Course Title: Implement sound designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6418C

Course Title: Implement sound designs

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6150 - Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Andrew Duffield

Nominal Hours: 50

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement a design for any productions requiring sound.

It applies to individuals with a thorough understanding of a wide range of sound equipment and sound effects, along with the ability to supervise and work creatively and collaboratively with others, including sound mixers, sound editors and other studio technicians. The ability to solve problems that arise in the context of implementing sound designs is essential.

IMPLEMENT SOUND DESIGN assesses the skills and knowledge involved in providing Sound Design & final sound balance for Screen productions. The unit also looks at a candidate’s ability to effectively work with a client’s requirements in a timely fashion.

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to implement sound designs.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUASOU505 Implement sound designs


1. Confirm sound design specifications

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Consult relevant people to confirm sound design specifications meet production requirements

1.2 Identify and confirm people needed to meet production requirements

1.3 Confirm content, quality and duration of sound components

1.4 Research copyright requirements to confirm sound design will comply with legislation

1.5 Liaise with relevant people to consider and incorporate additional or changed production requirements and new ideas as required


2. Implement sound design

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Devise or obtain sound components to meet sound design specifications

2.2 Record sound effects as required

2.3 Manipulate sound components to achieve desired sonic finish and style

2.4 Identify changes required, seek feedback from relevant people about work in progress, and modify as required

2.5 Direct, advise and assist technical staff as required

2.6 Save master copy of sound design recording in required format for playback media

2.7 Make backup copies of sound design recording in line with production requirements and organisational procedures


3. Finalise operations

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Prepare and update production documentation as required

3.2 Label, log and store recorded masters, version copies and backups according to production requirements and organisational procedures

3.3 Evaluate implementation of sound design specifications in consultation with relevant personnel

3.4 Evaluate own performance, and note areas for improvement

3.5 Provide feedback to team members on their performance as required

3.6 Document evaluation outcomes according to organisational procedures

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to understand, participate in, and implement various stages of sound production and sound design implementation for screen based media, and be able to address the needs of clients in this area.


Details of Learning Activities

Class delivery will be undertaken in classrooms and computer labs.

Classes will cover required content and briefs, and lab sessions will cover practical work and assessments. Labs and sound studio facilities will be available for out of class project work time.

Supporting documentation and media will be supplied online.

Teaching Schedule






Class 1

Course overview. 




An introduction to Implementing Sound Design.


Class 2

Creating sound for advertising - The Client, Agency, and Production House. 




Briefing for Assessment task 1.


Class 3

Lab work: Integration of sound and picture. 




Practical work on Assessment task 1




Class 4

Lab Work: Practical work on Assessment task 1




Class 5

Assessment task 1 - Delivery, presentation and discussion

Complete Ass 1



Class 6

Sound as memory and persuasion.




Class 7

Style and form. 




Integration - Voice over, sound design and the mix. 


Briefing for Assessment task 2


Class 8

Lab Work: Practical work on Assessment task 2




Class 9

Lab Work: Practical work on Assessment task 2




Class 10

Assessment task 2 - Delivery, presentation and discussion

Complete Ass 2



Class 11

Sound design - Sound Art / Theatre / Dance




Class 12

Sound Art continued. 




Briefing for Assessment task 3


Class 13

Lab Work: Practical work on Assessment task 3




Class 14

Lab Work: Practical work on Assessment task 3




Class 15 / 16

Lab Work: Practical work on Assessment task 3

Complete Ass 3



Assessment task 3 - Delivery, presentation and discussion


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will require:

  • Closed headphones
  • Data storage (EG portable flash drive / hard drive >8gb)

Overview of Assessment

Course assessment tasks will include class based practical exercises and project work undertaken in the audio computer lab and possibly recording studios for submission.

Assessment will be made through providing sound design for screen based projects.


Assessment Tasks



* Import video files into audio DAW in Summative assessments

* Establish markers as requested

* Establish TC start times as requeted

* Establish 3 team roles for Summative asessment #3.




1. "Cointreau" 60sec. TVC

* Import Movie. 1st frame of picture to 1.30.00

* Create markers at Edit points.

* Introduction of audio at 1.30.12

* Place audio on or within edits.

* Create a sound collage, with an arc (beginning, middle, end) that follow the visual narrative.

* Demonstrate perspective.

* Audio must conclude (reverb tails included) 12 frames from end of picture.

Monitor the audio on a different system, and tweak accordingly before presentation.

* Present the work to class.


2. Cinema production opening sequence

* Import Movie. Place 1st frame at 1.30.00

* Audio will commence at 1.30.00

* Use tap tempo to find the implied rhythm from the pictures.

* Place tempo marker at 1.30.00

* Use sound design to infer the flicking of pages.

* Use additional elements to pull the viewer in and to take the film forward.

* Employ elements that fill foreground, midground and background positions. Explain.

* Make a transition from brand logo segment to the film title sequence.

* Present to class. 

- Explain motives and methods.


3. Contact sequence: Group assignment (3 students) 

* Divide into 3, with the roles of sound editor, music licensing and engineer/producer.

* Import Movie to DAW software.

* Designate 1.30.00 as 1st frame.

* Find Australian music that spans the history of recorded sound in Australia, audio grabs of significant events, and place them on the timeline, in receding order (from most recent to oldest).

* Place the music in perspective.

* Employ SFX to create transitions.

* Create an audio link between music segments.

* Create a balanced final mix.

* Present to class. 

- Annotate sources of audio and investigate copyright issues.

- Explain methods and motives.

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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