Course Title: Set up and operate lighting cues and effects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

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: Deborah Hatton


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

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

 Week #









Lighting Stage Positions and Terminology






Lighting Production Roles and Sub-industries






Lighting Theory - Angles and Colour






Cue lists and Documentation - Lighting

Documentation and Reporting






Lighting Workshop - Catch up and review






LX - Power / Distribution / Rigging

Power + Logistics-Delivery on events





   Design Principals and Setting the stage







Effects equipment + hire companies 






Cue Lab






Cue Lab






Prep for Assessment 2











Final Warp and considerations 






Unit Review


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessments in this course are ungraded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessments to a satisfactory standard. Refer to Canvas for the Marking Guide. You will receive feedback on all assessments once completed. 


You will be observed in your ability to set up and store / record and playback lighting cues as per a live performance.

The observation will be broken down as a checklist of elements you must demonstrate successfully, in order to be deemed competent in this task.

Due Date: September 2019


Will be a knowledge assessment task - comprising of approximately 10 x short Q + A's. This will be conducted in the classroom.

Due: October 2019

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

This unit is ungraded;

CA - Competency Achieved 
NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • explore options for implementing lighting cues and effects, using a diverse range of techniques, and operating and interpreting production, creative and technical information
  • set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects using the full range of console features safely and effectively according to production documentation, performance requirements, enterprise instructions and safety procedures
  • test lighting cues and effects and associated equipment are prepared and operational pre-production
  • make decisions about lighting operations quickly and effectively in a high-pressure environment
  • observe dimmer control protocols during production, including those related to advanced features
  • identify problems and faults in equipment and operations prior to and during production and resolve in a timely and safe manner within scope of own role
  • collaborate effectively with creative and technical team members to devise and implement lighting cues and effects that meet production requirements
  • produce and adjust documentation throughout the process, according to enterprise procedures, using appropriate lighting terminology, and demonstrating attention to detail in recording and reproducing lighting cues.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • describe key features and purpose of basic elements of the lighting design process and their impact on the set-up of lighting control systems
  • describe advanced features and effects associated with different lighting systems
  • explain optical and mechanical features and operations of the main types of lanterns and lantern accessories
  • describe how different combinations of lanterns and accessories, and lighting and lighting control systems, are used for different types of production cues and effects
  • describe lighting control concepts used in various lighting systems
  • discuss operational parameters of automated lighting and lighting effects accessories
  • describe safety requirements and procedures that apply to operating lighting cues and effects.


Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:

  • lighting equipment including range of dimmers, peripheral accessories, control devices, and control desks or consoles
  • an appropriate production venue.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

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