Course Title: Develop and implement sound plans

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: VART6471C

Course Title: Develop and implement sound plans

School: 345H Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact: Michael "Smasha" Pollard

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 35

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

Students will learn the skills and knowledge to operate a audio mixing equipment, including, major outboard sound processing equipment, software and develop basic skills to monitor sound quality and develop creative and technical judgements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUASOU406 Develop and implement sound plans


1. Establish brief for sound system

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Liaise with relevant people to determine production requirements 1.2 Research and identify best options to meet production requirements 1.3 Confirm that production requirements can be implemented within available budget and resources 1.4 Source additional expertise as required


2. Develop sound plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop draft sound plan to meet production requirements 2.2 Draw and notate microphone plots, sound sources, block diagrams and layout as required 2.3 Anticipate problems that might arise during implementation of sound plan, and manage accordingly 2.4 Seek feedback on draft sound plan from relevant people, and amend as necessary


3. Implement sound plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Monitor sound team to ensure they meet their obligations and production requirements 3.2 Negotiate and agree on changes to sound plan with relevant people 3.3 Check that sound system is tuned to achieve desired result 3.4 Address sound equipment problems with minimum disruption to production 3.5 Follow work health and safety (WHS) procedures, and use safe work practices when implementing sound plans and listening to sound systems 3.6 Prepare and update production documentation as required


4. Evaluate sound plan

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Consult relevant people to evaluate effectiveness of sound plan in meeting production requirements 4.2 Evaluate own role in implementation of sound plan, and note areas for improvement 4.3 Provide feedback to team members on their performance as required 4.4 Document evaluation of sound plan in line with production requirements and enterprise procedures

Learning Outcomes

You learn the theoretical and practical operation of audio production equipment in order to prepare you for a range of audio production workplace scenarios. Theory will arm you with the knowledge required to fully utilise audio equipment effectively, and practical demonstration and application of a range of live and recording based sound production equipment will allow you to develop your own understanding, knowledge and skills.


Details of Learning Activities

Welcome to DISP - Develop and Implement Sound Plans (CUASOU406), delivered primarily in RMIT Sound Production Studio 1 over 15 face-to-face classes, this module covers the building-block concepts behind the equipment, operation, theory and tips 'n' tricks of Sound Engineering & Production. It will also include delivery hours and content under the Mix Live Audio course, VART6343c.

Teaching Schedule



Readings and Activities


Unit(s) of Competency

Elements and Performance Criteria

Class 1


Introduction & overview to course 



Introduction to class/expectations/start-finish times/subject and overview of topics.
Summary of resources, additional reading and info sources.
Toolkit including headphone discussion.




Class 2




Activity: Power supplies, Signal Interaction > Audio Levels & Audio Connectors, DI Boxes





Class 3



Activity: Off-MultiTrack Monitoring, Split V's In-Line




Class 4



Activity: TOFT desk introduction, commence manual review




Class 5



Activity: TOFT Console - continue features review




Class 6



Activity: Signal Flow




Class 7


Activity: Signal Flow assessment

Complete Patchbay overview


Assessment 1: Signal Flow

Due: In-Class completion of Toft Signal Flow



Class 8

EQ part a


Activity: Equalisation: why when, where.

Filters, Shelf




Class 9

EQ part b


Activity: Sweep, Parametric, Graphic




Class 10



Activity: Overview of dynamics processing, history, applications and tips - Compression




Class 11



Activity: Overview of dynamics processing, history, applications and tips - Limiting, Exp/Gates, Sidechains




Class 12

FX part a


Activity: Time based FX - delay, spatial




Class 13

FX part b


Activity: Time based Fx continued: Reverb, Pitch based FX: Pitch/Harmonic




Class 14


Activity: Overview of magnetic tape, machines, history, applications, digital alternatives (plugs etc)




Class 15 

Exam / Knowledge Test

Written assessment covering all key class based theory - ensure revision questions are compelted to aid preparation

Assessment 5: Written Assessment

Due: In-Class completion of written exam






Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include in-studio practical session and written assessment.

Assessment Tasks

Some are imbedded practical tasks that are completed as you attend studio sessions and are ‘non-graded’. Please note that attendance and adequate supervised ability is a requirement within these assessments.

Some tasks [written test], demonstrate how the student retains critical material (theory) and are ‘graded’.

Please ensure you understand how this mixed assessment works - NON-GRADED tasks MUST be achieved successfully to permit GRADED assessment to be awarded to you.


If you cannot meet a submission date or assessment date the student must apply for an extension to RMIT.

Submissions cannot be made after the end of the teaching period without a Special Consideration application for extension.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. Failure to complete all assessment items will affect grade and ability to be awarded Qualification.

1. Semester A - SIgnal Flow NON-GRADED

Complete in-class assessment of In-Line Console Signal Flow
Completion of this exercise is required for course completion.

  • Due Class 7

2. Semester A - Radio Advert (Broadcast Advertisement) NON-GRADED

You will complete this exercise in your practical work group outside of class time using either RMIT labs, personal equipment or small edit studio facilities booked via staff in the Google Calender system and submit 1 x uploaded .wav file per group.

  • Submit Broadcast Standard Advertisement as per supplied brief
  • Record voice-over and mix with suitable sound fx and music bed
  • Add complimentary processing including compression, limiting & EQ
  • Submit uploaded .WAV file as Production Master labelled accurately.
  • Due week 16 Sem A

3. Semester A/B - Practical Session in studio 3 (Acoustic Recording Session) NON-GRADED

You session supervisor will check-off your adequate completion of the following...

  • Session plan completion using pro-forma and implementation of plan
  • Timley attendance of each group member within the allocated time booked
  • Involvement within session procedures and completion of tasks required to successfully finish production within time limit
  • Safe work practice with regard to listening levels and monitoring routines of both control room and studio/performer monitoring (Headphones)
  • Due week 16 Sem A

4. Semester B  Major Project Sessions in studio 1 (Major Project initial tracking sessions) NON-GRADED

You participation within this session will allow your supervisor to check-off your adequate completion of the following.

  • Session plan completion using pro-forma and implementation of plan
  • Timely attendance of each group member within the allocated time booked
  • Involvement within session procedures and completion of tasks required to successfully finish production within time limit
  • Safe work practice with regard to listening levels and monitoring routines of both control room and studio/performer monitoring (Headphones)
  • Due week 16 sem B

 5. Written Examination GRADED  

Held at then end of the theory class schedule

  • This is a significant assessment covering key theoretical material and the expected knowledge and skill sets covered within the previous classes of material.
  • Students shall be advised of revision procedure and provided access to both class notes and revision guidelines

The details on these assessments and the grading criteria for this competency can be found on the course Canvas site. 

Graded assessment used in this unit is as follows: 
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

Assessment matrix available on request

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.




Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • research and identify the sound requirements for productions
  • develop sound plans that clearly specify all production requirements
  • implement sound plans for at least two productions or events as part of a collaborative team
  • document evaluation of sound plans against production requirements.


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 the elements of a sound plan
  • list and describe possible production requirements that may need to be considered in the development of a sound plan
  • explain the issues and challenges that typically arise when implementing sound plans, and how to address them
  • outline the work health and safety (WHS) principles of safe listening, including safeguards against hearing loss.


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