Course Title: Conduct interviews

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: VART5928C

Course Title: Conduct interviews

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

Teacher: Ms Barbara Gliddon
Phone: 9925 4072

Nominal Hours: 30

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 performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, prepare and conduct interviews for broadcast.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFAIR401A Conduct interviews


Evaluate own Performance.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Establish an atmosphere that elicits the best possible response from interviewees.
2.2 Adopt an interview style that is appropriate for the topic, interviewee and target audience.
2.3 Introduce interviewees, follow prepared line of questioning and listen to answers to identify further questions that could be asked.
2.4 Conduct unplanned lines of questioning, if necessary, to enhance the quality and content of interviews.
2.5 Recover presentation errors and respond to equipment malfunction with minimum disruption to flow of interview.
2.6 If necessary, bring interviewees back to the topic being discussed.
2.7 If appropriate, provide a brief recap on the topic and interviewee for listeners who may not have heard the start of an interview.
2.8 Wrap up interviews in the given time and thank interviewees for their contribution.


Conduct interviews

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the main purpose of an interview and factors that may affect how the interview is
1.2 Become familiar with topics and interviewees by reading and making notes from a range of information sources.
1.3 Develop, and organise in a logical sequence, questions that elicit information relevant to the topic.
1.4 Refine questions by anticipating answers interviewees may give.
1.5 Seek expert advice on issues that could result in a breach of laws or regulations.
1.6 If necessary, develop confidence in the line of questioning by discussing issues with relevant personnel and rehearsing interviews.
1.7 Write short links to introduce topics and interviewees and to forward-promote interviews.
1.8 Where appropriate, obtain prior agreement from interviewees to broadcast interviews and give advance notice of key line of questioning.
1.9 If necessary, book facilities and equipment required to conduct interviews according to
enterprise procedures and production equirements.


Plan and prepare for interviews

Performance Criteria:


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to
plan, prepare and an conduct interviews for broadcast.

Details of Learning Activities

In-class activities:
• lectures
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• screenings
• class exercises
• analysis/critique of students’ work

Out-of-class activities:
• independent project based work
• writing and reading assignments
• online and other research
• independent study

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
Week1The role of the director and the purpose of the interview  1
Week2Screening of interviews . Role playing interviews 1
Week3Refining you questions. Legal aspects of interviewing. 1
Week4In depth interviewing. Rehearsing techniques 1
Week5Writing links ad/or voice- overs. Obtaining prior agreement with interviewee/s 1
Week6Location scouting and preparing for production for interview 1
Week7Establishing an atmosphere for the interview. Adopting a style appropriate for the interview and audience. 2
Week8Flexibility during the interview. Unplanned questions. Recovering from possible technical difficulties with minimum disruption. Staying on topic Assignment one due. 2
Week9Pre-production for the interview. Mise-en-scene  1, 2
Week10Re-caps on interviews. Wraping the interview. 2
Week11Shooting the interviews – location production Assignment 2 due  1, 2, 3
Week12Shooting the interviews – location production Assignment 2 due  1, 2, 3
Week13Listen back to interviews and note areas for improvement 3
Week14Feed back from relevant personnel 3
Week15Refine techniques. Assignment 3 due 3
Week16Perform own assessment  3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

Other Resources

See Blackboard for online resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises - written and practical and in a practical project.

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 the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

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

1. In class exercises showing:

  • understanding of the varieties of purposes of interviews.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the varieties of styles of interviews.
  • A demonstrated understanding of framing questions
  • A demonstrated understanding of (eg) cultural, ethnic, age components of likely responses to questions and a willingness to work according to these differences

2. Written profile of interview
3. Summary of the line of questioning

4. Conduct Interviews
Interviews are to be conducted on location at a time arranged with your teacher. (weeks 12 and 13 approx - final student numbers, class sizes and facilities will determin production dates and times). Assessment includes a self evaluation of your performance as a director. This is due in Week 16.

Your assignment will be assessed using the following grades:

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

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please refer to the course blackboard site for policy information including information on late submissions and plagiarism

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

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