Course Title: Use a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalent

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5946C

Course Title: Use a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalent

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4224 - Certificate IV in Photoimaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Mr Guy Little
Phone: 03 9925 4865

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 are introduced to the skills and knowledge required to apply a range of techniques to the use of a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalent. Current photoimaging industry practice relies increasingly on digital imaging processes and this is reflected in the training and
assessment as you become familiar with specific techniques used in photoimaging.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI05B Use a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalent


1. Operate the camera

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and select appropriate camera for specific
1.2 Safely operate the camera.


2. Experiment with techniques to capture
photographic images.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and select appropriate techniques for the
photographic subject matter .
2.2 Identify and select correct lenses and accessories for the
photographic subject.
2.3 Select and use appropriate controls to effect image
capture and to ensure correct exposure.
2.4 Test techniques to achieve changes to subject
appearance as required.


3. Review images.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use equipment correctly to process and output the
3.2 Evaluate results to ensure correct exposure and the
desired outcome for the subject matter.
3.3 Accurately document the processes and outcomes in
accordance with workplace procedures.


4. Restore equipment.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Clean and prepare equipment for storage , using
cleaning materials safely.
4.2 Store equipment in accordance with workplace

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be familiar with the 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalent. You will be able to maintain and use the camera.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:

  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • demonstration and practical application
  • group discussion
  • field trips
    online research
    independent project based work
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
    workshopping of students’ own projects

    Out-of-class activities include, but are not limited to,
    • research
    • independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

See Assessment Schedule Weekly Breakdown

Week StartingClass ContentWeek BeginningElements
Week 1
Course outline, assessment & introduction7.2.11 
Week 2
Camera intro types & formats14.2.11 1.1-1.2
Week 3
ISO21.2.11 2.1-2.4
Week 4
F stop28.2.11 2.1-2.4
Week 5
Shutter speed7.3.11 2.1-2.4
Week 6
Lenses14.3.11 2.1-2.4
Week 7
Other accessories21.3.11 2.1-2.4
Week 8
Your camera28.3.11 3.1-3.3
Week 9
Digital systems & sensors.
Week 10
Use & care11.4.11 4.1-4.2
Week 11
18.4.11 – 29.4.11
 Mid-semester break 21/4/11 to 27/4/11 (inclusive)  
 Week 12
 Shooting & review of work 25.4.11 
 Week 13
 Shooting & review of work  2.5.11 9.5.11  
 Week 14
 Shooting & review of work 16.5.11  
 Week 15
 Shooting & review of work  23.5.11  
 Week 16
 Review and Assessment Due 30.5.11  
 Week 17 Assessment  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


De Bono, Edward Lateral Thinking. Penguin, London, 1970. You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

None required

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in practical exercises, and through the application of learned skills and insights to your photography assignments.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment and a grade for the summative assessments. 

Formative Tasks

1. Complete a theory test on camera theory

Summative Tasks

1. Dof, exposure, colour temperature and bracketing.

2. Movement

3. Focal length

4. Perspective

Grading criteria for this assessment can be found on the course blackboard site.
Your assignment will be assessed using the following grades:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG  Competency Acheived -Graded
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

NYC Not Yet competent

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of
Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to
complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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