Course Title: Implement sound designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: VART6067C

Course Title: Implement sound designs

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6104 - Advanced Diploma of Sound Production

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

John Phillips 

9925 4815

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


Course Description

IMPLEMENT SOUND DESIGN assesses the skills and knowledge involved in providing Sound Design & final sound balance for Screen productions. The unit also looks at a candidate’s ability to effectively work with a client’s requirements in a timely fashion.
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to implement 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:

In consultation with relevant personnel confirm sound-design specifications, ensuring that they meet production requirements
Identify and confirm personnel needed to meet production briefs
Confirm requirements with regard to content, quality and duration of sound components
Identify and meet copyright requirements
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:

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 unit, you will be able to understand, participate in, and implement various stages of sound production and sound design implementation for screen based media, and be able to address the needs of clients in this area.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:
Studio sound production & editing
Studio surround mixing
Audio software & hardware use
Independent project based work
Teacher directed project activities

Teaching Schedule

Week Class content       Elements
Lecture 1.3
2Foley & ADR
Surround Mixing
Lecture 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
3STUDIO 3 SESSIONPrac Work  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2,2, 2,3, 3.1
4STUDIO 3 SESSIONPrac Work  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
5STUDIO 3 SESSIONPrac Work  1.3, 2.3
6STUDIO 3 SESSIONPrac Work  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
7STUDIO 3 SESSIONADR & Foley 1.3, 2.3, 2.7
8STUDIO 3 SESSIONADR & Foley 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
9STUDIO 3 SESSIONADR & Foley 2,2, 2,3, 2.4, 2.5
10STUDIO 3 SESSIONADR & Foley 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
11STUDIO 3 SESSIONMusic Production 3.3, 2.7, 2.8
12STUDIO 3 SESSIONMusic Production 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6
13STUDIO 3 SESSIONClient Negotiations 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6
14STUDIO 3 SESSIONFinal Surround Mixdown 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
15STUDIO 3 SESSIONFinal Surround Mixdown 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
Final Surround Mix 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.
Blackboard will be used for access to digital media tools for class assessments.

Other Resources

Students should bring the following to studio sessions:
1 Data storage medium – EG 1tb external hard disk, with both Firewire 800 & USB 2.0 connections. Ideally an additional Firewire 400 connection would be an advantage.
One Firewire 800 > 800 cable
One Firewire 800 > 400 cable or adapter

Overview of Assessment

Course assessment tasks will include class based practical exercises and project work undertaken in the computer lab and recording studios 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 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. Complete production for “External Client” – these will be students from Screen based programs working on their final year major project. Programs may include Screen & Media, Screenwriting, Interactive Digital Media, BA Animation, Games, and others.
2. Complete remix of provided song according to specific requirements.

Summative Assessment
1. Provide or co-ordinate Sound Design & Sound Production for supplied major project, including Foley, ADR, Score production & surround mix-down.

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:
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
Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded)

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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