Course Title: Prepare, install and test lighting equipment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: EEET6847C

Course Title: Prepare, install and test lighting equipment

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5231 - Diploma of Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration - Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4976

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Rebekha Naim
Phone: 03 9925 4345

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 prepare, install, test and monitor basic analogue and digital lighting systems including the use of production lights, cabling, rigging and control equipment.

This course is covered alongside " Setup, record and operate lighting cues and affects" EEET6846C.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFLGT301A Prepare, install and test lighting equipment


1. Clarify lighting requirements for productions

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm overall lighting requirements with reference to lighting documentation and in consultation with relevant production personnel
1.2 Calculate power requirements and identify and confirm that power sources and locations meet production requirements
1.3 Correctly identify patching, colour and focus requirements
1.4 Identify the need for additional equipment or materials and organise timely acquisition according to enterprise procedures


2. Prepare lighting equipment for installation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use test equipment to identify faults and to ensure lighting equipment is safe and operational 2.2 Refer complex repairs to technical specialists according to enterprise procedures
2.3 Prepare and assemble colour, equipment and accessories in readiness for installation and or transportation when required
2.4 Pre-rig lighting equipment as required according to safety and licensing requirements
2.5 Prepare and/or roll extension leads, looms and cables to meet design specifications, enterprise standards and legal requirements


3. Install lighting

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Install required rigging and accessories according to statutory and enterprise safety requirements 3.2 Test, install and hang lanterns and accessories according to the lighting plan, scale and manufacturer specifications
3.3 Install power supplies according to lighting plans, location standards, manufacturer specifications and safety regulations
3.4 Patch lanterns and accessories according to lighting or patch plans
3.5 Safely and neatly secure and correctly label rated cabling so that it is of moving elements
3.6 Angle and focus lanterns according to lighting plans and artistic
3.7 Check the safety of equipment both during and after installation according to legal requirements


4. Install lighting control system

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Correctly connect dimmers to power, assign and turn on
4.2 Install and configure control desk and peripherals according to production requirements
4.3 Run and connect control cables and secure safely
4.4 Patch lanterns and channels to dimmers according to lighting or patch plan sheets and location procedures/conditions


5. Ensure electrical safety

Performance Criteria:

5.1Complete installation and testing according to legislative and OHS requirements
5.2 Check three-phase distribution and power calculations in collaboration with licensed electricians as required
5.3 Check that power supply is sufficient for load requirements and that distribution of electrical loading is within limits
5.4 Ensure that cables used are correctly rated, including three-phase cable to dimmers, and that three-phase supplies are balanced
5.5 Ensure that cabling and connectors meet legislative and OHS requirements


6. Test and adjust lighting

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Test all aspects of lighting, including communication system, control desk and peripherals using appropriate techniques and according to safety requirements
6.2 Identify the need for adjustments and make modifications accordingly
6.3 Liaise with appropriate production personnel to confirm that lighting installation meets requirements
6.4 Complete lighting documentation accurately, legibly and concisely and make updates as required


7. Dissassemble lighting equipment

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Break down and carry lighting equipment and accessories, employing safe lifting techniques
7.2 Clean and safely pack equipment into cases to avoid damage and prepare for transport as required
7.3 Report and document equipment that is damaged and requires maintenance to the relevant production personnel
7.4 Leave the worksite in the original or improved condition

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to follow plans or a brief to create a lighting system for a live production in a team environment following the required OH&S practices. 

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

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 Sssessment: 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) and Lighting plan & documentation due today.
Includes: Lecture, practical demonstration and teacher directed group activities.

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:
Application of a range of technical lighting knowledge and manual techniques for the installation of lighting equipment so that the lighting set-up meets production and safety requirements
Application of safe working practices when installing lighting equipment
Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.

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

To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard..

Formative Assessment
1. Production lighting work (in class). In groups, you are expected to decipher a lighting system according to the plan. You are then required to clarify, prepare, install, test and dismantle the lighting equipment, in a simulated environment, following OH&S standards and codes of behaviour. At least one lighting system must be completed each week, from Weeks 1 to 4.

2. Production of a lighting plan and documentation. You are expected to develop the lighting plan and written documentation for a fictitious 5 piece band who will be playing at the Kaliede Theatre, RMIT University. This assessment is due to be completed in Week 4.

Summative Assessment
3. Production lighting work (out of class). In a professional setting in a team, you are expected to decipher a lighting system according to the plan. You are then required to clarify, prepare, install, test and dismantle the lighting equipment on the live production following OH&S standards and codes of behaviour. 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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