Course Title: Develop simple musical pieces using electronic media

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6076C

Course Title: Develop simple musical pieces using electronic media

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4276 - Certificate IV in Sound Production

Course Contact : program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Tim Johnston
Phone: 03 9925 4325

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


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use electronic media to develop simple musical pieces.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSMCP303A Develop simple musical pieces using electronic media


1Prepare to develop music using electronic media

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss with appropriate personnel the ways in which digital equipment can be used to develop music
1.2 Use practice sessions to explore the features of software applications and computer-based technology used to develop music
1.3 Confirm purpose of musical pieces to be developed with appropriate personnel
1.4 Identify appropriate musical styles, elements and forms/structures to suit the purpose of the musical pieces
1.5 Identify the range of instruments and playing techniques to suit the style/mood of the musical pieces
1.6 Identify standard melody conventions to be used in the musical pieces


2Develop simple musical pieces

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use electronic media to organise musical elements into working versions of musical pieces
2.2 Ensure that musical input maintains style of music being created
2.3 Listen to work in progress with appropriate personnel and seek feedback on how well the musical pieces meet creative and technical requirements
2.4 Incorporate ideas and suggestions into final pieces
2.5 Use notation features of software to set down musical pieces as required
2.6 Apply copyright notice to the song/musical piece with the name of the songwriter and year of first publication
2.7 Present all musical pieces in required file format by agreed deadline


3Evaluate own musical works

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Compare work against previous musical pieces to assess development of techniques and ideas
3.2 Discuss strengths and weaknesses of musical works with appropriate personnel and identify strategies for improving own skills in developing music using electronic media3.6 Specify user interfaces of web environments

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will have skills and knowledge required to use electronic media to develop simple musical pieces.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities may include:
• lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
Out of class activities may include:
• online research
• 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.


WeekClass ContentOtherElements
Week 1Macintosh Protocols 1.1-1.6
Week 2Introduction to ProTools 1.1-1.6
Week 3Practical exercise ProTools 1.1-1.6
Week 4Practical test ProTools 1.1-1.6
Week 5Introduction to Logic 1.1-1.6
Week 6Practical exercise Logic 1.1-1.6
Week 7Practical test Logic 1.1-1.6
Week 8Macintosh Protocols test 1.1-1.2
 Week 1
 Course overview
Introduction to MIDI & MIDI protocol.
Discussion of Student set-ups
Overview of installed applications – Logic, Pro Tools, Reason
Practical - Logic
 Week 2
 Practical demonstration – Roland D70,Akai sampler, USB keyboard
MIDI: the language
Practical - Logic
 Week 3
 MIDI: the language
Structure - binary, decimal, hexadecimal
Reading and writing MIDI commands
Practical - Logic
 Week 4
 MIDI: the language
MIDI controllers & triggering devices
Channel messages, System messages
Practical Assessment - Logic
 Week 5
Composition Assignment
Practical - ProTools
 Week 6
 Composition Assignment
Practical - ProTools
 Week 7
 Composition Assignment
Practical - ProTools
 Week 8
 Composition Assignment
Practical Assessment - ProTools

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

resources and prescribed texts
"Modern Recording Techniques" (7th Edition), Huber and Runstein, Focal Press. 0240810694


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of the Library facilities.

Other Resources

External firewire/USB hard drive
1 pair of high quality headphones
(with 3.5mm to 6.5mm adapter)

Overview of Assessment

Course assessment tasks will include class based practical exercises and project work undertaken in the computer lab for submission.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered an 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.

Formative Assessment:

1. Practical test Pro Tools – Complete assigned software tasks. Week 4, Semester 1.
2. Practical test Logic – Complete assigned software tasks.
Week 7, Semester 1.
3. Practical test Macintosh - Complete assigned software tasks.
Week 8, Semester 1.
4. Midi theory test – Written test on theory aspects of Midi – Week 13, Semester 2

Summative Assessment:

5. Practical Assessment - Logic – Compose a short composition using Logic Pro 9. Due: Week 4, Semester 2
6. Practical Assessment - ProTools – Compose a short composition using ProTools 10. Due: Week 8, Semester 2

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to 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

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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