Course Title: Implement sound designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: VART6418C

Course Title: Implement sound designs

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact: Rebekha Naim

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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. 



What is Sound Design?

Examples and discussion


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. Delivery, presentation and discussion

Complete Ass 3


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.

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

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

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 task.

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 1. Synchronisation "Australian Open". Synchronise and create a soundtrack for "Cointreau" 30sec. TVC (Due 13th March 2020)

In this assessment, students will firstly learn how to synchronise audio and video in ProTools. They will then create sound design for a 30 second television commercial.

Students will learn how to synchronise video to audio, in a common language with the industry, so they can exchange their work with picture editors, directors, agencies etc.

They will receive a brief for the commercial, and reflect the intentions of the client, agency and production company.

They will learn about the strict rules that define the length of audio within a television commercial. 


Assessment 2. Cinema production opening sequence (Due 5th May 2020)

Learning how to synchronise video material within Logic Pro.

How to navigate and manipulate audio files within Logic.

Employing sound design to bring pictures to life.


Assessment 3. Contact sequence: Group assignment (Due 29th May 2020)

The ability to problem solve, delegate and work within a group.

To deal with copyrighted material in accordance with A.P.R.A.

To build on sound design skills, in a narrative context. 

To continue to synchronise audio to picture. 


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


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.

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