Course Title: Install, align and test sound equipment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: VART5724C

Course Title: Install, align and test sound equipment

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: Steven Ward

Phone: (03)99254206


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

No pre-requisites or co-requistes are required.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide you with skills and knowledge necessary install and align sound equipment with relation to acoustics, power and connectivity.

After satisfactory completion of this course you will be able to:
• Identify the basic components of an amplified sound system
• Understand the basic requirements of gain structure, dynamics and equalisation
• Understand the basic concepts of acoustics and the acoustic effects of a sound system
• Coordinate the needs of a client in providing an appropriate sound system
• Connect multiple sound sources into an amplified sound system
• Test and align the various components of a sound system

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU05A Install, align and test sound equipment


1.    Determine audio equipment requirements

Performance Criteria:

Liaise with relevant personnel and interpret and confirm the sound equipment requirements to ensure technical and production requirements are met
Assess the acoustic properties of the installation area to determine the equipment and accessories required to deliver an accepted standard of sound quality
Read and interpret any documentation, including the design specifications, to determine resource requirements
Communicate specialist requirements to the relevant personnel
Identify and implement solutions to any identified technical problems and communicate any difficulties promptly to relevant personnel as required
Calculate power requirements and identify power locations and patching requirements
Coordinate any required hire or loan arrangements and ensure hire agreements are completed according to enterprise requirements
Verify that the equipment to be installed is appropriate for the job


2.    Prepare for installation of audio equipment

Performance Criteria:

Prepare and assemble sound recording and other equipment and accessories
Prepare and roll extension leads, looms and cables to meet design specifications, organisational standards and legal requirements
Transport sound equipment safely and efficiently according to the production schedule
Use safe lifting and handling techniques to lift and carry sound equipment to required position


3.    Install audio equipment

Performance Criteria:

Mount sound equipment in accordance with production requirements, instructions and safety guidelines, taking weight and size of equipment into account
Set up microphones in accordance with required specifications
Set up power distribution
Safely and neatly secure and label cabling so that it is clear of moving elements


4.    Align audio equipment

Performance Criteria:

Match interfaces between source and destination according to level, impedance, phase and frequency
Route test signals to the correct signal path
Check that the level of test signal is correct for the production requirements
Equalise sound sources taking room acoustics into consideration
Check systems for potential feedback frequency problems and make adjustments as required
Connect effects rack to mixer where appropriate


5.    Test audio equipment

Performance Criteria:

Check all microphone lines for continuity and patching
Patch, test and tune sound system to suit facility
Check that all microphones are operational according to industry standards and where necessary fit appropriate microphones to relevant personnel to perform testing
Inform appropriate personnel of any problems that arise throughout the set up, as required


6.    Ensure mechanical safety throughout installation

Performance Criteria:

Observe OHS requirements when installing and checking equipment
Check that the position of microphones, mountings and other recording equipment is safe and use safety chains where necessary
Lay cabling to avoid potential mechanical danger and to ensure safety


7.    Ensure electrical safety throughout Installation

Performance Criteria:

Incorporate OHS requirements when setting up and checking electrical equipment
Check that mains or generator supply is sufficient for the maximum load requirements
Ensure that cables used are correctly rated, including three phase cable to dimmers
Lay cabling so that it does not obstruct the free movement of other equipment or endanger personnel
Ensure that maintenance of cabling and connectors meets OHS requirements
Ensure that all required components of sound equipment are connected to the correct voltage supply
Ensure that distribution of electrical loading is within working limits
Ensure that all electrical fittings are tested and tagged in accordance with safety regulations

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to make informed decisions regarding the setup, alignment and testing of an amplified audio system

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of
• demonstrations
• workshops
• practical exercises
• reading set texts
• online exercises
• self directed activities

You will be responsible for your learning and will be expected to engage in independent research, reading and study.

Teaching Schedule


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.

Class    # Planned Class Activities Elements                      
Class 1 Course overview and introduction
Introduction to sound waves and transmission
Introduction to Acoustics
Human Hearing and Loudness
All of Elements
1, 6, 7
Class 2 Microphones and DI’s
Leads and Connectors
Cable rolling exercise
Basic Electronics and Pre Amps
All of Elements
2, 3, 6, 7
Class 3 Introduction to the Mixing Console
Microphone Pre Amps
Signal Flow and Block Diagrams
Auxiliary Sends
All of Elements
3, 4, 6, 7
Class 4 Frequency Filters and Graphic EQ
Controlling Feedback
Power Amplifiers
FOH and Monitor speakers
All of Elements
3, 4, 6, 7
Class 5 Electrical Safety and Power calculations
OH&S for Sound in AV
Australian Standards
SEPP N2 and Music Noise
All of Elements
3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Class 6 Practical Assessment: Signal Flow and System Alignment All of Elements
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Class 7 Practical Assessment: Signal Flow and System Alignment All of Elements
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Class 8 Practical Assessment: Signal Flow and System Alignment All of Elements
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

Other Resources

Refer First Year Book and Materials List

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will involve demonstration of practical tasks and testing of underpinning theory knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course..

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 one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessment.

You will be assessed using the following methods:

Formative Assessment
1.    A series of five online weekly Web Tests that review the material demonstrated in each class. (Classes 1-5)

2.   Five weekly self directed tasks relaeted to the topic and material demonstrated in each class, (Classes 1-5)

Summative Assessment
1. Setup, alignment and test of a sound system, to be conducted in Classes 6-8

This is an assessment of the learner’s ability to apply a variety of skills and knowledge relating to the installation, alignment and testing of a sound system

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

Grades used in this course 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

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

The major learning experience involves theory and practical training and assessment sessions, including individual and group practical exercises. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to achieve competency in this unit.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy

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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

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 go to Academic Integrity

Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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