Course Title: Compile audio material for broadcast

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: VART6079C

Course Title: Compile audio material for broadcast

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4276 - Certificate IV in Sound Production

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Dave Hannan
Phone: 9925 4815

Nominal Hours: 30

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 course will provide an introduction to a number of key areas of current technology and work practice used in the audio sphere of the broadcast industry in Australia.

Please note : this course guide is relevent only to Sound Group 1E

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFSOU302A Compile audio material for broadcast


Element 1 Prepare to record audio material

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm production requirements and deadlines with
relevant personnel
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1.2 Become sufficiently familiar with topics to ask appropriate questions of interviewees
1.3 Prepare appropriate questions that elicit information relevant to production requirements and that ensure interview purpose is met
1.4 Rehearse questions as required
1.5 Check that portable audio recording equipment and
accessories are fully functional and report equipment
faults to relevant personnel
1.6 Ensure charged batteries are in sufficient supply to meet
recording needs


Element 2 Record audio material on location

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Position microphone to achieve optimum audio quality, taking into account weather conditions and background noise at location
2.2 Conduct sound and level check to ensure that audio recording equipment is fully functional
2.3 Record an identification according to station procedures 2.4 Record audio material according to production
requirements 2.5 Record ambient sound as bridging material for the
editing process 2.6 Dismantle audio recording equipment and check that all
equipment is accounted for before leaving location


Element 3 Edit audio material using digital editing systems

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Listen to recorded audio and identify edit positions to produce required audio segment
3.2 Transfer audio material into computer hard disk storage
system or software 3.3 Use software functions to edit audio material in
accordance with production requirements and within time
constraints 3.4 Listen to edited material to evaluate quality and content
and to identify problems 3.5 Manipulate the editing software to solve identified
problems and seek expert advice if required 3.6 Save final edit in appropriate format


Element 4 Submit edited material for broadcast

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Leave the worksite in the original or improved condition for use by colleagues
4.2 Complete documentation and submit edited material for approval to relevant personnel by the agreed deadline
4.3 Make final adjustments in response to feedback from relevant personnel
4.4 Archive edited material in accordance with station procedures

Learning Outcomes

This unit covers the skills and knowledge necessary for audio production within broadcast environments such as television and radio related industries.


Details of Learning Activities

Learning will consist of classroom based knowledge delivery, augmented by practical application exercises.

Delivery modes will include:
Group Discussion
Research (including online)
Independent project based work
Teacher directed activities
Class exercises & discussions to review lectures
In & out of class activities

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass content     Elements
1Introduction to and history of broadcast audio technology in Australia. 1, 2
2Microphone selection and deployment for television sound engineers. 1, 2, 3
9EVS networked vision/audio recording and replay systems.
The broadcast routing switcher.
Networked post-production systems.
 2, 3, 4
10Broadcast Audio sound mixing techniques. 3, 4
11Broadcast communications systems. 2, 3

Audio for sports broadcasting.
Host broadcasting and the Olympic Games/World Cup Football.

Surround Sound Production

Broadcast Sound Transmission

 1, 2, 3, 4
13Practical assessment feeback and review 2, 3, 4
8Assessment and review  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

Other Resources

You will be required to retain all supplied resources, and are advised to arrange necessary internet access for work outside of class, and have a flash drive storage device available.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be made through knowledge tests and practical project work.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this unit are either ungraded or graded. Ungraded tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial (graded) assessment tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

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

Assessment will be made through the following:
Practical application project

Knowledge test & practical project, based around production & post production for segment of broadcast television program

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


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.
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