Course Title: Operate professional audio equipment
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2012
Course Code: VART6071C
Course Title: Operate professional audio equipment
School: 345T Media and Communication
Campus: City Campus
Program: C4276 - Certificate IV in Sound Production
Course Contact : Program Administration
Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4976
Course Contact Email:email@example.com
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Teacher: Michael Pollard
Phone: 9925 4325
Nominal Hours: 100
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
Students will learn the skills and knowledge to operate a audio mixing equipment, including, major outboard sound processing equipment, software and develop basic skills to monitor sound quality and develop creative and technical judgements.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
CUESOU03C Operate professional audio equipment
Complete post-performance procedures
1.1 Liaise with relevant personnel and accurately interpret documentation to determine audio requirements
Operate audio equipment
2.1 Power up equipment at the appropriate time and check to ensure correct functioning
Participate in technical or creative run-through
3.1 Execute all audio cues in accordance with the running sheet, directions from colleagues and performance requirements
Prepare for audio operation
4. 1 Safely power down equipment at the appropriate time in accordance with manufacturer instructions and organisational procedures
You learn the theoretical and practical operation of audio production equipment
Details of Learning Activities
In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• Class lectures
• Group activities
• Hands-on activities in small groups
Out of class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• Online research and reporting
• Reading of provided notes/excerpts of industry publications
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.
|Week||Class content||Assessment Due dates||Elements|
|Week1||Intro, overview, toolkit, resources||Element 4|
|Week2||Console Designs||Element 2|
|Week3||Console Features||Element 2|
|Week4||Console Features||Element 2|
|Week5||Console Signal Flow||Element 2 and 4|
|Week6||Console Signal Flow||Signal Flow Assessment||Element 2 and 4|
|Week7||Audio Patch bays||Element 2|
|Week8||Analogue Tape/Machines Overview||Element 2,3 and 4|
|Week10||EQ - Indivual Prac Assessments - refer to studio booking schedule for confirmation of individuals times/ dates||Element 2|
|Week11||Dynamic Processing - Indivual Prac Assessments - refer to studio booking schedule for confirmation of individuals times/ dates||Element 2 and 3|
|Week12||Dynamic Processing - Indivual Prac Assessments - refer to studio booking schedule for confirmation of individuals times/ dates||Element 2 and 3|
|Week13||FX Processing - Indivual Prac Assessments - refer to studio booking schedule for confirmation of individuals times/ dates||Element 2 and 3|
|Week14||FX Processing - Indivual Prac Assessments - refer to studio booking schedule for confirmation of individuals times/ dates||Element 2 and 3|
|Week15||Summary Class - Indivual Prac Assessments - refer to studio booking schedule for confirmation of individuals times/ dates ||Element 1,2,3 and 4|
|Week16||Assessment - Written Test key theoretical concepts||
Summative Task - In class test
Formative task due - Radio Advert
SEM 2 Week 1-10
|Further assessment is held in studio sessions in Semester 2 – Studio 1 - refer to studio booking schedule for confirmation of individuals times/ dates||
Preproduction planning assessment as per studio booking schedule
|Element 1, 2 and 4|
You will be supplied course notes that will form the basis of the written assessment and act as a central information point.
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of the University library facilities.
Webinars, Web, in-class videos, in studio examples.
Overview of Assessment
Assessment tasks include in-studio practical session completion and written assessment.
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.
1. Semester 1 - SIgnal Flow
Complete in-class assessment of In-Line Console Signal Flow
2. Semester 1 practical session in studio 1
- Written plan for session (as per Pro Forma Session Plan)
- Direct artist within session
- Monitor required levels and adjust for tone
- Set-up and operate key equipment (Mics, Desk, Pro Tools)
- Due Semester 1, week 15
3. Radio Advert
- submit broadcast standard advertisement
- record voice-over and mix with suitable sound fx and music
- add complimentary processing including compression & EQ
- submit on CD-R as Production Master with detailed labelling
- Due Semester 1, week 16
4a. Written test held Semester 1, week 15.
- you will be assessed on key theoretical knowledge
4b. Written completion of Studio Session Plan (as per Pro Forma Session Plan) - to be checked in initial tracking session with Studio Supervisor.
4c. Semester 2 practical sessions in studio 1
- Follow written session plan (as per Pro Forma Session Plan)
- Power up required equipment
- Communicate with artist and offer direction
- Respond to needs and changes in session
- Operate key outboard processing equipment and Pre amps
- Due Semester 2, week 15
The details on these assessments and the grading criteria for this competency 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
CAG Competency Achieved-Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment
The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are
available through the course contact in Program administration
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:
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