Course Title: Plan and manage film and media post-production

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5927C

Course Title: Plan and manage film and media post-production

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6104 - Advanced Diploma of Sound Production

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Tim Johnston
Phone: 03 9925 4325

Nominal Hours: 35

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 unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan and implement post-production processes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFPPM602A Plan and manage film and media post-production


1Clarify post-production briefs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Participate in meetings with relevant production personnel to determine required post-production resources assessed against proposed production medium
1.2 Provide ongoing strategic advice to production team to improve efficiency of post-production activities
1.3 Identify and analyse specific technical or creative requirements for post-production
1.4 Identify available budgets and timelines required
1.5 Provide specific advice on costs and operational implications for editing , taking into account required techniques for production


3Implement post-production processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Book and check post-production resources and finalise all contractual arrangements with personnel and suppliers in line with enterprise procedures
3.2 Identify and resolve problems, ensuring proposed solutions are discussed with affected staff prior to implementing changes
3.3 Negotiate provision of any previously unplanned or additional post-production services in conjunction with relevant production personnel
3.4 Monitor and manage post-production activities on a proactive basis and according to agreed operational plan
3.5 Prepare progress reports where applicable and organize appropriate review sessions for relevant production personnel


2Develop an operational plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Draw up specific schedules to ensure post-production activity meets expected deadlines
2.2 Investigate availability and cost of post-production resources and staff in order to complete post-production plans
2.3 Ensure OHS requirements are established in line with
organisational procedures
2.4 Develop documentation for anticipated stages in post-production process and confirm with relevant production personnel
2.5 Ensure documentation is accessible to all involved with post-production activities as required
2.6 Finalise operational plan in consultation with relevant production personnel and obtain sign-off according to organisational procedures


4Wrap post-production activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Attend ongoing post-production evaluation sessions to
ensure final product meets creative, technical and
budgetary requirements of the production
4.2 Obtain lock-off approval for project from relevant
production personnel
4.3 Complete required documentation and arrange for return
of hired post-production resources as applicable
4.4 Evaluate all aspects of completed projects and note areas
for improvement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will have skills and knowledge required to plan and implement post-production processes.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities may include:
• lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects

Out of class activities may include:
• online research
• independent project based work

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
Week1 Course outline/structure
Detailing of assessment and explanation of Assignments to be undertaken.
Audio for Media exploration. Analysis of key elements, and genres involved within production of audio for commercials. Aspects include music compositions (jingles), Voice Overs, Foley, and SFX .
Student research and acquisition of commercial examples.
Week2 Production Studio Analysis. Breakdown of studio equipment/ hardware/ software involved in the various stages of audio for media productions.
Examples of various studios locally and globally.
Student presentation and class discussion of researched examples
Week3 Synchronization-TV/Film formats. Analysis of time code formats, frame rates, clock reference, and synch setups of various industry standard equipment.
Student presentation and class discussion of researched examples
Week4 Practical demonstration and familiarisation of Studio/Lab Equipment.
Integration of audio and video within Pro Tools/ Logic Audio.
Quicktime movies, spot mode, playlists and loop record.
Student presentation and class discussion of researched examples
Week5 Breakdown of all parties involved in the production from original idea to final release. Projected budget analysis, and distribution of costs.
Scheduling of resources and available time for Assignments.
Week6 Practical sessions for Assignment 1 1,3
Week7Practical sessions for Assignment 1 1,3
Week8Practical sessions for Assignment 1 1,3
Week9Practical sessions for Assignment 1 1,3
Week10 Class Presentation/Discussion of Assignment 1 1,3,4
Week11 Practical sessions for Assignment 2 1,3
Week12Practical sessions for Assignment 2 1,3
Week13Practical sessions for Assignment 2 1,3
Week14Practical sessions for Assignment 2 1,3
Week15 Class Presentation/Discussion of Assignment 2 1,3,4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A set of web based resource links are provided below for this course.
Resource Links: Collection of commercials, realaudio/quicktime/windowsmedia formats available for reviewing. 

Article on the basics of audio for TV advertisements. 
America’s largest and oldest TV Advertising library and resource 
Using Audio Enabled Rich Media Advertising effectively


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of the Library facilities.

Other Resources

External firewire/USB hard drive
1 pair of high quality headphones

Overview of Assessment

Course assessment tasks will include class based practical exercises and project work undertaken in the computer lab for submission.

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. Class presentation – examples of commercials. To be conducted Weeks 2-6.
2. Synchronisation exercise – Quicktime “spot” to timecode position. To be conducted in Weks 11-15.
3. Schedule elements and studio time for Radio & TV commercial Due TBA.

Summative Assessment:

4. Synchronisation test. To be conducted TBA.
5. Practical Assignment 1- Radio Commercial – Design all audio elements for a 30 sec radio commercial. Due Week 9.
6. Practical Assignment 2 – TV commercial – Design all audio elements for a 60sec TV commercial. Due Week 14.

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 demonstrates 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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