health and safety (WHS) requirements, test control systems for overall functionality, and resolve problems or escalate as required

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, contribute ideas to lighting plots, and use console appropriately to establish capabilities

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

2.3 Demonstrate cue types to relevant production personnel and modify cues and relevant documentation as required


3. Plot and operate effects

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Discuss types of effects required and the console capacity to produce them with relevant production personnel

3.2 Use the effects menu, demonstrating effects to colleagues as required

3.3 Identify and record the sequence of steps needed to achieve chosen effect

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


4. Use lighting control system during production

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check operational aspects of lighting console, lighting cues and effects, and back-up system are correctly prepared and in working order within required timeframes and according to WHS requirements

4.2 Maintain lighting cues and effects throughout production to meet creative and technical requirements

4.3 Identify lighting problems and faults promptly and use control desk or console features and functions to resolve them safely and effectively within scope of own role and without disrupting the production

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:

  • be able to set up a variety of lighting control systems including the Martin M1 and M2Go series
  • use the more complex functions of these consoles
  • have mastered the basic elements of lighting design and console operation appropriate to a variety of live events
  • work with lighting crew, including heads of crew, as well as other production specialists like set designers, producers amd directors

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities in this course include;

  • Knowledge sharing and class discussion
  • Teacher led practical demonstrations
  • Practical equipment installation, testing and operation of lighting equipment in teams
  • Peer learning
  • Workshopping of student projects
  • Industry visits to venues and/or lighting companies
  • Guest speakers from the production lighting industry
  • Peer and teacher feedback

Teaching Schedule

This course is taught in combination with another unit (clustered) BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process GEDU6110C

Class numberTopics/ThemesUnit & Elements
1 (Sem 2 wk 1-2)Operating / programming roles, skills and knowledge on various productions. Ops for bands, theatre, corporate and other. Programming of analog desks (with generic lights).Operate 1- 4, Collaborate 1-3
2 (Sem 2 wk 3-4)M-Series class on soft-patching, grouping, pallets, views , cue lists & 2D plans (without lights).Operate 1-3
3 (Sem 2 wk 5-6)M-Series class using full functionality and class exercises (with lights). Assessment 1: Knowledge test in Blackboard (to be completed at home).Operate 1-3
4 (Sem 2 wk 7-9)Assessment 2: Bakehouse events across 6 nights; 8 hrs per night; one night per student; 7 students per night.Operate 1- 4, Collaborate 1-3
5 (Sem 2 wk 10)Assessment 3: Reflection on Assessment 2. Bakehouse de-brief. Collaborate skills & knowledge presentation/discussion (ALL STUDENTS)Collaborate 1-3
Mid semester break
6 (Sem 2 wk 11-12)Operate lighting prac in collaborative pairs.Operate 1- 4, Collaborate 1-3
7 (Sem 2 wk 13-14)Assessment 4: Operate Lighting Prac in Collaborative PairsOperate 1- 4, Collaborate 1-3
8 (Sem 2 wk 15-16)Production Lighting review and individual feedback sessionsCollaborate 3


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Other resources for this course are available online in Blackboard via the Learning Hub in My RMIT (

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

This course is assessed in combination with another unit (clustered) BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process GEDU6110C

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment and once you have demonstrated competency, you will receive a grade for the graded Assessment Task (refer to MyRMIT for grading rubric).

Assessment 1: Knowledge test online in Blackboard (to be completed at home after class 3)

Assessment 2: Setting-up and operating lighting for a live band recording with a crew in a professional setting at Bakehouse Studios (to be conducted on one afternoon/evening on one of the following dates; 18, 19, 25, 26 August or 1, 2 September 2017) 

Assessment 3: Reflection on Assessment 2 (to be completed in class 5)

Assessment 4: Operate lighting prac in collaborative pairs (to be conducted in class 7)

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.
Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

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

Course NameSet up and operate lighting cues and effects      
RMIT Course CodeEEET7374C      
National CodeCUALGT403      
Assessment TaskE:1 PC:7E:2 PC: 3E:3   PC: 4E:4   PC: 3Knowledge Evidence: 7Performance Evidence: 8Assessment Conditions Met? 2
Assessment 1: Setting-up and operating lighting for a live band recording with a crew in a professional setting at Bakehouse Studios (to be conducted on one afternoon/evening on one of the following dates; 18, 19, 25, 26 August or 1, 2 September 2017)1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.62.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7   1 to 8Yes
Assessment 2: Reflection on Assessment 1 (to be completed in class 5)  3.1, 3.2, 3.33.1, 3.2, 3.31 to 7 Not applicable
Assessment 3 - Knowledge test in Blackboard (to be completed at home after class 6).  3.1, 3.2, 3.33.1, 3.2, 3.31 to 7 Not applicable
Assessment 4: Operate lighting prac in collaborative pairs (to be conducted in class 7)1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.62.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7   1 to 8Yes

*E = Element PC = Performance Criteria

Other Information

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

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

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

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

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

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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