Course Title: Produce and prepare photo images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART5969C

Course Title: Produce and prepare photo images

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4230 - Certificate IV in Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Jessie DiBlasi

Nominal Hours: 20

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 prepare photo images for integration into an interactive media sequence or product.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDIG303A Produce and prepare photo images


1.    Use scanner to capture photo images

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Source and select appropriate photographic images
according to requirements of photographic project brief
1.2 Discuss selection of images with relevant personnel
1.3 Assess scanner features to ensure that outcomes will
meet the requirements of brief
1.4 Operate scanner according to manufacturer specifications
1.5 Select scanner settings to ensure image capture meets
production requirements
1.6 Transfer and store photographic image files to a computer
using standard naming conventions


2.    Use digital camera to create photo images

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Discuss photographic project brief with relevant personnel
2.2 Assess digital camera features to ensure that outcomes
will meet the requirements of brief
2.3 Plan camera shots taking into account lighting, framing,
composition and other photographic techniques
2.4 Load and operate digital camera according to
manufacturer specifications
2.5 Consider digital camera focus, exposure and shutter
speed to ensure image capture meets production
2.6 Check photographic images for fitness of purpose to
comply with brief
2.7 Transfer and store photographic image files to a computer
using standard naming conventions


3.    Edit photo images

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Load digital imaging software and import photo image
source files
3.2 Manipulate and save digital images using designated
digital imaging software
3.3 Create photo images that incorporate visual design and
communication principles using designated digital
imaging software
3.4 Evaluate the outcome for visual impact, effectiveness and
fitness for purpose
3.5 Confirm outcome with relevant personnel


4.    Prepare photo image assets

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Save files in appropriate output format to meet platform
4.2 Assign metadata tags if required
4.3 Group files logically in a folder system using standard
naming conventions
4.4 Store files in share drive or repository for production team

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to prepare photo images for integration into an interactive media sequence or product. l be able to prepare photo images for integration into an interactive media sequence or product.

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• 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,

• online research
• work shopping
• 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.
Class content

Class Class Content Elements
1 Overview of course content and assessment requirements. Introduction to Occupational Health + Safety (OH+S)
Introduction to image capture: digital + scan
Photoshop: application settings, toolbar, image import
Practical exercises (formative): Using a digital camera, take a portrait, import to Photoshop and save as JPEG. Produce a scanner workflow document.
Elements 1 (1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6)
Element 2 (2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7)
Element 3 (3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5,)
Element 4 (4.1)
2 Image workflow and file management (JPEG/PSD)
Photoshop: image size, cropping, layers, non destructive editing, adding text to image
Practical exercise (formative): Add text to your digital image (portrait). Use Photoshop to edit and save image (JPEG)
Summative assignment topic choice (AV images or OH+S)
Element 1 (1.6)
Element 2 (2.1)
Element 3 (3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5)
Element 4 (4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4)
3 Photoshop: colour correction, masking, retouching/repair photos
Practical exercise: Using a digital camera, photograph (at least 8 images) and present shortlist of three images of AV gear or OH+S issues for summative assessment
Element 3 (3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5)
Element 4 (4.1, 4.2, 4.3)
4  Introduction to presenting images (PowerPoint)
Photoshop: retouch + repair photos
Practical exercise (summative): Retouch your three summative images (AV equipment or OH+S)/ add text to images
Element 3 (3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5)
Element 4 (4.1, 4.3, 4.4)
5  Practical exercise (summative): Produce assessment PowerPoint presentation/present to class  CUFDIG303A:
Element 4 (4.1, 4.3, 4.4)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Galer & Andrews, 2010, Photoshop CS5 Essential Skills, Focal Press.


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of University library facilities, in researching and developing photographic and digital imaging techniques.

Other Resources

Other required resources include a suitable digital camera and a media storage device such as a portable hard drive or a USB flash drive, with at least 4Gb capacity.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include ongoing class exercises and construction of a high-resolution photographic document.

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 assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
Formative Assesments

1. Capture and save a photograph: Introduction to photography and Photoshop
Demonstrate your ability to correctly compose and execute a photograph - by taking a portrait.
Demonstrate your ability to operate a scanner by producing a step-by-step instructional document
Import and save your image. Due by week 2, semester 1.

2. Presentation to the class of the topic you have chosen for the Summative Assessment.
Present your concept for Summative Assessment 01, concept for photographing AV equipment or
OH+S issues. Add text to your portrait. Due by end of class Week 2, semester 1.

Summative Assesments

Photographs with labels:
For this brief you must complete ONE of the two detailed tasks
1. Photograph and add text labels to three photographs of three different items of AV equipment. Identify and add text labels/caption to identify three technical items in each image.


2. Find three different examples of occupational health and safety (OH+S) hazards in your environment and add text labels/captions to identify the hazards as well as text labels/captions that offer a solution(s) for the issue in each image.

In small groups, produce a PowerPoint presentation to present to the class in Week 5, semester 1.

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.
Grades used in this course are as follows:

CA Competency Achieved
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

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

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:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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