Course Title: Sound

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: VART5656L

Course Title: Sound

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6048 - Advanced Diploma of Multimedia

Course Contact : Josiane Meuller

Course Contact Phone: 99254585

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nat Bates

Bruce Mowson

Nominal Hours: 60

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


Course Description

This year long course covers the skills and knowledge required to record, edit, combine and incorporate sound into multimedia presentations and prepare sound media for different platforms.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFEDT01A Make creative and technical editing decisions


CUFEDT01A/01 Interpret the brief


CUFEDT01A/02 Generate and assess ideas


CUFEDT01A/03 Develop initial and/or on-going edit decisions


CUFEDT01A/04 Communicate editing decisions, evaluate and make amendments


CUFEDT01A/05 Monitor the editing process

National Element Code & Title:

ICPMM46CA Incorporate Video Into Multimedia Presentations


ICPMM46CA/02 Use digital video software


ICPMM46CA/01 Identify and describe formats of digital video


ICPMM46CA/03 Design and edit digital video


ICPMM46CA/04 Present a digital video sequence

National Element Code & Title:

ICPMM61DA Prepare Multimedia For Different Platforms


ICPMM61DA/01 Identify and describe multimedia delivery techniques


ICPMM61DA/02 Prepare data for multimedia platforms

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Classes will involve theoretical and practical exercises focussing on the fundamentals of sound production, and the conceptual sound design of students’ major projects. 

Teaching Schedule

Week 2 - Sound introduction:: what is sound, what is music, critical listening skills, important acoustic terms.
Week 3 - Recording:: recording sources, identifying suitable sounds, analogue audio, microphones and recording equipment, audio signal types and levels.
Week 4 - Digital audio:: how digital audio works, digital recording and editing, digital sound formats and file types.
Week 5 - Sound composition:: compositonal concepts, more digital audio editing, adding effects and multi track mixing.
Week 6 - Sound and the moving image:: audio visual concepts, listening modes, audio visual flow, sonic logic, dialogue, atmos, foley and synchronisation.
Week 7 - Appropriate sound effects:: sound effects design, sourcing and production. Analyse examples.
Week 8 - Music:: Garageband and sequencing class exercise.
Week 9 - Minor Projects:: Completion of minor sound projects.
Week 10 - Sound Design Concepts 1:: Looking at examples of good and bad sound design. Analysing what is involved in sound production for Major Projects.
Week 11 - Sound Design Concepts 2:: Analysis of examples, major projects: limitations and scope of projects.
Week 12 - Sound Design Concepts 3:: Major Projects: Consideration of sound for rough ideas for major projects. Coincides with Major Projects Assignment 01.
Week 13 - Sound Design Concepts 4:: Examples of sound charting / storyboarding, major projects: Develop sound design chart for major project. Coincides with Major Projects Assignments 02 and 03.
Week 14 - Sound Design Concepts 5:: Major Projects: First draft of sound design chart / storyboard due.
Week 15 - Sound Design Concepts 6:: Analysis of example of production schedule, major projects: work out technical requirements that will need to be undertaken to produce sound for project.
Week 16 - Sound Design Concepts 7:: Major Projects: Work on sound for animatic for Major Projects.
Week 17 - Sound Design Concepts 8:: Major Projects: Complete sound for animatic for Major Projects.
Week 18 - Presentation of Major Project.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Check with teacher during class. Some equipment will be available to borrow on a restricted basis.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment takes the form of practical class-based exercises in different aspects of recording, manipulating and editing sound, which account for 50% of assessment. The other 50% is based on the integration of sound into the student’s Major Project.                                                                                                 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment will Assessment takes the form of several practice-based assignment related to the development stages required in the completion of a major project. Assessment will also take the form of a series of briefings conducted by the student throughout the year, and will be closely aligned to the assessment schedule of the Major Project class.

Assessment Matrix

Not required for this  course.

Other Information


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