Course Title: Supervise technical operations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: BUSM9739C

Course Title: Supervise technical operations

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4128 - Certificate IV in Music Industry (Technical Production)

Course Contact : Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4976

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Anthony "Tok" Norris

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

This course investigates all aspects of studio recording pre-production and recording techniques.
It provides an outline and appreciation of historical events and methods, applies a focus upon complete studio production details and offers practical exercises in both analogue & digital methods of recording & mixing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSTGE01A Supervise technical operations


Supervise technical operations

Performance Criteria:


Make the technical production schedule available to technical personnel and conduct a briefing to ensure that all contents are understood


Ensure that all technical personnel understand their specific duties to ensure sufficient coverage to meet production requirements


Ensure all technical personnel are informed and aware of communications protocols and any other specific operational protocols


Oversee the technical personnel throughout the production process to ensure that all technical requirements are met, quality standards are adhered to and work is undertaken within budgetary constraints


Ensure that occupational health and safety requirements are met and the production schedule is adhered to


Ensure that all necessary technical information is available at the production site


Clearly communicate with technical personnel throughout the production process to ensure accurate technical operations


Four (4) Practical Minor Projects. - 25%
3000 Word Essay: Full Pre-Production Overview of chosen scenario – 75%


Monitor technical quality

Performance Criteria:


Ensure that the assembly and positioning of equipment is checked and notify relevant personnel of any problems


Identify any potential hazards, clear the area of any unwanted objects and ensure that appropriate safety measures are taken


Ensure that the operation of all technical equipment is checked by test, demonstration or rehearsal


Monitor technical quality throughout the production process, communicate any problems to technical and production personnel, and ensure that quality is restored


Receive and evaluate the brief and determine technical production requirements

Performance Criteria:


Interpret and evaluate the production brief and consider a range of technical options that would achieve the production requirements


Read and interpret pre-production paperwork including any technical designs, construction or assembly/installation specifications, to determine resource requirements


Provide solutions to any identifiable technical problems and communicate any difficulties promptly to relevant personnel


Continually liaise with creative personnel during the production, to ensure that production requirements are correctly understood and that any required approvals to amend technical operations are gained before proceeding with work


Determine all resource requirements, giving consideration to budgetary constrains and site requirements, and allow for contingencies


Ensure that there are sufficient backup resources, both personnel and equipment, to cover equipment failures and crew breaks


Develop a detailed technical production schedule and other required documentation, according to enterprise requirements, and make documents available to relevant personnel


Solve any technical problems and failures as they occur

Performance Criteria:


Assist technical personnel to solve any problems and implement contingency plans


Identify technical failures immediately and accurately diagnose the fault


Make any required repairs, within the level of technical expertise available, to ensure the production schedule can be adhered to


Source and coordinate specialist repairers, as required


Promptly decide upon amendments to the production schedule and advise all relevant personnel

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Learning for this course is achieved through:

1- Subject Discussion and Investigation.
2- Overviews of Technical Processes.
3- Practical Hands-on Exercises.
4- Descriptive and Technical Reading/Writing.

Some classes for this course will involve practical demonstration by the teacher using relevant technologies followed by individual exercises by students to explore the technical and creative issues raised.

What is this course about?

This involves the following key elements.
Key #1: Studio Recording History & Approaches.
Key #2: Full Pre-Production Skills and Awareness.
Key #3: Construction of a formal Recording Project Production Plan.
Assessment  for this course is primarily undertaken through the following:

1- Practical Exercises.
2- Written Essay.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to coordinate and monitor the technical aspects of any cultural industry production.

Teaching Schedule

Delivery consists of eight weekly auditorium classes, where students will be informed and prepared for their studio recording sessions in semester 2.

Your teacher will provide you with detailed weekly schedules for this course.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

A set of web based resource links are provided below for this course.
Resource Links"
‘The ultimate Mac OSX audio resource’"
Source of up to date software & related updates / patches. OSX, OS9, Windows."
MIDI & audio on Macintosh"
Hardware, Operating System & audio / video editing software vendor & extensive support, developer documentation etc.""
Articles, Forums & reviews on the topic of optimising Mac computers for various tasks."
extensive database of all Mac models listing hardware / software limitations & expansion options.

Overview of Assessment

Four (4) Practical Minor Projects. - 25%
3000 Word Essay: Full Pre-Production Overview of chosen scenario – 75%

Assessment Tasks

Assessment  for this course is primarily undertaken through the following:

1- Practical Exercises.
2- Written Essay.

Assessments and weightings.
Your teacher will provide specific project & assessment details as they fall due or as scheduled.  You should expect to receive this information at the beginning of this course ( start of semester1).

Prac. Exercises    25%        Written assessment     75%       

Feedback on student progress is provided by individual consultation during project class time. The teacher is also available via an email address.  This will be confirmed by the teacher.
The class teacher can also be met for discussion and feedback by appointment.

All assessment tasks must be successfully completed to achieve competency in this course.

Assessment Matrix

not applicable

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