Course Title: Perform advanced sound editing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: VART6074C

Course Title: Perform advanced sound editing

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4276 - Certificate IV in Sound Production

Course Contact : program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Anthony Norris
Phone: (03) 9925 4268

Nominal Hours: 65

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

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to perform advanced sound editing. This involves assessing the quality of original recorded sound against production requirements, determining the scope of the sound-editing project, preparing source materials for sound editing, editing sound in line with production requirements, and applying sound effects to enhance the final product. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Please note that course delivery will be broken into two parts; theory and practical.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU403A Perform advanced sound editing


1Prepare for sound editing

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Participate in pre-production meetings with relevant personnel to discuss production requirements and procedures

1.2 Check that necessary copyright releases have been organised

1.3 Consider the impact of different release sound formats when planning editing work

1.4 Check sound equipment to ensure it is operational and appropriate for the task

1.5 Prepare a team work plan as required and brief relevant personnel accordingly

1.6 Obtain original sound sources and assess their quality against production requirements

1.7 Check any documentation in the receipt and preparation of original recordings and copies for productions

1.8 Advise where sound sources do not meet quality and production requirements and propose options to resolve issues as required

1.9 Anticipate problems that may arise during the editing process and plan accordingly


2Edit complex sound sequences

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check the format of all sound sources, ensuring it is compatible with editing software, equipment and media output

2.2 Critically listen to sound sources to determine the extent and range of required edits

2.3 Manipulate editing software and equipment to produce required outcomes and to resolve identified problems

2.4 Work sensitively and constructively with relevant personnel to achieve best production outcomes


3Create overall sound context

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Determine the purpose for which sound is being used in productions

3.2 Identify, select and/or produce appropriate sound effects or elements

3.3 Apply knowledge and understanding of sonic lexicon to enhance final creative outcomes

3.4 Note sound effects and elements on spotting sheets

3.5 Incorporate sound effects and elements to meet creative requirements


4Finalise editing operations

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Participate in spotting sessions with relevant personnel and make adjustments to mix as required

4.2 Ensure that final files are in the correct format

4.3 Manage the quality check of the final sound mix in line with enterprise procedures and production requirements

4.4 Archive edited audio files and complete associated documentation according to enterprise procedures

4.5 Ensure that work environment is left clean and ready for the next user

4.6 In collaboration with support personnel, organise and maintain sound effects libraries for future productions

4.7 Provide feedback to other team members as required

4.8 Evaluate own performance against technical and creative criteria and note areas for improvement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will achieve an understanding of the principles governing digital audio recording devices and the skills and knowledge required to perform advanced sound editing.

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• lectures
• group discussion
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• work shopping of students’ own projects

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
• online research
• independent project based work


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 and availability of speakers and resources.

 Part 1 DAT (Classes 1 - 8 Lecture Based)
ClassClass ContentAssesment                                               

Overview of Learning Outcomes & Assessments.
Binary, Digital Sampling & Nyquist’s Theorem

Introduction &
Stage 1

All 1 except 1.2 & 1.5

2Anti-Alias Filters
Over-sampling & Interpolation
Stage 2All 1 except 1.2 & 1.5
3Dithering: Word Length ReductionStage 3All 1 except 1.2 & 1.5
4Error Checking
Storage, Interleaving & Retrieval
Stage 4All 1 except 1.2 & 1.5
5Parity, R2R LadderStage 5All 1 except 1.2 & 1.5
6RevisionStage 6All 1 except 1.2 & 1.5
7      The Compact Disc for Audio, including an overview of SA-CD (Super Audio CD) & DSD (Direct Stream Digital)CD-DA & DSDAll 1 except 1.2 & 1.5
8Written TEST: Short Answer & Multiple ChoiceWritten TestAll 1 except 1.2 & 1.5
 Part 2A DAE (Classes 1 - 9 = Lab Based Practical application)
Class Content                                                                                                     Assessment                Elements           
1     Summary of Learning Outcomes & Assessments.
Introduction to AVID Protools Vsn 10.x
Constructing a Session: Tracks, Aux, Sub-Groups, Masters.
                                                    1 - 5                                
2Grid Alignment to Audio (Basic) - Skills Set 1 1 - 5
3Grid Alignment to Audio (Intermediate) - Skills Set 1 1 - 5
4Grid Alignment to Audio (Advanced) - Skills Set 1 1 - 5
5Track Automation & Region Editing - Skills Set 2 1 - 5
6Mixing Skills with ProTools - Skills Set 2 1 - 5
7Advanced Track & Plug-in Automation- Skills Set 3 1 - 5
8Mixing Skills with ProTools - Skills Set 3 1 - 5
 Part 2B DAE (Classes 9 -16 = Lab Based Practical application)
ClassClass ContentAssessmentElements
9            Delivery of Skills: DIALOGUE EDITING- Skills Set 4                                                                         3, 4                                                 
10Assessment Skills Set 4 In class assessment3, 4
11Delivery of Skills: DRUM PLAYLIST EDITING- Skills Set 5 1 - 4
12Assessment Skills Set 5 In class assessment1 - 4
13ELASTIC AUDIO Skills Set 6 1 - 4
14TIME & SIGNATURES: Inserting & Deleting Time from Sessions Skills Set 7 1 - 4
15Overview & Commencement of ASE Major Project 1 - 4
16MAJOR PROJECT - Compacting Files. Completion & Submission of Major Project to allocated RMIT server space as directed by teacher. 1 - 4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

For theory classes: ‘Digital audio theory study note’s and other web-based resources as presented by your teacher.
For practical classes: All resources are provided via the server housing all relevant exercises and documents.


Prescribed texts as presented at orientation. Internet sites like
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

You will provide:
For theory classes: A pen and notebook with chapter dividers for note taking in lectures. A Calculator is NOT required for this subject. Study Notes for the Theory componentof ASE are available from Blackboard/CertIV Sound Production/Course Content/ DAT as both Word (docx) or PDF (pdf) formats.

For practical classes: Your own studio quality headphones & external storage device (recommend FW800 or FW400).

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include a theory test, drum playlist editing, dialogue editing skills and a major project

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 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. Short answer and multiple-choice written questionnaire on the elements and underpinning technical knowledge in this unit, held in DAT class 8.
2. Drum Playlist Editing, held in classes DAE 11
• Retrieve Recorded data from Prac. Ex. 4 Drum Recording (as part of BUSM6224C: Manage Production Requirements)
• Apply Skill Set delivered in Lab class
• Present Final Edit to Teacher for Assessment & Feedback
3. Dialogue Editing Skills, held in DAE class 9
• Source data provided on RMIT server
• Apply Editing Skill Set delivered in Lab class
• Deliver final Dialogue audio file to Server
• Feedback & Assessment provided

Summative Assessment
4. ASE Major Project, held in DAE classes 8-16.
• See Criteria on RMIT Server
• Apply all elements of skill sets delivered in lab class
• Deliver entire project to server for assessment & feedback

Grading criteria for this assessment can be found on the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit 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

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

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:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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