Course Title: Install or upgrade broadcast equipment and facilities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: EEET6845C

Course Title: Install or upgrade broadcast equipment and facilities

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5231 - Diploma of Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Rowan Humphrey
Phone: (03) 99254842

Nominal Hours: 100

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

No pre-requisites or co-requistes are required.

Course Description

This unit covers the installation or upgrading of equipment in television studios. The scope varies from installing or upgrading a single piece of equipment to installation of a whole studio or facility.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFBRT401A Install or upgrade broadcast equipment and facilities


1 Prepare for installation. 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 In consultation with relevant personnel, confirm installation requirements with reference to system drawings and specifications.
1.2 Seek out additional information where there are gaps or deficiencies in specifications.
1.3 Report problems with specifications in accordance with enterprise procedures.
1.4 Identify the requirements and impact of existing equipment and new equipment to be installed.
1.5 Power up and run performance tests to systems prior to installation.
1.6 Test cabling and ensure it is working to required specifications and for required capacity.
1.7 Test transmission for signal quality.
1.8 Check tools and equipment to ensure they are in safe working order and adjusted to manufacturer specifications.


2 Install or upgrade equipment.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Install equipment in accordance with specifications and timelines, and in a manner that is safe for the installer and the user.
2.2 Place, secure and terminate a range of cables, as required, ensuring cable support is sufficient.
2.3 Organise and monitor cabling and equipment to ensure compliance with regulatory and industry standards.
2.4 Ensure that interruption to existing service is only to the extent agreed with the customer/client.
2.5 Connect equipment into the broadcast system using the appropriate type of connection and connectors.
2.6 Accurately test the system performance and ensure valid results.
2.7 Check that equipment is operational and make adjustments to equipment.
2.8 Report instances of equipment non-compliance or malfunction in accordance with enterprise procedures.
2.9 Check and update technical drawings and other documentation requiring change.
2.10 Identify certification requirements to ensure tests and recording of results are relevant.


3 Program system features.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Install the program in accordance with system specifications.
3.2 Ensure system functionality matches customer/client requirements.
3.3 Save program data and record for later use.
3.4 Leave job specifications on site in a secure but accessible location.
Element: 4 Clean up worksite.


4 Clean up worksite.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Clean and adjust tools and equipment and store in a secure but accessible location.
4.2 Remove installation waste and debris from worksite and dispose of in accordance with environmental requirements.
4.3 Recover obsolete equipment and return to appropriate point for refurbishment or disposal
4.4 Complete work in a safe manner.
4.5 Restore changes made to work area during installation to the customer’s satisfaction.
4.6 Return system drawings and specifications to the approved location on completion of work.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to install or upgrade facilities and/or equipment in broadcast environments including fixed and flyaway situations. Within the context of a three camera studio and a portable or flyaway OB (outside broadcast) rig you will learn to identify the components of the system, how they are interconnected, set them up for operation in a variety of situations and use test equipment to monitor the correct operation and transmission of the various signals. Students are expected to bring the capabilities developed in Vision mix Television productions and Operate Vision Systems as well as Team work and OH & S from the Certificate IV in Audiovisual Technology.
Students will develop complementary capabilities in the Units Shoot a wide range of television productions and Develop vision systems installation plans.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include a range of
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• independent project based work
• online research
• group discussion
Out-of-class activities include completion of individual design and pre-production work, preparation for class presentations and location excursions.
The scheduled classes are followed by a series of productions on and off campus which include School of Media & Communication awards night in May, Open Day in August, MAVIS collaboration with Sound Production program in June or September and ‘Splendour’ production (date TBA)

Teaching Schedule


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.


Week Class Content Elements
1 Scope of installations/ System Diagrams
Racks and connections/ Hardware and cabling
Analogue /Digital SD/HD formats
Build the system version one Teacher led (Install Plan Doc)
1. Prepare for installation.
2 Routing and Patching
Up conversion and Down conversion
Signal Testing/ Upgrading and programming
Build the system version two
2. Install or upgrade equipment.
3.Program system features.
3 Work in teams to build an integrated system
Individual signal trace test of Power/audio/video/control/comms
4.Clean up worksite.
4 Work in teams to build an integrated system
Individual signal trace test of Power/audio/video/control/comms
4.Clean up worksite.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Mollison, M., 2010, Producing Videos, ‘A Complete Guide’ 3rd Ed, Allen and Unwin, Sydney


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

Other Resources

It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;
• a pen and notepaper
• a laptop computer

Overview of Assessment

Following flow diagrams and manuals install a piece of equipment into the broadcast system and as part of a team undertake an installation and upgrade while maintaining transmission.

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 assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessment.

You will be assessed using the following methods:

Formative Assessment
1.    Set up the flyaway rack and cameras as part of a team. Due week 3/4
2.    Demonstrate the ability to install and/or upgrade one of a selection of pieces of broadcast equipment. Due between May & September 19 2013.

Summative Assessment
3.    Conduct a ‘live’ install as part of a team to upgrade transmission from SD to HD with minimal disruption to signal. Due week 3 or 4 during semester 1.
4.    Contribute to the installation of one or more of the broadcast rigs established for The School Awards Night ( May), Openday ( August), ‘MAVIS’ and/or ‘Kaleide’ (July-September). Assessment to be conducted on the dates of these events, some of which will be advised via Blackboard as they are scheduled.

For further details on the assessments and information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this course are as follows:

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

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.

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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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