Course Title: Edit sound using computerised digital equipment/systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: COSC5222C

Course Title: Edit sound using computerised digital equipment/systems

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4230 - Certificate IV in Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Steven Ward
Phone: 03 9925 4345

Nominal Hours: 85

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

There are no Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide you with skills and knowledge required to edit sound using digital editing equipment and/or systems for a production in the cultural industries.

After satisfactory completion of this course you will be able to:
• Identify the various components that comprise a digital audio workstation
• Create a plan and perform digital audio editing
• Create Foley and special sound effects
• Import and edit a variety of audio sources
• Apply standard mixing techniques in the digital domain
• Synchronise sound to picture

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU24A Edit sound using computerised digital equipment/systems

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to make informed decisions regarding preparation, planning and performing digital audio editing using computers.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of
• demonstrations
• workshops
• practical exercises
• reading set texts
You will be responsible for your learning and will be expected to engage in independent research, reading and study.

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, availability of speakers and resources.

Class #Planned Class ActivitiesElements
1• Using on line Support Resources
• Configure Environment / Computer Hardware
• Introduce Pro Tools
• File Management
• Computer Basics
2Pro Tools
• History
• Software
• Hardware
• I/O
• Creating Sessions
• Templates
• Window navigation
• Operations
• Customising work surface
• Shortcut keys
• Editing Cut and Paste exercise
3Pro Tools
• Importing Audio
• Importing Video
• File formats
• Editing
• Customising work surface
• Effects TDM/RTAS
• Plug-ins
• Routing
Editing Sound to Video Exercise
4Pro Tools and software instruments
• Automation
• Recording
• More Shortcut keys
• Using Workspace
• Elastic Audio
• Midi
• Instruments
• Rewire
Automation exercise
5Location recording and mixes
Foley and sourcing of “real” sounds
Copyright and the use of recorded material
Relevant production documents
6Pro Tools and other DAW platforms
• Mixing
• More on Plug ins and FX
• Mastering
7Practical Session – Sound Composition2,3,4
8Practical Session – Sound Composition2,3,4
9Practical Session – Sound Composition2,3,4
10Practical Session – Audio and Soundtrack for Video2,3,4
11Practical Session – Audio and Soundtrack for Video2,3,4
12Practical Session – Audio and Soundtrack for Video2,3,4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Pro Tools 9.0 instructional manual

Blackboard online users guide


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

Refer First Year Book and Materials List

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course includes demonstration of practical tasks and underpinning theoretical knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered an essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

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

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 be assessed using the following methods:

Formative Assessment
1. Designing a Digital Audio Workstation according to a brief, due week 12

This task requires evidence of skills and knowledge relating to effective communication and the use and implementation of a computerised editing system
2. Sound Composition, to be conducted in weeks 7 - 9

This task requires evidence of skills and knowledge relating to editing, automation and mixing using a computerised sound editing system. It requires the creation of a finished product to be finalised to CD.

Summative Assessment
1. Audio and Soundtrack for Video, to be conducted in weeks 10 - 12

This is an assessment of the learner’s ability to apply a variety of skills and knowledge relating to digital editing of sound, creation of a soundtrack and synchronising sound to picture.

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

Grades used in this course are as follows:

Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CA Competency Achieved
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

1. This course requires students to bring along a suitable pair of headphones for which to use during class
2. There are 2 assessments for which students are to provide the finished product on CD or DVD.

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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