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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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: Simon Frith

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 purposes.
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 image.
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 procedures.

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

In class activities & out-of-class activities

-List of possibilities include
-guest lecturers
-group discussion
-online research
-independent project based work
-teacher directed group activities/projects
-class exercises to review discussions/lectures

Teaching Schedule

Week 1
Course outline, assessment & introduction

Week 2
Camera intro types & formats

Week 3

Week 4
F stop

Week 5
Shutter speed

Week 6

Week 7
Other accessories

Week 8
Your camera

Week 9
Digital systems & sensors.

Week 10
Use & care

Week 11

Week 12
Shooting & review of work
1.1 - 4.2

Week 13
Shooting & review of work
1.1 - 4.2

Week 14
Shooting & review of work
1.1 - 4.2

Week 15
Shooting & review of work
1.1 - 4.2

Week 16
Shooting & review of work
1.1 - 4.2

Week 17
Shooting & review of work
4.1 - 4.2

Week 1
Assessments due

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Canon EF Lens Work : The Eyes of EOS


Other Resources

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

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assignments are subject to change

Formative test on
Shutter speed
F Stop
Focal length

Summative Assignment on
Shutter speed
F Stop
Focal length

You will be assessed using 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

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

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 spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. This feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions:
Please advise teacher in advance if an extension of time or special consideration is required for submission of work. Refer to the course blackboard site for policy information including information on late submissions.

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.

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

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