Course Title: Direct television programs and segments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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:

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

This course will be delivered and assessed in conjunction with BSBWHS501A Ensure a safe workplace.
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
Week1Overview of the course, the studio and OH&S induction. 

CUFDRT401A - 1

BSBWHS501A - 1

Week2Production group formations.
ESW - OHS ACT, Codes of Practice
 CUFDRT401A - 1

BSBWHS501A - 1



Autocue Operation and practice.
Preparation for Assessment 1 OHS Reps and Committees
ESW Formative assessment 1 handout

 CUFDRT401A - 1

BSBWHS501A - 1


Week4Assessment 1 Tapings - Newsbreak Segment.
Group 1, 2
Formative Assessment 1 - Session1 DueCUFDRT401A - 1,2,3,4


BSBWHS501A - 1,2,3


Week5Assessment 1 Tapings - Newsbreak Segment
Group 3, 4,
ESW Assessment 1 due

Formative Assessment 1 - Session2 Due

ESW Formative Assessment 1 Due

CUFDRT401A - 1,2,3,4

BSBWHS501A - 1,2,3



Review of Assessment 1 programs
Prep for Assessment 2
ESW Assessment 1 reviewESW Risk Assessments

 CUFDRT401A - 1,2,4

BSBWHS501A - 1


Week7Assessment 2 Tapings. Studio Interview Segment
Session 1
Formative Assessment 2 - Session 1 DueCUFDRT401A - 1,2,3,4

BSBWHS501A - 1,2,3

Week8Assessment 2 Tapings. Studio Interview Segment
Session 2
Formative Assessment 2 - Session2 DueCUFDRT401A - 1,2,3,4

BSBWHS501A - 1,2,3


Week9Review Assessment 2.
Studio Practice for assessment 3
ESW Formative Assessment 2 handout
 CUFDRT401A - 1,2,4

BSBWHS501A - 1


Week10Assessment 3 Tapings – Music Clip
Session 1
Formative Assessment 3 - Session 1 DueCUFDRT401A - 1,2,3,4

BSBWHS501A - 1,2,3



Assessment 3 Tapings – Music Clip
Session 2

ESW Summative Assessment due

Formative Assessment 3 - Session 2 Due

ESW Formative Assessment 2 Due

CUFDRT401A - 1,2,3,4

BSBWHS501A - 1,2,3


Week12Review of assessment 3 productions
Assessment 4 details
Group planning sessions.
ESW Summative Assessment handout
 CUFDRT401A - 1,2,3,4

BSBWHS501A - 1,2,3


Week13Technical rehearsal for Assessment 4 productions
Inserting pre recorded clips
 CUFDRT401A - 1,2,4

BSBWHS501A - 1



Assessment 4 Session 1 – Television Show
Self Evaluations

ESW Summative Assessment - Session 1 Due

Summative Assessment - Session 1 Due

ESW Summative Assessment - Session 1 Due

CUFDRT401A - 1,2,3,4

BSBWHS501A - 1,2,3,4


Week15Assessment 4 Session 2 – Television Show
Self Evaluations

ESW Summative Assessment - Session 2 Due

Summative Assessment - Session 2 Due

ESW Summative Assessment - Session 2 Due

CUFDRT401A - 1,2,3,4

BSBWHS501A - 1,2,3

Week16Assessment 4 Session 3 – Television Show
Self Evaluations

ESW Summative Assessment - Session 3 Due

Summative Assessment - Session 3 Due

ESW Summative Assessment - Session 3 Due

CUFDRT401A - 1,2,3,4

BSBWHS501A - 1,2,3,4



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Video Production Handbook, Millerson, G & Owens, J Fifth Edition, Focal Press. 2011.

Lighting for Digital Video and Television. Jackman, J Focal Press. 2010.

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

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

You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course.

This course will be delivered and assessed in conjunction with BSBOHS509A Ensure a safe workplace.

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.

1. Presentation to camera segment - Due weeks 4 and 5 of Semester 1
2. Conduct studio based interview segment - Due weeks 7 and 8 of Semester 1
3. Produce a performance segment - Due weeks 10 and 11 of Semester 1

4. Production of a studio based television program - Due weeks 14, 15 and 16 of Semester 1

Grades used in this course as follows:

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 Assessmen

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) by the required due dates.

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
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.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy;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;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;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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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