Course Title: Set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: EEET6846C

Course Title: Set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5231 - Diploma of Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Administration: Adam Lovell

Phone: (03) 9925 4976


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

No pre-requisites or co-requistes are required.

Course Description

In this course you will learn about the art and science behind lighting for live events and productions. You will learn about basic lighting and color theory on productions and the use of control equipment, programming and operating lighting consoles and effects.

This course is covered alongside ’Prepare, Install and Test Lighting Equipment’ EEET6847C

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFLGT402A Set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects


1 Connect and format control system for productions.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly connect dimmers to control desk/console through appropriate control protocols and check to ensure designer's control channel requirements can be achieved
1.2 Make correct connection to peripheral accessories and control devices , including display, storage and printing equipment
1.3 Check system for nature of soft patch inherited from previous production and check against default or production soft patch or patch according to enterprise requirements
1.4 Integrate geographic, grouping, scaling and use of peripheral accessories into the patching process
1.5 Check dimmers to ensure that they are receiving data and are operating correctly in relationship to required production parameters
1.6 Complete set-up tasks according to OHS requirements and test control systems for overall functionality
1.7 Establish, connect and test remote controls for relevant production personnel


2 Plot and operate advanced cue types.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Liaise with relevant production personnel to determine the nature of cue type required and use console appropriately to demonstrate capabilities
2.2 Make available the elements required for the cue type and correctly record
2.3 Demonstrate cue types to relevant production personnel in accordance with appropriate documentation and modify as required


3 Plot and operate effects. 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Liaise with relevant production personnel to discuss the types of effect required, and the capacity of the console to produce such effects
3.2 Correctly use the effects menu, providing demonstrations to colleagues as required
3.3 Correctly identify the steps needed to record a chosen effect and complete these in a logical sequence
3.4 Demonstrate effects to relevant production personnel, make appropriate modifications as required and rehearse with relevant items and personnel


4 Solve lighting problems during performance.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Correctly and promptly identify lighting problems
4.2 Use knowledge of control desk/console features and functions to develop solutions to problems without disruption to performance
4.3 Assess the scope of the problem and make decisions for action within scope of individual responsibility

Learning Outcomes

On succesful completion of this unit, you will be able to follow a brief to set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects for a live production. 

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• lectures
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• practical demonstrations

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
• online research
• independent project based work
• student directed group activities/projects

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 ContentOtherElements Covered
Week 1Focus: Course outline, introduction to the course guide, resources, assessment tasks and expectations.
Formative Assessment: Production lighting work (in class)
Includes: Lecture, group discussion, practical demonstrations and teacher directed group activities.
Week 2Focus: Production lighting theory and design
Formative Assessment: Production lighting work (in class)
Includes: Lecture, practical demonstrations and teacher directed group activities.
Week 3Focus: DMX theory and control systems
Formative Assessment: Production lighting work (in class)
Includes: Lecture, practical demonstrations and teacher directed group activities.
Week 4Focus; Moving light practical and competency overview.
Formative Assessment: Production lighting work (in class)
Includes: Lecture, practical demonstrations and teacher directed group activities.
Preparation for Theory Test1-4
Week 5Formative Assessment; Theory test. 1-4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

‘Practical Stage Lighting’ by Rex Bunn, Currency Press Sydney 1993
‘Stage Lighting Revised’ by Richard Pilbrow, Drama Book Publishers 1991
‘The Little Black Book of Lighting’ Three Arts Services, Hawthorn 1996
CX Magazine, Julius Media Publications,
Please refer to the relevant URL links, guides and references in the course Blackboard site and World Wide Web. You will be provided with relevant lighting equipment in a studio environment.


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of the University library facilities. All texts in RMIT Carlton Library having catalogue numbers commencing with 621.3893 are recommended non-essential reading and include the texts recommended above.

Other Resources

It is recommended that you bring specific materials to classes and productions, for example;
• a pair of riggers gloves, covered shoes (NO THONGS), 10” shifter, electrical tape, small torch and a multi tool
• a pen and notepaper
• a laptop computer with word and design type programs like visio and auto CAD, if you have access to one

Overview of Assessment

Critical aspects of assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit are:
Ability to use the full range of console features to set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects
Knowledge of lighting control terms and dimmer control protocols, including those related to advanced features
Effective communication and problem solving skills
Collaborative approach to work.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered an 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.

Formative Assessment
1. Production lighting work (in class). You are expected to set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects following OH&S standards and codes of behaviour during class time in a simulated environment. At least one lighting system must programmed/operated each week, from Weeks 1 to 4.
2. Theory test. This is an examination of your technical knowledge and you are expected to answer a range of multiple-choice, short and long answer questions related to the competency unit, class notes/discussions and the course material on blackboard. It is due to be completed in Week 5.

Summative Assessment
3. Production lighting work (out of class). In a professional (or similar) setting, you are expected to set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects following OH&S standards and codes of behaviour on a live production. To be completed by TAFE Week 17, Semester 2.

The details on these assessments and the grading criteria for this competency can be found on the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit 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

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;

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