Course Title: Implement sound designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: VART6067C

Course Title: Implement sound designs

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5332 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254815

Course Contact Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Steve Ward

Email: steven.ward@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 50

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

None

Course Description

Knowing how to implement a sound system design is fundamental to working in the live event industry.
The purpose of this course is to provide you with a thorough understanding of a wide range of sound equipment and sound effects as well as the ability to supervise other workers, including sound mixers, sound editors and other studio technicians.
You will also be able to solve problems that arise in the context of implementing sound designs.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU503A Implement sound designs

Element:

1. Confirm sound-design specifications

Performance Criteria:

1.1 In consultation with relevant personnel confirm sound-design specifications, ensuring that they meet production requirements

1.2 Identify and confirm personnel needed to meet production briefs

1.3 Confirm requirements with regard to content, quality and duration of sound components

1.4 Identify and meet copyright requirements

1.5 Hold ongoing discussions with relevant personnel to consider, confirm and incorporate additional or changed production requirements and new ideas as required

Element:

2. Oversee the sound-production process.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Devise and/or obtain sound components to meet creative and technical requirements according to sound-design specifications

2.2 Ensure that sound effects are recorded as required

2.3 Ensure that the manipulation of sound components achieves the desired sonic finish and style

2.4 Identify any changes to sound components in conjunction with relevant personnel

2.5 Obtain feedback from relevant personnel about work in progress and modify as required

2.6 Provide direction, advice and assistance to technical staff as required

2.7 Ensure that the final product is delivered in the required format for playback media

2.8 Make backup copies of recordings in line with enterprise procedures

Element:

3. Finalise operations.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure that documentation is prepared and updated as required

3.2 Ensure that recorded masters, version copies and backups are logged, labelled and stored in a secure and safe place

3.3 In consultation with relevant personnel, identify aspects of sound-design implementation that worked well and those that could be improved

3.4 Evaluate own role in operations and note areas for improvement

3.5 Provide feedback to team members on their performance as required

3.6 Document evaluation of operations in line with enterprise procedures


Learning Outcomes


 On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

You will be able to:
• Consult with relevant personnel to confirm sound design specifications.
• Identify and confirm personnel needed to meet production briefs.
• Identify and meet copyright requirements.
• Devise and/or obtain sound components to meet creative and technical requirements according to sound-design specifications.
• Ensure that the final product is delivered in the required format for playback media.
• Ensure that documentation is prepared and updated as required.


Details of Learning Activities

 

  • Practical theory sessions
  • Equipment demonstrations, set-up and practical exercises in Kaleide theatre as a simulated work environment
  • Group discussions
  • Practical assessment tasks

Out of-class self-directed learner activities for this course include but are not limited to: additional equipment practice sessions, private research at selected sound equipment websites and revision of notes to reinforce classroom content. These activities will be monitored and assessed during class through question/answer sessions.


Teaching Schedule

Class
Planned Activities (subject to change)

Elements

covered

1Focus: Confirm sound-design specifications
Includes: Introduction and Course Overview
Sound Design Specifications and Interpreting Design Briefs
Roles and Responsibilities of the AV Professional
Sound system installations and integration
 
1
2 Focus: Confirm sound-design specifications
Includes: Liaising with clients and contractors
Insurances and Liability, Copyright, Royalties and Agencies
Specifying sound system components for different productions
 1
3 Focus: Oversee the sound-production process
Includes: Identifying and working with sound components
Creating technical requirements for sound system designs
Working with power, cable management and noise controls
 2
4 Focus: Oversee the sound-production process
Includes: Manipulating sound components
Working with effects, feedback and making system modifications
Production monitoring systems and multi-channel setups
 2
5 Focus: Oversee the sound-production process
Includes: Media and data transfer formats
Procedures for digital media, recordings and audio consoles
Working with compression and audio processing
 2
6 Focus: Finalise operations
Includes: Preparing documents and team communication
Identify roles for operations and sound design implementation
 3
7 Focus: Finalise operations
Includes: Manipulation of sound components and ensuring all elements are labelled, logged and backed up
 3
8 Focus: Finalise operations
Includes: Preparing for performance with team members
Working on sound design areas requiring improvement
 3
9 Focus: Assessment session 1 of 5. (All students will be assessed over classes 9 - 13.) Assessment opportunities will be available during  classes 9 - 13 following a roster which will be drawn up in class #8.
Includes: Implement sound designs creatively and technically in a group collaboration.
 1,2,3
10 Focus: Assessment session 2 of 5. (All students will be assessed over classes 9 - 13.) Assessment opportunities will be available during classes 9 - 13 following a roster which will be drawn up in class #8.
Includes: Implement sound designs creatively and technically in a group collaboration.
 1,2,3
11 Focus: Assessment session 3 of 5. (All students will be assessed over classes 9 - 13.) Assessment opportunities will be available during classes 9 - 13 following a roster which will be drawn up in class #8.
Includes: Implement sound designs creatively and technically in a group collaboration.
 1,2,3
12 Focus: Assessment session 4 of 5. (All students will be assessed over classes 9 - 13.) Assessment opportunities will be available during classes 9 - 13 following a roster which will be drawn up in class #8.
Includes: Implement sound designs creatively and technically in a group collaboration.
 1,2,3
13 Focus: Assessment session 5 of 5. (All students will be assessed over classes 9 - 13.) Assessment opportunities will be available during classes 9 - 13 following a roster which will be drawn up in class #8.
Includes: Implement sound designs creatively and technically in a group collaboration.
 1,2,3
   
   


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of University library facilities, in researching about Vision system designs.


Other Resources

 You should refer to Blackboard for resources for this course. The teacher may refer you to other resources.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.
It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;
• a pen and notepaper
• a laptop computer with word and excel type programs.
 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will involve demonstration of practical tasks and testing of underpinning theory knowledge.


Assessment Tasks

  1. Sound (system) design documentation. Individual assessment task. Prepare documentation such as schedules, schematics, equipment lists and plans.for a sound (system) design and installation design. Due Class #6 You should refer to the Assessment Tool document which is available on Blackboard for full details of this assessment task.
  2. Sound (system) design presentation. (Collaborative group task) As part of a collaborative group, the prepared sound system design will be presented in a multimedia format for review in a live audiovisual presentation. Due: during classes #9-13 You should refer to the Assessment Tool document which is available on Blackboard for full details of this assessment task.
  3. Sound (system) design implementation. Implement and operate a technical sound (system) design according to presentation specifications. Due: during classes #9-13 You should refer to the Assessment Tool document which is available on Blackboard for full details of this assessment task.
    A sound design implementation for a theatre production environment must be demonstrated on a minimum of two occasions. This is a graded assessment that will represent that final assessment grade for this unit of competency.
     

You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of the assessment task.
The marking criteria is available on Blackboard.
Once you have demonstrated competency, your final assessment task will be graded (refer to MyRMIT for grading rubric).

 


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: rmit.edu.au/students

Attendance

 

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency. Non-attendance may seriously jeopardise the chances of success in a course. Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. Where visa conditions apply, attendance is compulsory.

 

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.

 

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (web link)

 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which people can gain entry to, or credit in, recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, in voluntary work, in social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training or other life experiences. Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if a student has previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency has been maintained.

 

Assessment and Feedback (web link)

 

You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

 

Student Progress (web link)

 

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

 

Special consideration for Late Submission (web link)

 

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.

 

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism (web link)

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

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