Course Title: Coordinate sound recording operations on location

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: VART6415C

Course Title: Coordinate sound recording operations on location

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5378 - Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

Course Contact: Rebekha Naim

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 35

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to a number of key areas of current technology and work practice used in the audio sphere of the broadcast industry in Australia, and introduce you to location recording practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUASOU411 Coordinate sound recording operations on location


1. Clarify recording requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss production documentation and requirements with relevant people to determine scope of sound recording operations

1.2 Plan sound recording operations according to production documentation

1.3 Organise script extracts for sound recordists as required

1.4 Visit all locations to identify problems that may arise during sound recording operations and plan accordingly

1.5 Prepare work plan as required, and brief relevant people accordingly

1.6 Check that selected sound equipment and accessories meet production requirements


2. Prepare for location recording operations

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm with relevant people that appropriate sound equipment, accessories and consumables are available and in working order prior to shoot

2.2 Liaise with relevant people to confirm planned recordings meet post-production requirements

2.3 Confirm sound equipment and accessories are rigged according to safety, technical and production requirements


3. Monitor sound recording operations on location

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Determine optimum positioning of boom and microphone for recording dialogue and sound effects during technical run throughs and rehearsals

3.2 Supervise recording and advise sound recordists as required

3.3 Monitor quality of recorded sound and request additional recordings as required

3.4 Confirm sound recordings are backed up regularly to counteract equipment malfunction


4. Finalise sound recording operations

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Confirm sound recordings, master and backup copies meet production and organisational requirements

4.2 Confirm equipment and accessories are de-rigged and work environment is cleaned according to safety and production requirements

4.3 Provide feedback to production team members as required

4.4 Evaluate own performance and note areas for improvement

Learning Outcomes

This unit covers the skills and knowledge necessary for audio production within broadcast environments such as television and radio related industries, specifically including location recording techniques and practice.

Details of Learning Activities

On successful completion of this competency, you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to coordinate and produce high-quality location sound recordings for broadcast video applications. After planning and executing the location sound recording you will use ProTools to produce a final stereo sound mix which is embedded into the video shot on location. 

Teaching Schedule

Course Schedule: Coordinate Sound Recording Operations On Location   

Please note: While all course content in this schedule will be covered, the weekly order may change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.                       




Week 1

Introduction to the course. The History Of Broadcast Technology


Week 2

Broadcast Audio Technology - Microphone Applications 1


Week 3

Broadcast Audio Technology - Microphone Applications 2


Week 4

Assignment Preparation - E.N.G. Sound Kit Familiarisation


Week 5

Assignment location shoot Week 1


Week 6

ProTools Lab 1 - Post Production (& Assignment location shoot week 2, as required)


Week 7


ProTools Lab 2 - Post Production 



Week 8

ProTools Lab 3 - Post Production 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist

expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:

The Learning Lab

The Study Support Hub

English for uni workshops

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be made through knowledge tests and practical project work.

Assessment Tasks

Assesment 1 - Coordinate and Execute Location Sound Recording For Video

Due June 2020


Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a range of practical

and theory components. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found

on Canvas.


This is a Vocational Education and Training qualification and is assessed for

Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the

required knowledge and skills at a standard required in the workplace. To be assessed as

Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory

standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment



Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with

competency-based assessment are:


CA: Competency Achieved

NYC: Not Yet Competent

DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment


Assessment Task:

Coordinate Sound Recordings on Location (due week 17, end of Semester)

Completing this assignment will familiarise you with the skills and knowledge required to plan and execute location sound recording for broadcast video.  During the process of completing this assessment, you will:

Become familiar with the planning phase required for location sound recording.- Perform the task of location sound recording using an E.N.G. sound kit. Video will be shot using student smartphones.- Produce a final stereo sound mix to accompany the video.

You will work individually on this assignment.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the

relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program


Other Information




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.


Information about your studies:


You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about

timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.




Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to

assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):



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.


Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or

RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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