Course Title: Compile production schedules

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: VART5973C

Course Title: Compile production schedules

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rowan Humphrey

(03) 99254345

Nominal Hours: 40

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

To enable you to plan, schedule and location manage a television program. It develops the skills and knowledge required to coordinate all aspects of the project in pre-production, on-site at the time of production and post and to effectively communicate with the production team.
This course is run in parallel with Manage locations for film and media productions PERF-5066C

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFPPM408A Compile production schedules


1 Confirm resources required. 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse and interpret resource schedules to confirm resources required for each stage in the production process.
1.2 Consult with all departments involved in the production to clarify and confirm their requirements.
1.3 Confirm accuracy and feasibility of resource schedules against overall production requirements.
1.4 Conduct discussion with colleagues in a manner that promotes positive working relationships.
1.5 Identify non-resource issues that may affect production schedules and collate and compile relevant information


2 Compile production schedules.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Create appropriate production timeline, ensuring that schedule identifies clearly and accurately major responsibilities, stages, tasks and target dates required to deliver productions within budget and to deadline.
2.2 Ensure that schedules clearly and realistically allocate the resources required.
2.3 Identify and accommodate factors affecting the timing and sequence of tasks within schedules.
2.4 Allocate time to each stage of the production that is realistic and sufficient to enable objectives to be met.
2.5 Ensure that time allocated enables efficient use of resources.
2.6 Identify factors that may cause production delays and develop contingency plans to accommodate possible delays.


3 Finalise production schedules. 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure schedules are accurate, comprehensive and presented clearly.
3.2 Distribute schedules promptly to relevant personnel and allow adequate opportunities for them to ask questions and seek clarification.
3.3 Resolve difficulties and ambiguities in the understanding or implementation of schedules as required.
3.4 Revise schedules as required and communicate changes promptly to relevant personnel.
3.5 Develop and maintain an appropriate, clear and easily accessible recording system for all information relating to production schedules.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to undertake the pre-production planning process to compile a schedule for a typical AV event such as a short film shoot.

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.Productions in second semester are shot from August to September in Electronic Film Production (EFP) style typical of television soap/serial or drama.

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
Week 1 Pre-production week one planning EFP
Introduction to large crew EFP style production/ Pre-production, Scheduling and Location Management
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 1.5 
Week 2 Pre-production week two planning EFP
Production meeting “Script breakdown”/ Location and Cast scouting

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 1.5

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5. 2.6

Week 3 Pre-production week three planning EFP
Production meeting “Scheduling”/ Call sheets
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 1.5

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5. 2.6

Week 4 Pre-production week four planning EFP
Production meeting “Budgets and copyright or legal issues
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 1.5

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5. 2.6

Week 5 Pre-production week five planning EFP Final pre-production meetings and presentation of reports 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
Week 6 Principle photography/Shooting EFP films on location running production schedules 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
Week 7 Principle photography/Shooting EFP films on location running production schedules 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
Week 8 Principle photography/Shooting EFP films on location running production schedules 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
Week 9 Principle photography/Shooting EFP films on location running production schedules 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


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

Assessment tasks include the completion of  pre-production documentation as part of a team, presententation of  material relevant to your department at production meetings and working to the production schedule.

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 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

1. Produce pre-production documentation to compile a production schedule. Due week 5.
2. Present material as Department head at a production meeting .Due week 5.

Summative Assessment
3. Act in the role of Department head for a series of short films for ‘EFP’, ‘MAVIS’ and/or ‘Splendour’. Due on production dates TBA leading up to September 6, 2013 (Due week 9)

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:

CHDCompetent 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


The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback 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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

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.

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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