Course Title: Implement sound designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART5094C

Course Title: Implement sound designs

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6151 - Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nat Bates
ph: 9925 4815

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

In this course you will cover 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 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.

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.

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities may include, but are not limited to:

• lectures and/or lab work
• teacher directed group activities and projects
• concept development of group and individual projects
• group discussions and class presentations
• peer and teacher feedback
• WIP (work in progress) reviews
• self directed online, library and industry research
• self directed project production work and reflection
• class excursions to events and locations outside of RMIT

Out of class activities may include, but are not limited to:

• maintaining secure daily backups of all assessment and project data
• accessing online tutorial resources
• self directed online, library and industry research
• self directed project production work and reflection

Teaching Schedule


CUASOU505 Implement sound designs


Class content


Wk 1

Music 1 – sourced music for screen content incl editing music for storytelling

Class workshop -  introduction to Garageband

Introduce - A01 Music, atmos and/or offscreen sound 


Wk 2

Music 2 – scoring for screen content

Class workshop - exploring Garageband further - Work in Progress review


Wk 3

Atmos/background sound - big world sound

Class workshop - stereo recording - Work in Progress review


Wk 4

WIP review – Present your progress with A01 - Music, atmos and/or offscreen sound

Offscreen sound - sound beyond the frame

Class workshop - editing audio around the picture (J cuts and L cuts)

A01 - Music, atmos and/or offscreen sound

Wk 5

Foley 1 - performing sound for screen content

Class workshop - matching live foley performance to a screen edit

Introduce - A02 - Foley and voice


Wk 6

Foley 2 - editing and transforming foley

Class workshop - cutting sound and applying appropriate effects - Work in Progress review


Wk 7

Voice 1 - voiceover to picture

Class workshop - recording voiceover and editing dialogue - Work in Progress review


Wk 8

WIP review – Present your progress with A02 - Foley and voice

Voice 2 - ADR (additional dialogue replacement)

Class workshop - dubbing voices over picture

A02 - Foley and voice

Wk 9

Mixing 1 - layout and automation

Class workshop - setting up a mix in the software

Introduce - A03 Final mix


Wk 10

Mixing 2 - compression and mixdown
Class workshop - finalising a mix in the software - Work in Progress review


Wk 11

Production workshop 1

Class workshop - recording on location - Work in Progress review


Wk 12

Production workshop 2

Class workshop - dialogue editing and ADR - Work in Progress review


Wk 13

Production workshop 3

Class workshop - adding atmosphere and music - Work in Progress review


Wk 14

Production workshop 4

Class workshop - adding sound effects - Work in Progress review


Wk 15

WIP review – Present your progress with A03 - Final mix

Production workshop 5

Class workshop - mixing

A03 - Final mix

Wk 16


Class workshop - viewing your work


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Other Resources

Students are encouraged to make full use of class time, open studio time and University computer lab resources. Please consult the RMIT University web site for details of access times and locations.

Other required resources include, but are not limited to: an A4 or A3 visual diary, drawing materials (pencils of various grades (1B & 2B), erasers, coloured pencils and pens, graphic markers such as Copic brand) broadband internet access, suitable digital media storage such as a portable hard drive or USB flash drive, with at least 64Gb capacity.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include class based practical exercises and project work undertaken in the computer lab for submission.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this course is competency based. To show competency, you must complete all assessments to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. Once you have demonstrated competency, you will receive a grade for A03 and for the course.

Late submissions or submissions that do not reach the required standard, may be assessed Not Yet Satisfactory. You will receive resubmission instructions via email, myRMIT or LMS feedback. Resubmissions must occur within a week of this notification.

Graded assessments which are resubmitted, are eligible for CAG (Competency Achieved Graded) only.

Please refer to the assessment brief for full assessment criteria or assessment rubric. All assessment documents are available on the course LMS page through MyRMIT.


A01 - Music, atmos and/or offscreen sound
Produce music and offscreen sound for a project in progress. Create at least TWO pieces of music for a screen project, and add non-musical sound to a screen project that describes something NOT SHOWN on screen.

Ungraded - Due week 4

A02 - Foley and voice
Produce foley sound and voice for a project in progress. Record foley sound for a screen project, and create voice recordings for a screen project.

Ungraded - Due week 8


A03 - Final mix
Produce the final sound mix for a project in the post production phase.

Graded - Due week 15

Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades:

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.

The assessment matrix for this course can be found on Blackboard through myRmit, or from your teacher.

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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