Course Title: Compile audio material for broadcast

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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:

Confirm production requirements and deadlines with
relevant personnel

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



Element 2 Record audio material on location

Performance Criteria:

Position microphone to achieve optimum audio quality, taking into account weather conditions and background noise at location
Conduct sound and level check to ensure that audio recording equipment is fully functional
Record an identification according to station procedures
Record audio material according to production
Record ambient sound as bridging material for the
editing process
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:

Listen to recorded audio and identify edit positions to produce required audio segment
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
Listen to edited material to evaluate quality and content
and to identify problems
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:

Leave the worksite in the original or improved condition for use by colleagues
Complete documentation and submit edited material for approval to relevant personnel by the agreed deadline
Make final adjustments in response to feedback from relevant personnel
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

Class ContentElements
Class 1Introduction to and history of broadcast audio technology in Australia.Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4. 2.5, 2.6

Class 2Microphone selection and deployment for television sound engineers.Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4. 2.5, 2.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Class 3EVS networked vision/audio recording and replay systems
The broadcast routing switcher
Networked post-production systems
Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4. 2.5, 2.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Class 4Broadcast Audio sound mixing techniques.Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Class 5Broadcast communications systems.Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4. 2.5, 2.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Class 6

Audio for sports broadcasting
Host broadcasting and the Olympic Games/World Cup Football
Surround Sound Production                                                  Broadcast Sound Transmission

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4. 2.5, 2.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Class 7Practical assessment feeback and reviewElement 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4. 2.5, 2.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Class 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 possess a flash drive storage device for backup and storage.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course..

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
CD      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

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

The major learning experience involves theory and practical training and assessment sessions, including individual and group practical exercises. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to achieve competency in this unit.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy

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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

Work Placement: It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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