Course Title: Set up and operate lighting cues and effects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2021

Course Code: EEET7374C

Course Title: Set up and operate lighting cues and effects

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4371 - Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services

Course Contact: Rebekha Naim

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4849

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Deb Hatton


Nominal Hours: 50

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

Lighting programmers or operators in the live events industry are required to set up appropriate lighting control systems as required by the given production. You will be taught to use a variety of consoles, along with reading the appropriate documentation. Skills in lighting console operation are developed through practice. You will learn to work autonomously and in a team environment as you take responsibility for operating lighting consoles in class and on live events.

This is the designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for C4371 Certificate in Live Production and Technical Services. This course includes a WIL experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

As part of this course you are required to undertake 8 hours of supervised learning/assessment in your chosen industry area, gaining invaluable experience and industry contacts.

Workplace Assessment Requirements
An agreement including schedule and relevant insurance documentation is required to be completed before commencing each assessment placement. In the case where a placement ends early, please refer to 6. Early Termination of Placements in the Work Integrated Learning Procedure.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUALGT403 Set up and operate lighting cues and effects


1. Connect and format control system for productions

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Connect dimmers to control desk or console using appropriate control protocols, checking designer’s control channel requirements are met

1.2 Connect to peripheral accessories and control devices, including display, storage and printing equipment

1.3 Check system for nature of soft patch from previous production, and ensure patch meets default or production soft patch according to enterprise requirements

1.4 Integrate geographic, grouping, scaling and use of peripheral accessories into the patching process

1.5 Check dimmer reception of data and operation meets required technical parameters of production

1.6 Complete set-up tasks according to work health and safety (WHS) requirements, test control systems for overall functionality, and resolve problems or escalate as required

1.7 Establish, connect and test remote controls for relevant production personnel


2. Plot and operate advanced cue types

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Liaise with relevant production personnel to determine the nature of cue type required, contribute ideas to lighting plots, and use console appropriately to establish capabilities

2.2 Make the elements required for the cue type available, and correctly record them

2.3 Demonstrate cue types to relevant production personnel and modify cues and relevant documentation as required


3. Plot and operate effects

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Discuss types of effects required and the console capacity to produce them with relevant production personnel

3.2 Use the effects menu, demonstrating effects to colleagues as required

3.3 Identify and record the sequence of steps needed to achieve chosen effect

3.4 Demonstrate effects to relevant production personnel, make appropriate modifications to effects and documentation as required, and rehearse with relevant items and personnel


4. Use lighting control system during production

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check operational aspects of lighting console, lighting cues and effects, and back-up system are correctly prepared and in working order within required timeframes and according to WHS requirements

4.2 Maintain lighting cues and effects throughout production to meet creative and technical requirements

4.3 Identify lighting problems and faults promptly and use control desk or console features and functions to resolve them safely and effectively within scope of own role and without disrupting the production

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

You will:

  • be able to set up a variety of lighting control systems including the Martin M1 and M2Go series
  • use the more complex functions of these consoles
  • have mastered the basic elements of lighting design and console operation appropriate to a variety of live events
  • work with lighting crew, including heads of crew, as well as other production specialists like set designers, producers amd directors

Details of Learning Activities

Learning will occur in class delivery and project work. Some external project completion will be required out of class, including:

  • class exercises 
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material 
  • design activities or projects 
  • class presentations 
  • group discussion 
  • research 
  • independent project-based work 
  • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback 

Teaching Schedule

 Week #




Looking at the Unit and Overview and Discussions 


Finding the Cue Points and Cue Sheets / Cue Synopsis - Research the LSC Mantralite tutorial 


Glossary of terms and Lighting operating concepts 



Submit your assignment - Where are the cues-points - what do you want to see?


Wrap up before mid-semester-break - Going over patching + controlling fixtures (Apps) in LSC MantraLite ..


Assessment 1: Observation during lighting even


Assessment 1: Observation during lighting event


Assessment 1: Observation during lighting event


Assessment 1: Observation during lighting event


Overview of AT1


Preparation of AT2


Assessment 2: Lighting Systems and Effects








Individual Feedback

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.

It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;

a pen and notepaper or a laptop computer. You will need to have either a USB thumb drive or a USB/Thunderbolt Hard drive (or both) to store and manage your media. Your teacher will advise you what to get when classes commence.

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:

The learning Lab
The Study Support Hub
English for uni workshops

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will involve demonstration of practical tasks and testing of your knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected in the workplace.  

To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. 
You should refer to the assessment brief which is available through Canvas for full assessment criteria and due dates

Assessment Task 1: Observation During Lighting Event

Assessment Task 2: Lighting System and Effects Quiz

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are: 

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 mapping documents are available through Program Administration if required

Other Information


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises  

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully. 

Information about your studies: 

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc. 


Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time): 

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. 

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:  

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification). 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.   

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course. 

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