Course Title: Implement sound designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

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

Tim Johnston 

9925 4325

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

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

Week Class content       Elements
1Course 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
2Production 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
3Synchronization-TV/Film formats. Analysis of timecode
formats, frame rates, clock reference, and synch
setups of various industry standard equipment.
Student presentation and class discussion of
researched examples
4Practical demonstration and familiarisation of
Studio/Lab Equipment.
Integration of audio and video within Pro Tools/ Logic
Quicktime movies, spot mode, playlists and loop
Student presentation and class discussion of
researched examples
Prac Work
1, 2
5Breakdown 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
Lecture 1
6Practical sessions for Assignment 1Prac Work 2
7Practical sessions for Assignment 1Prac Work 2
8Practical sessions for Assignment 1Prac Work 2
9Practical sessions for Assignment 1Prac Work 2
10Class Presentation/Discussion of Assignment 1Lecture3
11Practical sessions for Assignment 2Prac Work 2
12Practical sessions for Assignment 2Prac Work 2
13Practical sessions for Assignment 2Prac Work 2
14Practical sessions for Assignment 2Prac Work 2
15Class Presentation/Discussion of Assignment 2

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 as essential building blocks for more substantial
summative assessment tasks.
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.
For further information on the grading system and criteria used,
please refer to the course blackboard site.
Formative Assessment:
1. Class presentation – examples of commercials– Week 2-6
2. Synchronisation exercise – Quicktime “spot” to timecode position
3. Schedule elements and studio time for Radio & TV commercial
4. Synchronisation test
Summative Assessment:
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

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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