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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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 Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rebekha Naim
+61 3 9925 4849
rebekha.naim@rmit.edu.au

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

Element:

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

Element:

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

Element:

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

Element:

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.

Week          Class ContentElements Covered                                          
Week 1Focus: Course outline, introduction to the course guide, resources, assessment tasks and expectations.
Includes: Lecture, group discussion, practical demonstrations and teacher directed group activities.
Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Week 2-3Focus: Production lighting theory and design
Formative Assessment: Production lighting work (in class)
Includes: Lecture, practical demonstrations and teacher directed group activities.
Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3
 

Week 4-5

Focus: DMX theory and control systems
Formative Assessment: Production lighting work (in class)
Includes: Lecture, practical demonstrations and teacher directed group activities.

Preparation for Theory Test

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

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3
 

Week 6-7

Focus; Moving light practical work
Formative Assessment: Production lighting work (in class)
Includes: Lecture, practical demonstrations and teacher directed group activities.

Formative Assessment: Online Theory Test at home/in own time

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

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3
 

Week 8Focus; Competency overview
Includes: Individual feedback session
Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3


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, www.juliusmedia.com
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.


References

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 like a Leatherman or Gerber
• 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

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 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 each week, from Weeks 2 to 7.
2. Theory test (out of clas).
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 online in week 7.

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.

Aim:
The aim of this assessment is for you to demonstrate your ability to set-up, record and operate lighting cues and effects on a production or event. Please refer to the Commonwealth Training Unit for Production Lighting in Blackboard (online) to ensure you cover the elements and performance criteria related to this unit.

Brief:
You will be working in a professional environment and given a running sheet, scenes to program and cues which to follow in a live event or production.
You will be required to set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects according to the lighting plan provided by the venue or your teacher.
You are required to clarify the lighting requirements with relevant personnel, prepare the lighting plot and program the lighting cues and effects according to the relevant personnel as required within the production time constraints.

All your work must demonstrate;
•The application of a range of technical lighting knowledge and manual techniques to the installation of lighting control equipment so that the lighting plot meets production and safety requirements
•Application of safe working practices when using lighting control equipment
•Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment
•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 Criteria: A checklist of skills (assessment rubric) will be used to grade you individually, available on the day for your perusal. Fair and reasonable practical participation is expected.

You must demonstrate that you have a good practical understanding of the elements involved in EEET, 6846C, Set up, Record and Operate, Lighting Cues and Effects CUFLGT402A.

Grading: This assignment is a summative assessment and attributes to the grade applied to this unit. Please refer to the learning resources in Learning Hub online for specific Audiovisual Diploma assessment requirements. Progress on this assessment may be monitored on a regular basis.

The production dates for this assessment will be announced over the course of the year. You can also work on your own events.

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

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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