Course Title: Prepare, install and test lighting equipment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mctafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Rebekha Naim
Phone: 03 9925 4849
Email: 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 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

Element:

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
 

Element:

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
 

Element:

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

 

Element:

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
 

Element:

5. Ensure electrical safety

Performance Criteria:

5.1
Complete 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
 

Element:

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
 

Element:

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.
 

Week     Class content     
Elements covered               
Week 1

Focus: 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.

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2 ,3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

Element 4
4.1 ,4.2,. 4.3, 4.4

Element 5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Element 6
6.1, 6.2, 6.3 , 6.4

Element 7
7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7

 

Week 2

Focus: Production lighting theory and design

Formative Sssessment: Production lighting work (in class)

Includes: Lecture, practical demonstrations and teacher directed group activities.

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2 ,3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

Element 4
4.1 ,4.2,. 4.3, 4.4

Element 5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Element 6
6.1, 6.2, 6.3 , 6.4

Element 7
7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7

Week 3

Focus: DMX theory and control systems

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

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2 ,3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

Element 4
4.1 ,4.2,. 4.3, 4.4

Element 5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Element 6
6.1, 6.2, 6.3 , 6.4

Element 7
7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7

Week 4

Focus; 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.

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2 ,3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

Element 4
4.1 ,4.2,. 4.3, 4.4

Element 5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Element 6
6.1, 6.2, 6.3 , 6.4

Element 7
7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7

 


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
• 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

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).

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 (out of class).
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.

Aim:
The aim of this assessment is for you to demonstrate your ability to prepare, install and test lighting equipment; in particular the element ‘clarify lighting requirements for productions’ must be demonstrated, in an individual project. 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.

Assessment Requirements:
Develop the lighting plan and written documentation for a 5 piece band who will be playing at the Kaliede Theatre.

The plan. It should be to scale and include a key, so the position of the lanterns on the plan must be carefully considered, demonstrating your knowledge of lantern types and beam angles. The position of the dimmer and desk should also be shown. It should be drawn on a floor plan provided by the venue (otherwise you will need to create one yourself), so you are expected to visit the venue and make contact with the relevant staff there. The plan itself can be produced by hand or you can use a computer drawing/lighting program.

The report. It should explain the lighting design’s purpose and concepts.
The following must be included;
•Explanation of the type of band, music and requirements of the lighting. You need to make this bit up, but your plan must support these ideas.
•Why each lantern has been chosen in your design (there must be at least four different lantern types) and the kinds of scene/looks you want to create with your lights
•Calculate how many amps you will need (using the power formula by adding all the watts of your lanterns)
•A Lantern Schedule with gel, focus, dimmer and dmx numbers for each lantern
•A Lighting Resource List detailing all the lanterns, lighting control, cable and accessories required in your rig
•List at least 2 hire companies local to the venue that could supply you with the equipment you need (and include what items they could supply you with)
•A Schematic/flow diagram showing how all the equipment is to be connected together (fully labelled)

Your assignment must demonstrate that it is your own work and that you have a good understanding of the elements involved in EEET, 6847C, Prepare, Install and Test Lighting Equipment CUFLGT301A. A bibliography and referencing (where applicable) must be included.

Grading:
This assignment is a formative assessment and must be completed to a satisfactory standard. Please refer to the learning resources in Learning Hub Online for specific Audiovisual Diploma assessment requirements.

Final date for submission:
2B; Thursday 6th March 2014 (TAFE week 4)
2A; Thursday 4th April 2014 (TAFE week 8)


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.

Aim:
The aim of this assessment is for you to demonstrate your ability to prepare, install and test lighting equipment in a production lighting crew on an actual 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 within a team and given a lighting plan and documentation in which to follow in a live event or production. You will be required to set up, test, modify, (operate) and disassemble a lighting system 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 equipment for installation using the venues resources, within the productions time constraints. You are required to install the lighting and control systems as specified, ensure electrical safety, test and adjust the lighting to achieve the lighting plan requirements and disassemble the lighting equipment in a smooth, cohesive manner.

All your work must demonstrate;
•The application of a range of technical lighting knowledge and manual techniques to the installation of lighting equipment so that the lighting set-up meets production and safety requirements
•Follow a lighting plan and install accordingly in collaboration with the lighting designer (or the like)
•Application of safe working practices when installing lighting equipment
•Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment
•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 in the group is expected. You must demonstrate that you have a good practical understanding of the elements involved in EEET, 6847C, Prepare, Install and Test Lighting Equipment CUFLGT301A.

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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