Course Title: Coordinate production operations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: BUSM6268C

Course Title: Coordinate production operations

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4230 - Certificate IV in Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Simon Embury
Phone: (03) 99254345

Nominal Hours: 45

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

No pre-requisites or co-requistes are required.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to monitor and coordinate one or
more of the technical production aspects of live theatre or event production. As such, it
requires specific skills and knowledge in the relevant technical area plus a knowledge of
management roles and responsibilities. The unit is closely linked to unit CUETEM03B Establish and manage production requirements and resources. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUETEM01C Coordinate production operations


1 Plan and organise workflow for production operations

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly assess workloads of colleagues and allocate work to facilitate effective and efficient operations
1.2 Delegate work to appropriate colleagues in accordance with the principles of delegation
1.3 Assess workflow and progress against agreed
objectives and timelines
1.4 Assist colleagues in the prioritisation of workload through supportive feedback and coaching
1.5 Provide timely input to relevant colleagues in relation to staffing needs


2 Evaluate and monitor production operations

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check and evaluate production aspects at the appropriate times and in accordance with production schedule, legal and occupational health and safety requirements
2.2 Provide timely and relevant feedback and support on technical aspects to appropriate personnel as required
2.3 Initiate or organise modifications as required by the production and in consultation with colleagues
2.4 Check that documentation is updated as required in accordance with production requirements
2.5 Identify the need for technical run-throughs and negotiate as required


3 Solve problems and make decisions in relation to production operations

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify technical problems promptly and analyse from an operational perspective
3.2 Initiate short term action to resolve the immediate problem where appropriate
3.3 Analyse problems for any long-term impact, and assess and action potential solutions in consultation with colleagues
3.4 Take follow-up action to monitor the effectiveness of the solution


4 Liaise with production colleagues to maximise quality

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify key production personnel and liaise to ensure a holistic approach
4.2 Provide regular updates to colleagues in relation to production issues and general progress
4.3 Seek relevant information from colleagues to allow for timely response to changes in other areas of work

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to coordinate a production through pre-production and during the actual production.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include a range of
•    teacher directed group activities/projects
•    class exercises to review discussions/lectures
•    independent project based work
•    online research
•    group discussion
Out-of-class activities include completion of individual design and pre-production work, preparation for class presentations and location excursions.

Teaching Schedule

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Week     Weekly topics and activities
Week 1 Introduction and course guide

Week 2Production planning
1. Plan and organise workflow for production operations
Week 3Three point lighting practical exercises
2. Evaluate and monitor production operations
3. Solve problems and make decisions in relation to production operations
4. Liaise with production colleagues to maximise quality
Week 4Continuity lighting exercise
2, 3, 4
Week 5Production planning1
Week 6Labour Day holiday. No classes

Week 7Underpinning knowledge lighting terminology test.
Assessment task # 3
Week 8Submission of Assessment task #1: Lighting Design
Submission of Assessment task #2: Lighting Design Presentation

Pre-production meetings to analyse all plans for upcoming practical location lighting assessments

1, 3, 4
Week 9Assessment task # 4: Lighting Design implementation
Selected half of Group A

1, 2, 3, 4
Week 10Assessment task # 4: Lighting Design implementation
Selected half of Group B

1, 2, 3, 4
Week 11Assessment task # 4: Lighting Design implementation
Selected half of Group A
1, 2, 3, 4
Week 12Assessment task # 4: Lighting Design implementation
Selected half of Group B

1, 2, 3, 4
Week 13 Feedback

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Mollison, M., 2010, Producing Videos, ‘A Complete Guide’ 3rd Ed, Allen and Unwin, Sydney


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;
•    a pen and notepaper
•    a laptop computer

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include participation in practical activities, folio development and production exercises.

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. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.
For further information on the assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Formative Assessment

Assessment task #1: Lighting Design. Complete a lighting design for a location shoot incorporating a location plan, equipment list, Safe Work Methods Statement (JSA) and description of allocation of job roles.
Due week 8
Assessment task #2: Lighting Design Presentation.  Present your report as part of a team at a pre-production meeting. Due week 8

Summative Assessment

Assessment task #3: Underpinning knowledge lighting terminology test.
Assessment task #4: Lighting Design implementation.  Implement your lighting design on location as part of a work team Will be conducted in weeks 9 to 12 in accordance with the teaching schedule above.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

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

Other Information

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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