Course Title: Operate complex lighting

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: EEET7326C

Course Title: Operate complex lighting

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5349 - Diploma of 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: 155

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 and lighting programs, along with reading and producing the appropriate documentation. Skills in advanced 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 a variety of live events. You may also get the opportunity to supervise others.

This is the designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for C5349 Diploma of 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:

CUALGT401 Operate complex lighting


1. Determine production requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Review production documentation to establish creative and technical parameters, as well as timelines for work

1.2 Liaise with relevant personnel to determine scope of lighting requirements and production parameters

1.3 Assess the capabilities of equipment to deliver required lighting effects and find ways to overcome deficiencies as required 


2. Connect and format advanced fixtures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check console fixture library to ensure correct inventory exists and is operational

2.2 Connect console to advanced fixtures through appropriate control protocols and check to ensure designer’s control requirements can be achieved

2.3 Test the capabilities of advanced fixtures through experimentation

2.4 Set up soft patch required for productions to ensure advanced fixtures are connected to appropriate control surfaces

2.5 Format palettes for advanced fixtures according to design requirements

2.6 Maintain electronic and paper plots to take account of changes to original set-up 


3. Program consoles to receive pre-recorded material from external sources

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess protocol, program type and connectivity of external source material for compatibility with main console

3.2 Complete appropriate backups of external source material prior to transfer to main console

3.3 Assess the need for changes to source material and determine whether changes can be made on external device of main console

3.4 Set up main console and external device, transfer material and check that transfer was successful 


4. Plot and operate cues

Performance Criteria:

4.1 In consultation with relevant personnel, determine the cue types and effects required

4.2 Record cues that include advanced fixture types, standard cues and effects within agreed timeframe

4.3 Create, use and recall palettes
4.4 Participate in technical rehearsals and discussions to test cues and effects

4.5 Modify cues as required and update cue sheets and other documentation accordingly

4.6 Operate cues during shows to create the required lighting effects

4.7 Resolve operational problems with lighting with minimal disruption to performances 


5. Complete post show procedures

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Execute power down and disassemble equipment safely

5.2 Pack and store equipment and accessories according to safety regulations and production requirements

5.3 Clean work environment after use, and restore environment to previous condition

5.4 Contribute to evaluations of productions and implement recommendations aimed at improving effectiveness of lighting operations

5.5 Seek feedback from relevant personnel on own work performance and note areas for improvement 

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 & M2Go series and Grand MA Wing
  • use the more advanced 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 and directors
  • supervise lighting crew in class exercises and on live events

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.


Class #


Performance criteria (PC), Performance evidence (PE), Knowledge evidence (KE) covered

Session 1  

Introduction to the course

PC 1.1,1.2,1.3, KE 1&2,5&7

Session 2

Position, hard patch and soft patch Sem 1 truss fixtures

PC 1.1,1.2,1.3, PE 4&5

Session 3

Prac 'Awards Night' 

All PC’s, 4&5

Session 4

Prac 'Fashion Show'

All PC’s, PE 4&5

Session 5

Marking up a script (Part 1, theory class)

KE 1,2,4&5

Session 6

Prac on script (Part 2, prac class)

All PC’s, PE 4&5

Session 7

Lighting protocol (theory class)

KE 2,3,5,6

Session 8

Prep for theory test (theory class)

All KE’s

Session 9

Intro to MA Wing (prac class)

PC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, PE 2,4&5

Session 10

MA Wing continued (prac class)

PC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, PE 2,4&5

Session 11

MA Wing exercise 1 (prac class)

All PC’s, All PE’s

Session 12

MA Wing exercise 2 (prac class)

All PC’s, All PE’s

Session 13

MA Wing exercise 3 (prac class)

All PC’s, All PE’s

Session 14

MA specialist visit (prac class)

PC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, PE 2,4&5

Session 15

MA specialist visit (prac class)

PC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, PE 2,4&5

Session 16

Intro to HedgeHog 4 (prac class)

PC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, PE 2,4&5

Session 17

HedgeHog 4 continued (prac class)

PC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, PE 2,4&5

Session 18

HedgeHog 4 exercise 1 (prac class)

All PC’s, All PE’s

Session 19

HedgeHog 4 exercise 2 (prac class)

All PC’s, All PE’s

Session 20

HedgeHog 4 exercise 3 (prac class)

All PC’s, All PE’s

Session 21

HedgeHog 4 specialist visit (prac class)

PC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, PE 2,4&5

Session 22

Open Day preparation (prac class)

PC 1.1,1.2,1.3, PE 4&5

Session 23

Prac class exercise (prac class)

PC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, PE 2,4&5

Session 24

Avolites specialist visit (prac class)

PC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, PE 2,4&5

Session 25

Clarity specialist visit (prac class)

PC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, PE 2,4&5

Session 26

Chamysys specialist visit (prac class)

PC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, PE 2,4&5

Session 27

Ion specialist visit (prac class)

PC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, PE 2,4&5

Session 28

Revision for the Console Test (prac class)

All PC’s, All PE’s

Session 29

Console test (prac)

All PC’s, All PE’s

Session 30

Console Test (prac)

All PC’s, All PE’s

Session 31

Review & feedback (theory class)

All PC’s, All PE’s, All KE’s

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Other resources for this course are available online in Canvas via My RMIT (

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessments to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments once completed. You will receive a grade once competency has been achieved and Assessment 2 and 3 have been completed. Refer to Canvas for the marking guide (which assesses competency) and the grading rubric (which assesses your grade).

Assessment 1 - Knowledge test online in Canvas to be completed at home in the Easter break, semester 1.

Assessment 2 - Console set-up and operate for a live band at the John Curtin Hotel (offsite) for one evening in April/May (date TBC) OR and alternative event organised by the student.

Assessment 3 - Console set-up and operate for a live band at the Kaliede Theatre (offsite) for one evening in July/August (date TBC) OR and alternative event organised by the student.

Assessment 4 - Lighting console test in October, semester 2.

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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