Course Title: Establish and manage production requirements and resources

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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


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

Feb 11 - 13

Defining production management. 
Proposal, preparation & schedules for interview

  1.1 - 1.4
2.3 - 2.4
Feb 18 - 20
Proposal, preparation & schedules for interview 
Permits, applications, procedures and documents for interview 
2.3 - 2.4
3.1 - 3.5
Feb 25 - 27
Call sheets, documentary pre-production.
Location scout and report interview evaluation
2.3 - 2.4 
3.1 - 3.5

Mar 4 - 6
Assignment 1 class presentations ASSIGNMENT 1:
Presentation to class/hand in hard copy to teacher
2.3 - 2.4
3.1 - 3.5

Mar 11 Pub
Hol, 12,13

Permits, applications, procedures and documents for interview

1.1 - 1.4
2.1 - 2.4
3.1 - 3.5
4.1 - 4.4
Mar 18 - 20
Drama production management case study - screening & analysis of what not to do ASSIGNMENT 2:
Interview pre-production paperwork
3.1 - 3.5 
4.1 - 4.4
Mar 25 - 27
Drama production crew roles
Drama production breakdowns & documents
Actors & releases
3.1 - 3.5 
4.1 - 4.4
Mar 29 - April 5 EASTER BREAK
Apr 8 - 10
Drama production breakdowns & documents
Schedule, budgeting: resources and estimates
Breakdown sheets - in-class assignment
3.1 - 3.5
4.1 - 4.4
Apr 15 - 17
 Drama production breakdowns and documents
Schedule, budgeting: resources and estimates
Shooting schedule & budget - in-class assignment
3.1 - 3.5
4.1 - 4.4

Apr 22 - 24

Production - shoot interviews

Shoot interviews

Apr 29, 30
May 1

Production - Shoot interviews

Shoot interviews

May 6 - 8
Production - Shoot interviews 
Shoot interviews
May 13 - 15

 Production - Shoot interviews

Shoot interviews
May 20 - 22
Drama production breakdowns and documents
Call sheets: resources and estimates
Drama call sheets - in-class assignment
3.1 - 3.5
4.1 - 4.4
May 27 - 29
Review & analyse interview doco filming process ASSIGNMENT: 6
Presentation to class
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.  Interview Proposal (Integrated assessment with above Screen & Media course)
Class presentation of interview proposal.  This should include
- name of interviewee and backup interviewee
- topic of interview
- brief synopsis
- intended location
- intended audience
- what preproduction needs to be organised for the shoot.
Hard copy of presentation to be handed at end of presentation to teacher.                                      
Due date: Week 4 (March 4 - 6)

2.  Interview preproduction paperwork (Integrated assessment with above Screen & Media course)
should include the following:
- Interviewee release form/permit
- Location scout & evaluation
- Location permit/s - all filming to take place within 10KMS maximum of RMIT City Campus
- Call sheets
Due date: Week 6 (March 18 - 20)

3.  Breakdown sheets for a drama production
In-class assignment - creating breakdown sheets for short drama
Due date:  Week 8 (April 8 - 10)

4.  Drama shooting schedule and budget, based on industry rates
In-class assignment - creating shooting schedule from breakdown sheets, and budget from the schedule
Due date:   Week 9 (April 15 - 17)

5. Drama call sheets from shooting schedule
In-class assignment - creating call sheets from schedule
Due date:  Wk 14 (May 20 - 22)

6.  Process evaluation (Integrated assessment with above Screen & Media course)
Class presentation evaluation of the interview production process
Due date:  Week 15 (May 27 - 29) 


Due date:  Weeks 10  to 13 (April 8 to May 17)

All formative assignments and the summative assessment must be completed in order to receive a grade.

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
NYC      Not Yet Competent
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.

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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