Course Title: Establish and manage production requirements and resources

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: BUSM6224C

Course Title: Establish and manage production requirements and resources

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5216 - Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Mr Janis Lesinskis
Phone:  9925 4982

Ms Roz Williams
Phone:  9925 4974

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

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to monitor and coordinate one or more of the technical production aspects of film and television production.

This is the designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for C5216 Diploma of Screen and Media. This course includes a WIL experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

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 requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1  Identify and agree on options for realisation and execution in consultation with the appropriate personnel

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 and 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 procedure in accordance with organisational policieis 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 requirments and multiskilling considerations

4.3  Liaise with colleagues and attend appropriate run-throughs ad/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 specifictions, budgetary constraints and timelines

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to establish production requirements, complete plans for realisation of production requirements, source and cost resources and manage the production.

Details of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of class workshops and on-location projects that will help equip you with the skills to successfully manage a film production to industry standard.

Activities will include:

In-class activities
guest lecturers
peer teaching and class presentations
group discussion
independent project based work
teacher directed group activities/projects
class exercises to review discussion/lectures
workshopping of students’ own projects

Out-of-class activities:
project work
independent study

Teaching Schedule

WEEK 1Defining production management.  Requirements, resources procedures1.1 - 1.4
2.1 - 2.2
WEEK 2Production management case study - screening + homework (responses to film)
2.3 - 2.4

Production management case study - go through responses to last week’s film


2.3 - 2.4
WEEK 4Location assessment and report2.4
3.1 - 3.5

Proposal, preparation & schedules for interview


3.1 - 3.5
WEEK 6Permits, applications, procedures and documents for interview1.1 - 1.4
2.1 - 2.4
3.1 - 3.5
4.1 - 4.4
WEEK 7Call sheets, documentary pre-production.
Location scout and report interview evaluation
3.1 - 3.5

Drama production crew roles


3.1 - 3.5
4.1 - 4.4
 WEEK 9Actors and releases, permission, agreements bookings, releases
Drama production breakdowns and documents
3.1 - 3.5
4.1 - 4.4

Drama production breakdowns and documents.
Schedule, budgeting


3.1 - 3.5
4.1 - 4.4
WEEK 11Drama production breakdowns and documents
Schedule, budgeting:  resources and estimates
3.1 - 3.5
4.1 - 4.4

Production - Shoot interviews



Production - Shoot interviews


WEEK 14Schedule and production budget based on industry rates2.4
3.1 - 3.5
4.1 - 4.4

Schedule and production budget based on industry rates


3.1 - 3.5
4.1 - 4.4

Review and analyse interview/doco shoots


1.1 - 1.4
2.1 - 2.4
3.1 - 3.5
4.1 - 4.4
WEEK 17Assessment and review2.4
3.1 - 3.5
4.1 - 4.4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA)

Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA)

Film Scheduling, by Singleton, Ralph S., pub. Lone Eagle, 1997

Film Resources

Making of the The Day After Tomorrow (2004), dir: Roland Emmerich

Documentaries about struggling film productions:
Making Venus (2002), dir. gary Doust
Lost in La Mancha (2002), dir. Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe

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

Other Resources

You will need access to the internet

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester.  Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in practical exercises, class workshops and practical group projects that will help equip you with the skills to successfully manage a film production, using industry procedures

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 more substantial summative assessment tasks.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfacotry standard.  

You will received feedback on all assessment

For further information on the grading system please refer to the course Blackboard site.

Assessment for this course is integrated with assessment for Interviews/Directing (CUFAIR401A) and full assignment briefs will be on the Blackboard site.

1.  Production Management Case Study
written list of productionproblems from film screen in week 3.  
Due date: Week 3

2.  Interview Proposal (Integrated assessment)
class presentation of interview proposal.                                        
Due date: Week 5

3.  Interview permissions, agreements bookings, releases, call sheets, documentary pre-production, location scut and evaluation (Integrated assessment) 
Due date: Week 8

4.  Breakdown sheets for a drama production
Due date:  Week 10

5.  Schedule and budget based on industry rates
Due date:   Week 15

6,  Process evaluation
class presentation and evaluation of interview
Due date:  Week 16


Due date:  Weeks 12 and 13

Your assignment will be assessed using the following grades

CHD      Competent with High Distinction
CDI        Competent with Distinction
CC         Competent with Credit
CAG       Competancy Achieved- Graded
DNS      Did Not Submit for Assessment

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

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

Ethics and your work:
In this course you are required to submit work which could be broadcast to a majority audience and would meet a rating of between G and MA (follow the links on The Office of Film and Literature Classification website - to inform yourself of criteria, and also meets RMIT’s Ethical Conduct requirments (follow the links on the RMIT website - and Australian law with regard to vilification.

It is each student’s responsibility to acquaint him/herself with these regulations before submitting work for assessment.

In line with this requirements the majority content of your film productions must be approved and signed off by your Production Supervisor (a Screen and Media teacher) one month ahead of the first day of photography.

You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work.  This feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects

Late Submissions
Please advise teacher in advance if an extension of time or special consideration is required for submission of work.  Refer to the course Blackboard site for policy information including information on late submissions.

rmit has a strict policy on plagiarism.  Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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.
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