Course Title: Conduct interviews

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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 Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Barbara Gliddon
Phone: 9925 4072
Email: barbara.gliddon@rmit.edu.au

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

none

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

Element:

Conduct interviews

Performance Criteria:

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

Element:

Evaluate own Performance.

Performance Criteria:

18. Listen back to interviews and note areas for improvement
19. Seek feedback from relevant personnel on the quality and content of interviews
20. Refine interviewing techniques to accommodate own performance assessment and feedback from colleagues and listeners
 

Element:

Plan and prepare for interviews

Performance Criteria:

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


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.

WeekIntroduction to class content.

Assessment due

Elements
Week1Introduction to course. The purpose and style of the interview. 1
Week2Screening of interviews from previous productions. Compare and contrast various productions. 1
Week3Refining questions. (Done in class.) Possible legal aspects of interviewing. 1
Week4In depth interviewing. Rehearsing techniques in class time. Relationship with interviewee during the shoot. Communicating process, style and purpose of the intervw to interviewee. 1
Week5Links, voice - overs. and music. Agreement with interviewee/s. Scheduling one-to-one meetings with the teacher. 1
Week6Location scouting and preparing for production for interview. No face to face class this week.  You are required to select a location no  more than 10k from RMIT, photograph it, prepare your draft of interview questions and bring the photograph and questions and any other relevant material  to your one-to-one meeting with.the teacher which will be scheduled for next week or the week after. 1
Week7One half of the class to meet with teacher at scheduled time (see above) the other half of the class is preparing for the shoot for example, securing location permission, copyright, re-drafting questions, researching the interviewee’s subject matter. Formative 12
Week8One half of the class to meet with teacher at scheduled time (see week 5.) the other half of the class is preparing for the shoot for example, securing location permission, copyright, re-drafting questions, researching the interviewee’s subject matter. Formative 12
Week9Flexibility during the interview. Unplanned questions. Recovering from possible technical difficulties with minimum disruption. Staying on topic .Pre-production for the interview. Mise-en-scene 1, 2
Week10Shooting the interviews – location production (no face to face class) 1,2,2
Week11Shooting the interviews – location production (no face to face class)  1, 2, 3
Week12

Shooting the interviews – location production (no face to face class)

Depending on student numbers, resources and changed circumstances, productions may extend into week 14/15

 

 1, 2, 3
Week13

Individual screenings for the teacher with verbal feedback from the teacher. (this is usually done in chronolgical order from the first production to the last; individual times will be assigned and the interviews will be shown to the teacher either on student’s lap tops or in the computer lab.) This is a formative assessment task.

Formative 11, 2, 3
Week14Individual screenings for the teacher with verbal feedback from the teacher ( this is usually doen in chronolgical order from the first production to the last; individual times will be assigned and the interviews will be shown to the teacher eith on student’s lap tops or in the computer lab.) This is a formative assessment task.Formative 11,2,3
Week15Each student refines his or her own work in post production. 3
Week16 Delivery of completed interview to teacher for summative assessmnent .Summative 13


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class notes as delivered in class time. Various dvd of interviews as shown in class.


References

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 essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course.
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.

 

Interviews are to be conducted on location no more than 10k from the RMIT city campus. These will take place in weeks 10 - 13 approximately ; ( final student numbers, class sizes and facilities will determine production dates and times).

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT TASKS

1. Delivery (to the teacher) of a written set of questions for the interviewee and attendance at one-to-one meeting, at an agreed time,for a discussion and feedback.

This meeting should reveal the following:

1. A demonstred understanding of the production requirements for the interview including mise-en-scene.

2. A demonstrated understanding of the varieties of styles of interviews including the tone of the questions and their suitability to the topic and  the interviewee.

3. A demonstrated understanding of framing questions.

4. A demonstrated understanding of (eg) cultural, ethnic, age components of likely responses to questions and a willingness to work according to these differences

 
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT TASK 


 Conduct Interviews- a completed interview production shot on digital video.


For Conduct Interviews the content of each interview will be assessed against the formative assessment requirements and the completed production.

This will include evaluating if the content is aligned with the choice of style of interview, its production values including mise-en-scene, the interviewees response to the questions and evaluating its connection to its topic and suitabiity of editing and overall post-production.

 

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
 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required  to demonstrate competency in this unit:

. Effective interviewing and communication techniques.

.Understanding the consequences of breaching laws and regulations that apply to broadcasting.

.Ability to listen critically to what intervieweees say and to conduct unplanned lines of questioning with confidence.

.Interviews recorded overa period of time that demonstrate an ability to interview people on a range of topics.

.Collaborative approach to work.

Other Information

Attendance


The major learning experience involves class 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
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity
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Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement
 

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