Course Title: Maintain and apply music industry knowledge

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: PERF5049C

Course Title: Maintain and apply music industry knowledge

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5168 - Diploma of Music Industry (Technical Production)

Course Contact : John Phillips

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4268

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jill Shelton

Nominal Hours: 74

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 involves the following key elements
• An on the job industry placement. (40 hours)
• Building awareness of the main elements of the music industry.
• Maintaining knowledge of new & emerging technologies.
• Maintaining effective industry networks.
• Understanding key legislative & business requirements.
• Using the online community as networking and knowledge base.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSBGE17A Maintain and apply music industry knowledge


Maintain and apply knowledge of industry,
employment obligations and opportunities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Maintain and apply current knowledge of:
2.1.1 career opportunities and career paths in the industry
2.1.2 roles, responsibilities and employment rights of
contracted freelance practitioners in the industry
2.1.3 the roles and responsibilities and inter-relationships of
practitioners in a successful industry environment
2.1.4 unions and employer bodies
2.1.5 industrial relations issues including awards and
enterprise bargain agreements
2.2 Apply knowledge of industry employment obligations and
opportunities to own work and work relationships where


Maintain and apply knowledge of legislation affecting the

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Maintain information to assist effective work performance in the
music industry including:
3.1.1 specific OHS laws and regulations governing own work
or relevant to areas of responsibility
3.1.2 specific copyright, intellectual property, licensing and
royalty laws
3.1.3 specific regulations relating to the employment of
3.2 Apply knowledge of legislation to own work and where relevant
to the work of others


Maintain current knowledge of new technology

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Maintain knowledge to assist effective work performance within
the industry including:
4.1.1 advances in equipment or technology used in the
4.1.2 likely effects of new technology on work practices
4.1.3 upgrading skills to use new technology
4.2 Apply knowledge of technology to own work and where
relevant to the work of others


Maintain effective industry networks

Performance Criteria:

5.2 Maintain dialogue with groups and associations relevant to own
areas of work and professional interest to maintain and update
industry knowledge
5.3 Maintain dialogue strategically with relevant industry
practitioners to improve own work practices and professional
5.4 Identify relevant industry affiliations and strategic alliances to
continuously improve work outcomes in the industry


Maintain music industry knowledge

Performance Criteria:

1.2 Maintain and apply current knowledge of:
1.2.1 different industry sectors and their inter-relationships
1.2.2 major industry bodies and associations
1.2.3 relevant relationships with other industries
1.2.4 the revenue flow in the music industry
1.2.5 markets and distribution channels for music products
and services
1.2.6 local, regional, national and international music
1.2.7 other related industries
1.3 Use current industry publications for reference to industry
1.4 Participate strategically in industry events and associations to
maintain current industry knowledge, networks and contacts
1.5 Monitor current industry issues to inform own work practices
and planning and where relevant, contingency planning
1.6 Monitor current professional issues, trends and technological
developments to inform own work and decision making
1.7 Apply industry knowledge to enhance own work practices and
1.8 Share own industry knowledge appropriately

Learning Outcomes

not applicable

Details of Learning Activities

Learning for this course is achieved through:
1- Practical classroom discussion.
2- Industry placement
3- Project work competed by students throughout semesters 1 & 2.
4- Work undertaken outside school
5- Working with students from other areas

This will be achieved through class lecture sessions, and through carrying out the three main assessments (see assessment tasks).

Teaching Schedule

Formal class delivery will be delivered in semester 2.
There will be four meetings / classes during semester 1, that will focus on (A) the Recording Project, and (B) Industry Placement, for students beginning their industry placement before semester 2.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

See semester 2 guide.

Overview of Assessment

Students will engage in
A) Technology Studies
B) Co-Ordinating and carrying out designated professional recording projects
C) Industry placement of at least 40 hours with approved provider

Assessment Tasks

    Students will make a study of 2 particular comparable pieces of current audio or music related technology, and then make a presentation with their findings.

    Students will be arranged into small groups, and the groups will then be put in charge of designated recording and production projects for external clients. Production will involve all areas covering both technical and personnel matters. This will include co-ordinating performers & management, organising schedules and budgets, carrying out in house & location recordings, final mix-downs, mastering. Students will also be involved in promotion, artwork and production release.

    Students will undertake a 40 hours work placement with a music / audio industry provider that is mutually agreed on with their lecturer.

Assessment Matrix

Not Applicable

Other Information

As mentioned above, this course is primarily delivered in semester 2, but has four class meetings across semester 1 for students to plan and begin their assessments.

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