Course Title: Establish and manage production requirements and resources

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: BUSM6224C

Course Title: Establish and manage production requirements and resources

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4276 - Certificate IV in Sound Production

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Anthony Norris
Phone: (03) 9925 4268

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


Course Description

In this course you will learn specific skills and requirements to successfully manage studio-based productions. Focal points are both recording & mixing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUETEM03C Establish and manage production requirements and resources


1 Establish Production Requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate initial production concepts and technical requirements in relation to feasibility, safety and any environmental impact.
1.2 Provide timely, accurate and correct advice on the feasibility and safety of concepts and their implementation, including suggestions of workable alternatives as required.
1.3 Accurately document details of safety and technical requirements in relation to the production concepts.
1.4 Clarify production concepts and final requirements in consultation with the appropriate personnel as required.


2 Complete Plans for Realisation of Production

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and agree on options for realisation and execution in consultation with the appropriate personnel. (the Artist)
2.2 Correctly interpret production documentation/models to adapt these to serve practical requirements of construction or installation.
2.3 Accurately and appropriately document all decisions,
agreements and other relevant information in accordance with organisational procedures.
2.4 Develop an action plan for implementing construction or
installation incorporating all requirements in terms of labour, materials, equipment and facilities.


3 Source & Cost Resources

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Source and cost resource requirements as required in accordance with organisation policy and procedures.
3.2 Develop realistic expenditure estimates to meet the budget allocation.
3.3 Identify potential budget overruns and resolve and/or recommend alternatives to appropriate personnel.
3.4 Liaise with internal and/or external suppliers to acquire equipment and materials, using existing materials wherever possible.
3.5 Follow appropriate financial procedures in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.


4 Manage Construction or Installation

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Organise and oversee work to ensure that construction or installation is completed within constraints of timeframes, budget and available technology.
4.2 Allocate tasks in accordance with skill, preference, training requirements and multi-skilling considerations.
4.3 Liaise with colleagues and attend appropriate run-throughs and/or production meetings to identify any alterations that need to be made to original design specifications.
4.4 Monitor construction or installation to ensure that it meets
design specifications, budgetary constraints and timelines.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will have achieved the skills and knowledge required to establish and manage resources and other requirements for a particular production.

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• lectures
• group discussion
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• work shopping of students’ own projects

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
• online research
• independent project based work
• studio-based practical exercises & projects

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass ContentActivityAssessmentsElements
Class 1Subject Overview, Summary of Learning Outcomes & Assessments.
Opening Lecture by Teacher.
IntroductionPractical Ex. 1 commences Semester 1, week 4: TOFT1 - 4
Class 2Allocation to Studio Work Groups.
Prepare for Studio Prac’s –Talent liaison for Prac exercises 3, 4 & Major Project (Semester 2).
Work Groups
Artist Liaison
Practical Ex. 2 commences Semester 1, week 8: NEVE1 - 4
Class 3Summary of Pre-Production Report requirements: Pre-Production Overview. EG’s. Commence Classwork constructing this document.Production Report OverviewPractical Ex. 3 commences Semester 1, week 12: NEVE1 - 4
Class 4Roles of Studio Personnel. Current Expectations of an Engineer.
Musical Knowledge atop Technical Know-how.
Personnel 1 - 4
Class 5Commence Planning Major Project: Talent Sourcing
Prepare for Class 5: Valves Vs Transistors (ON-LINE CONTENT)
Major Project.
Class Presentation preparation.
Practical Ex. 4 commences Semester 1, week 13: NEVE1 - 3
Class 6Reviews of Russell O’Hamm paper from AES Journal: Production Team presentations.PresentationsAll group members required1 - 3
Class 7Sourcing & Liaison with Artist for Major Project: Issues regarding the organisation of recording artists and the ongoing liaison required.
Click Tracks & Metronomes: Prep of Time Keepers for Drummers
Artist Liaison & Initial Recording session Prep 1, 3, 4
Class 8Tracking Session Overview & Prep.
Major Project Session 1 Preparation & Checklist.
Reference Audio Selection.
Major Project readiness 1, 3, 4
Semester 2    
Class 9Check Organisation for Major Recordings.
Submission of Essays: Pre-Production Plans DUE.
Reports DUE.
On Track Check
Submission of Reports.1 - 4
Class 10Ongoing Reports from Major Recording Sessions
Recording & Production Techniques PT 1
& Techniques
 1 - 4
Class 11Ongoing Reports from Major Recording Sessions
Recording & Production Techniques PT 2
& Techniques
 1 - 4
Class 12Ongoing Reports from Major Recording Sessions
Recording & Production Techniques PT 3
& Techniques
 1 - 4
Class 13Ongoing Reports from Major Recording Sessions
Recording & Production Techniques PT 4
& Techniques
 1 - 4
Class 14Ongoing Reports from Major Recording Sessions
Recording & Mixing Techniques PT 1
& Techniques
 1 - 4
Class 15Ongoing Reports from Major Recording Sessions
Recording & Mixing Techniques PT 2
& Techniques
 1 - 4
Class 16Recording & Mixing Techniques PT 3
Closing Lecture by Teacher.
& Techniques
 1 - 4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

•Recommended texts listed during orientation, all of which are housed in RMIT the libraries of the city campus.
•On-Line resources as recommended by teacher & other staff.
•Class notes and hand-outs from all subjects.


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

Other Resources

You will provide:
• Your own Studio quality Headphones & External Storage device (recommend FW800, Thunderbolt, USB or eSATA).
• Artists for all studio recordings incl. prac’ ex. 3 solo or duo & ex. 4 Drummer.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include various practical exercises in groups on signal flow, analogue recording, record and mixing, drum kit recording, a class presentation on valves and transistors, a pre-production essay and a major recording essay.

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 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.

Formative Assessment
1. Practical exercise Pt. 1: Signal flow stage 1 (WK-GRP)
• Supervised competency on studio signal flow. TOFT Studio (WK-GRP)
2. Practical exercise Pt. 2: Signal flow stage 2 (WK-GRP)
• Supervised competency on studio signal flow. NEVE Studio (WK-GRP)
3. Practical exercise Pt. 3: 4 hour record & mix. NEVE Studio (WK-GRP)
• Supervised record & mix of artist – supplied by work group.
4. Practical exercise Pt. 4: Drum kit recording. NEVE Studio (WK-GRP)
• Supervised Recording of drum kit – Drummer supplied by work group. DATA to be archived for ASE playlist editing (SEM 2)
5. Class summary on valves Vs. transistors (WK-GRP)
• Group presentation on findings from AES Journal by R. O’Hamm
6. Submission of pre-production plan report - 1500 words (INDIVID)
• Individual student pre-production plan outlining major project
• Criteria provided mid-Semester 1, due week 1 Semester 2.

Summative Assessment
Completion of major recording project (WK-GRP)
• 40 hours of studio 1 sessions to record & mix 3 songs
• Must include vocals & drums
Submission of Show-reel CD-R (INDIVID):
• Stereo Mix of 1 outstanding song from 3 recorded by WK-GRP: Minimum -3dB FS Headroom, NON-Mastered 16bit @ 44.1kHz WAV or AIF audio source.
• ASE Major Project – Stereo Bounce
• MIDI Project Stereo Bounce, OPAE Radio Ad
• External projects completed during study
• Presentation of CD-R is assessed on: Track Info, Artist Info, Work-Group members, Clearly Printed Labelling on RMIT label template in Jewel Case.
• Due Week 16 of Semester 2

Grading criteria for this assessment can be found on the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CA Competent 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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