Course Title: Specify sound systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: VART5745C

Course Title: Specify sound systems

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5198 - Diploma of Creative Industries

Course Contact : program Administration - Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4976

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Steven Ward
Phone:    03 9925 4345

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

The purpose of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to interpret production requirements, research and identify sound equipment components, determine the set up of sound systems, prepare sound plans and direct implementation to fulfill the requirements for sound production.

After satisfactory completion of this course you will be able to:
• Interpret production requirements
• Research and identify sound equipment components
• Prepare sound plans and production documents
• Direct the requirements for sound productions
• Use the features of digital signal processors
• Understand the requirements of an integrated sound system

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU23A Specify sound systems


Produce sound plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Produce sound plan in accordance with production requirements

2.2 Ensure that microphone plots, sound sources, block diagrams and layout are drawn and notated as required

2.3 Ensure that a comprehensive equipment list is prepared


establish brief for sound system

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Liaise with the appropriate personnel to ascertain the requirements of the project

1.2 Undertake necessary research to determine options to best meet production requirements

1.3 Identify available budget and other resources in determining the scope of the production

1.4 Ensure that a comprehensive equipment list is prepared
Element: liase with others to implement sound plan


liase with others to implement sound plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure that all parties meet their obligations, adhere to quality standards and work within project requirements

3.2 Monitor all work to ensure that it is completed to specifications and any changes required are negotiated, agreed with the appropriate personnel and implemented

3.3 Ensure that system is tuned to achieve desired result

3.4 Ensure that operation is plotted, tested and revised to meet performance requirements

3.5 Ensure that appropriate documentation is prepared and maintained as required

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you wil be able to make informed decisions regarding the production requirements for both temporary and permanent sound system installations

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:

practical exercises
reading set texts

You will be responsible for your lerning and will be expected to engage in independent research, reading and study.

Teaching Schedule


Introduction and Installation Overview

Interpreting a Brief

Clients and the tender process

1.1 - 1.4

Digital Audio and sampling

Digital Audio Protocols, DSP control

Software Interfaces, Ethersound

1.1 - 1.4
2.1 - 2.3
3.1 - 3.5

Acoustic Modelling Softwre

Technical Drawings and Design

Acoustic analysis, control and legislation

1.1 - 1.4
2.1 - 2.3
3.1 - 3.5

Acoustic Modelling Software

Technical Drawings and Design

Acoustic analysis, control and legislation

1.1 - 1.4
2.1 - 2.3
3.1 - 3.5

Electrical Safety,

Rigging requirements, OH&S

The installation process

1.1 - 1.4
2.1 - 2.3
3.1 - 3.5
6 Time for Group Collaboration and consultation 1.1 - 1.4
2.1 - 2.3
3.1 - 3.5
7 Rehearsal and preparation for presentation 1.1 - 1.4
2.1 - 2.3
3.1 - 3.5
2.1 - 2.3
3.1 - 3.5
2.1 - 2.3
3.1 - 3.5
2.1 - 2.3
3.1 - 3.5

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

"The Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook" 3rd Edition, Davis & Jones, Hal Leonard Publishing

'Rane Pro Audio Reference Handbook', Rane Corporation


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

Other Resources

Refer Second Year Book and Materials List

Overview of Assessment

Learning activities will consist of :
   practical exercises
   reading set texts.

A series of practical task relating to live mixing and location recording at a commercial venue and the production of a resulting DVD.


You will be responsible for your learning and will  be expected to engage in independent research, reading and study. 

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency iun this course you wil need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.  you will receive feedback on all assessment.

You will be assessed using the following methods:

1.  Technical Operation, due TBA (20%)
This task requires evidence of skills and knowledge relating to sufficiently operating  a sound system.

2.  Multimedia presentation, due weeks 8 - 10 (30%)
This task is a formal presentation of a sound system design to a group of peers.

3.  Sound System, Plan and Design, due week 10 (50%)
This is an assessment of the learner’s ability to prepare the documents required for the design, preparation and installation of an advanced sound system

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:

80 - 100%        HD        High Distinction
70 - 79%          DI          Distinction
60 - 69%          CR        Credit
50 - 59%          CA        Pass
Under 50%      NN       Fail

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

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:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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