Course Title: Manage the operation of stage monitor systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: PERF5081C

Course Title: Manage the operation of stage monitor systems

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

Nominal Hours: 70

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

The ability to effectively operate sound equipment is crucial to working in the live production industries.

In this course you will plan, set up and operate stage monitor systems for performers in live productions and events.

Individuals who apply these skills are expected to display a high level of initiative and judgement as they take responsibility for addressing the on-stage mixing requirements of each performer in a group.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUASOU502 Manage the operation of stage monitor systems


1. Plan stage monitor systems

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse performance and venue information to inform planning of stage monitor systems

1.2 In consultation with relevant personnel, confirm requirements and timeframes for stage monitor system set-up and testing

1.3 Prepare stage layout diagrams with proposed placement of stage monitor equipment

1.4 Select appropriate stage monitor loudspeakers or in-ear monitors and associated cabling for each required send

1.5 Ensure adequate monitoring and communication systems are in place for all relevant personnel

1.6 Ensure availability of in-ear or wireless equipment and accessories


2. Manage the set-up of equipment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Set up and check stage monitor console, processing and amplification racks, and engineer’s monitor

2.2 Check that there is an adequate supply of resources in the event of equipment breakdown

2.3 Label stage monitor consoles and processing equipment so that functions are clearly identified

2.4 Position stage monitor equipment according to health and safety requirements

2.5 Crosscheck final set-up against production requirements


3. Adjust systems for performances

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Test all components of stage monitor systems, including a complete line check of all inputs

3.2 Individually equalise each stage monitor send to avoid run-away feedback and set top gain indication for microphones

3.3 Crosscheck all adjacent stage monitor sends to allow for acoustic interference

3.4 Run complete system up to safe working limit to check performance and mains power availability, taking into account front of house speaker system requirements


4. Manage operations during performances

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Reconfirm production requirements with performers and check that set-up meets individual requirements in relation to quality, balance and sound levels

4.2 Operate faders to produce a level appropriate to the required sound, and check each send in regular rotation

4.3 Make appropriate adjustments to equalisers to produce appropriate tonal quality

4.4 Add effects and other signal processing as required

4.5 Monitor sources and outputs both aurally and visually to ensure that production requirements are met

4.6 Maintain a positive working relationship with performers and others throughout productions

4.7 Troubleshoot and rectify stage monitor system problems during performances

4.8 Ensure that all work is undertaken in line with work health and safety requirements


5. Manage post-show operations

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Complete workplace documentation according to organisational procedures and production requirements

5.2 Handle, clean, maintain and store equipment according to organisational procedures

5.3 Clean and restore the work environment to its original condition

5.4 Involve crew members and performers in evaluations of stage monitor systems and modify procedures as required

5.5 Contribute to evaluations of productions and implement recommendations aimed at improving overall effectiveness of stage monitor systems

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.

Through the application of these skills and this knowledge, you will be able to:

  • Analyse performance and venue information to plan stage monitor systems
  • Select and manage the set-up of stage monitor equipment
  • Test, equalise, crosscheck and adjust stage monitor equipment
  • Manage stage monitor equipment and adjust controls including EQ and signal processing during performances
  • Manage post show operations including documentation and equipment storage
  • Evaluate the performance of the stage monitor systems at the conclusion of the performance

Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities include

  • Practical Theory
  • Teacher led equipment demonstrations
  • Teacher supplied reading notes
  • Online resources
  • Working in simulated and real world environments

Teaching Schedule


Introduction to Radio Theatre

Course overview and introduction

·       Revision / Discussion of Cert 4 Mix Live Audio

·       Organising class splits

·       Stage Monitor Equipment and Storage

·       Stage Planning and mixing desk layout



Break into smaller work groups

·       Discussion and demonstration of assessment #1

·       Organising assessment groups    



·       Discussion and demonstration of assessment #1

·       Organising assessment groups


·       Tuning of monitor speakers for optimal performance of hand held radio and lapel microphones



·       Tuning of monitor speakers for optimal performance of hand held radio and lapel microphones



Assessment #1 of 2 - Operation of a small monitor system for a conference



Assessment #1 of 2 - Operation of a small monitor system for a conference



Assessment #1 of 2 - Operation of a small monitor system for a conference



·       Discussion and demonstration of assessment #2


·       Discussion and demonstration of assessment #2


·       Practice for Assessment #2


·       Practice for Assessment #2


Assessment #2 of 2 – Operation of a large monitor system for a musical performance



Assessment #2 of 2 – Operation of a large monitor system for a musical performance



Assessment #2 of 2 – Operation of a large monitor system for a musical performance


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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 assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Assessment #1 - Operation of a small monitor system for a conference.

Assessment #2 - Operation of a large monitor system for a musical performance.

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).

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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