Course Title: Edit sound using computerised digital equipment/systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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


Decommission the editing facility

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Report to relevant personnel and document any equipment that
is damaged and that requires maintenance
5.2 Leave the work site in the original or improved condition,
ensuring that there has been no adverse impact on the site


Determine the production requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research and discuss creative and practical considerations with
relevant personnel so as to fulfill production requirements
and/or editorial standards
1.2 Decide on suitable digital sound editing equipment requirements
with the relevant personnel and document all requirements as
per organisational guidelines if necessary
1.3 Determine the format and materials required for the edit with
relevant personnel and document in accordance with production
1.4 Obtain or access equipment and accessories as required and
ensure consistency with the production requirements before
commencement of production
1.5 Receive final approval from production stakeholders if required


Evaluate the production, complete the documentation and store appropriately. Decommission the editing facility

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Evaluate the production with relevant personnel and/or
according to production standards and requirements
4.2 Ensure that the edited audio file is transferred from the disk
store of the online editing system to a data recorder or disk for
4.3 Complete all appropriate documentation in line with
organisational standards and to meet production/broadcast


Perform digital sound editing

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Load the source audio into the edit suite disk store system or
software ensuring that it is loaded in the appropriate sequence
3.2 Perform editing, using functions such as cut, paste, copy, move
and fade to enhance the sound recording
3.3 Use locators to navigate around the audio file
3.4 Ensure that there are no tight or loose edits, sudden changes in
ambience, levels or continuity
3.5 Apply effects, equalization, normalizing and other digital
enhancements as appropriate to enhance the sound
3.6 Ensure that an appropriate track list is generated for all tracks
3.7 Use the play back controls and playback list to evaluate the
production and identify any problems
3.8 Manipulate the editing suite/ software to solve any identified


Plan for digital sound editing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Ensure that digital audio editing equipment is operational and
functioning adequately according to organisational and
production requirements
2.2 Identify, preview and list all sound sequences to be used in the
production according to production requirements
2.3 Ensure that all materials are at hand to complete the editing
2.4 Create a digital copy of all original audio tracks to ensure there
is a backup should an error in editing occur
2.5 Preview the recorded audio and identify edit positions on the
edit plan document/production schedule in order to optimize
2.6 Complete any documentation required to meet the legal,
operational or organisational standards

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
• Introduction to 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
5Pro Tools and other DAW platforms
• Mixing
• More on Plug ins and FX
• Mastering

6Location recording and mixes
• Foley and sourcing of “real” sounds
• Copyright and the use of recorded material
• Relevant production documents
Practical Session – Audio and Soundtrack for Video

2,3,4 8 Practical Session – Audio and Soundtrack for Video
2,3,4 9 Practical Session – Audio and Soundtrack for Video
2,3,4 10 Practical Session – Sound Composition
2,3,4 11 Practical Session – Sound Composition 2,3,4 12 Practical Session – Sound Composition 2,3,4

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 as 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 6

This task requires evidence of skills and knowledge relating to effective communication and the use and implementation of a computerised editing system

2. Audio and Soundtrack for Video, to be conducted in weeks 7 - 9

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.

Summative Assessment

1.. Sound Composition, to be conducted in weeks 10 - 12

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.

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:

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 demonstrated 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.

Further Edit Sound delivery takes place throughout the year in conjunction with the Mix Sound course.
More information will be distributed in class.

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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