Course Title: Install or upgrade broadcast equipment and facilities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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 Email:mctafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Rowan Humphrey
Phone: (03) 99254842
Email: rowan.humphrey@rmit.edu.au

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

Element:

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.

Element:

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.
 

Element:

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.

Element:

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, SPAVIS 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 2Week 2

Week            
Class ContentElements                       
 Week 1 Install ENG Introduction to small crew ENG style installations. Maintain Battery Supply. Analyze the ‘News’ project, The ‘Location Interview’ brief and also discuss second semester conceptsElement 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3,  1.5
 Week 2Install ENG Install a media exchange facilityElement 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3

 

 Week 3 Install ENG Install a vision and audio monitor rack. OB rack.Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3

 Week 4

Install, Shoot & Edit ENG Formative Assessment #1
Carry out crew roles of camera, sound and direction in ‘News rounds’.

Participate in:
• Collection of lighting, audio and camera gear from Store A.
• Installation of gear in class and on location & Pack up of gear and safe return to Store A as required.

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Element 4
4.1, 4.4, 4.5

 Week 5 ENG ‘News’ exercise field rotations Channel 2 NewsElement 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Element 4
4.1, 4.4, 4.5

 Week 6 ENG ‘News’ exercise field rotations Channel 3 NewsElement 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Element 4
4.1, 4.4, 4.5

 Week 7 ENG ‘News’ exercise field rotations Channel 4 NewsElement 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Element 4
4.1, 4.4, 4.5

 Week 8 Uninstall Media ExchangeElement 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6
 Week 9Install OB 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)Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8
 Week 10Install OB Routing and Patching, Up conversion and Down conversion, Signal Testing/ Upgrading and programming, Manuals Build the system version twoElement 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 , 1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 2.9, 2.10

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

 Week 11Install OB Formative assess # 3
Work in teams to build an integrated system Individual signal trace test of Power/audio/video/control/comms
1. Performance of practical demonstrations of setting up the flyaway three camera HD rack into the studio at 94-2-27 or other venues as part of a production team.
Answer oral questions at various stages to demonstrate understanding of underpinning knowledge.
Install OB Summative assess # 4
Conduct a ‘live’ install as part of a team to upgrade transmission from SD to HD with minimal disruption to signal.

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 , 1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 2

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 2.9, 2.10

Element 3

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6

 Week 12Install OB Formative assess # 3. & Install OB Summative assess # 4
 

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 , 1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 2

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 2.9, 2.10

Element 3

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6

 Week 13Install EFP. Deal with Location issues for single camera drama productionElement 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8
 Week 14Install EFP. Production meeting “Script breakdown”/ Location and Cast scouting. Installing lighting and field monitoring/meteringElement 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8

 Week 15Install EFP. Production meeting “Scheduling”/ Call sheets/Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8
 Week 16Install EFP. Summative assessment # 5 [can also be assessed at Open day, SPAVIS & Kaleide events]

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 , 1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 2

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 2.9, 2.10

Element 3

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6

 Week 17 Install EFP. Shooting

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 , 1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 2

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 2.9, 2.10

Element 3

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6

 Week 18 Install EFP. Shooting

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 , 1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 2

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 2.9, 2.10

Element 3

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6

 Week 19 Install EFP. Shooting

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 , 1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 2

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 2.9, 2.10

Element 3

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6

 Week 20 Install EFP. Shooting

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 , 1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 2

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 2.9, 2.10

Element 3

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


References

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

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 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
•Demonstrate the ability to install and/or upgrade one of a selection of pieces of broadcast equipment for ENG ‘News rounds. Due in weeks 4 to 7.
•Set up the flyaway rack and cameras as part of a team. Due week 11/12


Summative Assessment
•Conduct a ‘live’ install as part of a team to upgrade transmission from SD to HD with minimal disruption to signal. Due week 11 or 12 during semester 1.
•Carry out part of the installation of one or more of the broadcast rigs established for EFP Shoots, The School Awards Night (May), Open day (August), ‘SPAVIS’ and/or ‘Kaleide’ (July-October). 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:

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

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.

Attendance
The major learning experience involves theory and practical training and assessment sessions, including individual and group practical exercises. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to achieve competency in this unit.
 

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

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

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


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


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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