Course Title: Computer Sound Production

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Computer Sound Production

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014


Melbourne transfer to Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2013


RMIT Intl University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Viet1 2009,
Viet1 2010,
Viet1 2011,
Viet1 2012,
Viet1 2013,
Viet1 2014,
Viet2 2007,
Viet2 2009,
Viet2 2010,
Viet2 2011,
Viet2 2012,
Viet2 2013,
Viet2 2014,
Viet3 2007,
Viet3 2008,
Viet3 2009,
Viet3 2010,
Viet3 2011,
Viet3 2012,
Viet3 2013,
Viet3 2014

Course Coordinator: Darrin Verhagen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3718

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Please Note: This course is not available for BP153 students in semester 1.

Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is assumed you have basic computer (Mac/PC) skills, and competent conceptual and analytical skills.

Pre-requisite Courses

it is expected that you have successfully completed the core Design courses for the Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Systems) BP153 program.

If you are enrolled in the B.A. Music Industry program (BP047) you should refer to your program website for specific information:

Course Description

Computer Sound Production is designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of creative sound design and production while building on basic creative concepts, aesthetics and technical skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you are required to complete assignments and projects which require you to create, analyse and author work that utilizes critical listening, sound and image synchronization theory and practice. These projects and assignments give you an opportunity to explore the physical properties of sound and develop your skills in the principals and practice of sound recording, editing, mixing and synthesis. You will also develop knowledge of sound history, design and technologies through a wide range of reading.

In this course you will:

- develop sound production skills;
- use computer platforms to create and record sound material suitable for use in a multimedia project;
- demonstrate sound editing concepts using analogue or digital editing platforms;
- combine video and audio clips to produce assets suitable for multimedia use using industry specific hardware and software.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

- critically analyse and describe the roles of sound in a variety of media;
- discuss basic acoustics and the physical nature of sound;
- create file formats for multimedia use;
- create and record voice and other sounds;
- digitize, edit, manipulate and synthesize sound using sound applications.

Overview of Learning Activities

- Tutorials

- Workshops

- Location recording

- Studio classes

Overview of Learning Resources

You should make use of wider University resources such as libraries, print and audio-visual collections and, if appropriate, the University’s Learning Skills Unit.

Many of the resources you will be expected to use are computer-based or computer peripherals and these resources will be provided in the school’s computer laboratories.

Overview of Assessment

See Part B Course Guide for further information. Projects will require you to plan, create and reflect on audio production. The assignments are intended to give you an opportunity to develop practical, critical and analytical skills.