Course Title: Install and test lighting equipment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: EEET7375C

Course Title: Install and test lighting equipment

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: 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

In this course, you will develop the skills and knowledge required to install and test lighting systems for bands, seminars and other live events. You will learn to work autonomously and in a team environment as you take responsibility for creating quality lighting installations for live productions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUALGT303 Install and test lighting equipment


1. Determine lighting requirements for productions

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm overall lighting requirements with reference to lighting documentation and in consultation with production personnel

1.2 Calculate power requirements and confirm power sources and locations meet production requirements

1.3 Identify patching, colour and focus requirements

1.4 Identify additional equipment or materials needed, and organise acquisition according to enterprise procedures


2. Prepare lighting equipment for installation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm lighting equipment is safe and operational using appropriate test equipment and in line with enterprise procedures

2.2 Identify and address routine faults and repairs and refer complex matters to technical specialists in line with enterprise procedures

2.3 Prepare and assemble colour, equipment, lanterns and accessories in readiness for installation or transportation

2.4 Pre-rig lighting equipment in line with safety and licensing requirements

2.5 Prepare extension leads, looms and cables to comply with design specifications, enterprise standards and legal requirements


3. Install lighting

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Install rigging and accessories according to legislative and enterprise safety requirements

3.2 Test, install and hang lanterns and accessories according to lighting plans, scale and manufacturer’s specifications

3.3 Install power supplies according to lighting plans, location standards, manufacturer’s specifications and safety regulations

3.4 Patch lanterns and accessories according to lighting or patch plans

3.5 Label rated cabling correctly and secure it safely, neatly and clear of any moving elements

3.6 Angle and focus lanterns according to lighting plans and artistic requirements

3.7 Check safety of equipment during and after installation in line with industry practice and legal requirements, and seek assistance if required


4. Install lighting control system

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Connect dimmers to power, assign and turn on

4.2 Install and configure control desk and peripherals according to production requirements and required timeframes

4.3 Run and connect control cables and secure safely

4.4 Patch lanterns and channels to dimmers according to lighting or patch plan sheets, taking account of location-specific procedures and conditions


5. Check electrical safety

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Complete installation and testing according to legislative and work health and safety (WHS) requirements

5.2 Check three-phase distribution and power calculations in collaboration with licensed electricians as required

5.3 Check and adjust according to safety standards if necessary, that power supply is sufficient for load requirements and distribution of electrical loading is within limits

5.4 Check cables used are correctly rated, including three-phase cable to dimmers, and that three-phase supplies are balanced, and adjust as required

5.5 Check cabling and connectors meet legislative and WHS requirements, and seek assistance if required


6. Test and adjust lighting

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Test lighting, including communication system, control desk and peripherals in line with industry practice and safety requirements

6.2 Identify the need for adjustments and make modifications accordingly

6.3 Confirm lighting installation meets requirements in consultation with production personnel

6.4 Complete and update lighting documentation as required


7. Disassemble lighting equipment

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Break down and carry lighting equipment and accessories in line with safety procedures

7.2 Clean and safely pack equipment to avoid damage and prepare for transport

7.3 Report and document equipment that is damaged or requires maintenance to relevant production personnel

7.4 Leave worksite in the original or improved condition

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 familiar with production lighting terminology
  • understand documentation like lighting plans, schematics, equipment lists, schedules and cue lists
  • be familiar with techniques for rigging and hanging lighting equipment within licensing requirements
  • be familiar with procedures like hard patching and soft patching 
  • understand and be able to apply basic principles of lighting design 
  • use tools and test equipment necessary to install and maintain lighting equipment

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) BSBLDR403 Lead team effectiveness GEDU6111C

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.

Class #Topics/Themes/AssessmentUnit & Elements
1A (Sem 1 wk 1)Who has done Production Lighting? What is involved (what the course will and won't cover). Typical organisational structures of various lighting crews. Importance of teamwork and safety. Watch inspirational video's. Review of Blackboard resources, assessments & course guide. Name game!CUALGT303 Install 1-7, BSBLDR403 Team 1-4
1B (Sem 1 wk 2)Myers Briggs session (on individual strengths and weaknesses and working in teams).BSBLDR403 Team 1 & 3
1C (Sem 1 wk 3)Basic Physics of light. Power loading and different types of power outlets. Typical lighting systems & DMX. Watch You Tube on DMX.CUALGT303 Install 1-2
2 (Sem 1 wk 4-5)What is this? Demonstration that covers industry terminology, equipment recognition, lantern types, their beams, basic use, care and maintenance. Go over analog console operation and use. Also safety considerations. Game of Twister!CUALGT303 Install 1-2, BSBLDR403 Team 3
3 (Sem 1 wk 6-7)Lighting angles' prac in groups of 3-4. Colour session - all students to produce a given colour with the LED fixtures on analog desk. Lantern rigging, families and their beam types. Colour theory and basic lighting design theory.CUALGT303 Install 1-7, BSBLDR403 Team 1-3
4 (Sem 1 wk 8-9)Common positions in the rig, lighting design theory. Common lighting systems, DMX theory, addressing and soft patching. Lighting documentation and procedures. Martin console layout and use. Tent pole game! Lighting test revision & Assessment 1 - Knowledge test in Blackboard (to be completed at home).CUALGT303 Install 1-2, BSBLDR403 Team 3
5 (Sem 1 wk 10-11)Set-up and pack down a small lighting system in teams.CUALGT303 Install 1-7, BSBLDR403 Team 1-4
Mid semester break
6 (Sem 1 wk 12-13)Set-up and pack down a small lighting system in teams. Prep for Assessment 2.CUALGT303 Install 1-7, BSBLDR403 Team 1-4
7 (Sem 1 wk 14-15)Assessment 2 - Production Lighting Prac in Teams.CUALGT303 Install 1-7, BSBLDR403 Team 1-4
8 (Sem 1 wk 16)Review of Install & Team units. Assessment 3 - Reflection on the Lighting Prac in Teams.CUALGT303 Install 1-7, BSBLDR403 Team 1-4


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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

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) BSBLDR403 Lead team 

effectiveness GEDU6111C

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 4)

Assessment 2: Production lighting prac in teams (to be conducted in class in class 7)

Assessment 3: Reflection on Assessment 2 (to be completed in class 8)

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

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

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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