Course Title: Direct television programs and segments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5929C

Course Title: Direct television programs and segments

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: Mr Mark Langley
Phone: 99254355

Nominal Hours: 40

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

In this course you look at the skills and knowledge required to direct television programs and segments in a multi camera studio environment.
You also familiarize yourself with the general skills required by other production crew roles in TV studio production. You work collaboratively within a production team in order to meet deadlines.

Direct television programs and segments CUFDRT401A will be delivered in conjunction with Ensure a safe workplace BSBOHS509A  but will be assessed separately.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDRT401A Direct television programs and segments


1 Undertake pre-production

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Determine program format, location and requirements in consultation with relevant personnel.
1.2 Determine optimal approach to achieve creative and technical aspects of programs and program segments.
1.3 Devise camera coverage in consultation with relevant personnel and within own level of responsibility.
1.4 Ensure that all program elements are listed on running sheets in line with enterprise procedures.
1.5 Brief contributors and talent according to enterprise procedures.
1.6 Where appropriate, conduct rehearsals with talent and technical personnel to achieve required style and adjust approach to directing as required.
1.7 Ensure that production documentation is distributed in a timely fashion


2 Direct program segments

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Oversee camera and sound check and rehearsal of shots.
2.2 Provide final briefings to talent and crew and respond to queries as required.
2.3 Direct talent and crew to achieve required style and in a way that minimises the need for editing.
2.4 Review recorded segments to determine if they meet


3 Direct programs

Performance Criteria:

3.2 Provide final briefings to talent and crew and respond to queries as required.
3.3 Check that two-way communication equipment is functioning.
3.4 Direct cameras and operations to achieve required style.
3.5 Direct live switches as required.
3.6 If directing live programs, be prepared to make decisions on the fly in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
3.7 Monitor pace and flow of programs and take action to bring them back on track


4 Review programs.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Debrief with relevant personnel about how well programs achieved creative and technical goals.
4.2 Incorporate suggestions for improvement into future programs.
4.3 Finalise requisite documentation and ensure required copies of programs are kept in accordance with legislative and enterprise procedures.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this competency, you will be familiar with what is involved in directing a segment of a TV program.

Details of Learning Activities

In-class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• teacher directed activities
• demonstration and application of practical tasks undertaken in a television studio.
• group discussion
• Site visits and guest speakers depending on availability.

Out-of-class activities include, but are not limited to,
• independent study
• project work

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 contentAssessment DueElements
Week1ntroduction to course and content   1,2,3,
Week2Studio and skills training  1,2,3,
Week3Key roles practice session  1,2,3,
Week4Formative Assessment 1 - session 1 Yes 1,2,3,4
Week5Formative Assessment 1 - session 2 Yes 1,2,3,4
Week6New topic and skills training  1,2,3,4
Week7Key roles practice.  1,2,3,
Week8Formative Assessment 2 - session 1 Yes 1,2,3,4
Week9Formative Assessment 2 - session 2 Yes 1,2,3,4
Week10Formative Assessment 3 - session 1 Yes 1,2,3,4
Week11Formative Assessment 3 - session 2 Yes 1,2,3,4
Week12New skills training for assessment 4  1,2,3,4
Week13New skills training for assessment 4  1,2,3,4
Week14Prep for assessment 4  1,2,3,
Week15Summative Assessment 4 - shoot session 1 Yes 1,2,3,4
Week16Summative Assessment 4 - shoot session 1 Yes 1,2,3,4
Week17 Assessment Week   

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Class handouts will be provided

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and course content is assessed through written assignments and participation in practical exercises.

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. Presentation to camera segment
2. Conduct studio based interview segment
3. Produce a performance segment
4. Production of a studio based television program

Grades used in this course as follows:

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

NYC  Not Yet Competent

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates 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 requirements (follow the links on the RMIT website- and Australian law with regard to vilification.
It is your responsibility to acquaint yourself with these regulations before submitting work for assessment.
In line with this requirement 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.

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;

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

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