Course Title: Develop and apply aural perception skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: PERF5084C

Course Title: Develop and apply aural perception skills

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4372 - Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production)

Course Contact: Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 45

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 apply knowledge of music styles to music industry work and learning. 

It introduces the student to critical listening skills, which can be applied to the range of tasks undertaken by the sound engineer/producer.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAMLT301 Develop and apply aural perception skills


1. Identify areas for aural skill development

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plan development of aural perception skills in consultation with appropriate people

1.2 Investigate the uses of aural perception and recognition skills

1.3 Establish, for nominated music genres and styles, the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic music components and structures for recognition, in consultation with appropriate people


2. Develop methods for the aural recognition of music

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Examine conventions of language and terminology connected to relevant music structures

2.2 Investigate ways of hearing music, as well as listening for and naming relevant music structures

2.3 Investigate music writing conventions connected with aural skill development

2.4 Explore rhythmic, melodic and harmonic structures connected with aural skill development


3. Practise aural recognition of music

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify aural recognition requirements through discussion with appropriate people

3.2 Practise and develop the aural recognition of music structures

3.3 Adhere to conventions of terminology and align recognition with notated music

3.4 Reproduce basic music structures by playing them on basic instruments, voice or body percussion


4. Evaluate progress of aural skills development

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Seek feedback on skill development from appropriate people

4.2 Identify personal strengths and weaknesses as a means of improving own work

4.3 Evaluate overall effectiveness of learning methods in the development of aural perception skills

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be have the knowledge and skills to effectively work as a music producer and or engineer, working with clients across a number of musical genres.

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to: 
Class delivery (face to face lectures)
Studio work
Peer teaching & class presentations
Group Discussions
Out of class learning activities include, but are not limited to
Online research
Music production project based work
Teacher directed learning and assessment 


Teaching Schedule



Class content





Class 1

Introduction, module overview and assessment review
Online presence:
* Google+ Communities as primary online delivery support and assessment portal
* Blackboard & use as assessment & delivery support tool
Discussion and exercise on genre comparison



Class 2

History and development of recorded sound & recording technology 
Introduction to major assessment  - demonstration
Assessment 3 commences 

Assessment 3 


Class 3

Musical Structures – Critical v Analytical listening;
Audio Production Lexicon 
Genre Studies / Discussion – comparison



Class 4

Instrumental & sonic analysis – listening test A
History of Sound part 2
Assessment 1- listening test

Assessment 1

Assessment 1

Class 5

Pre-production and production techniques & strategies
Assessing and solving technical problems in recording 
Compression & Sidechain pt 1



Class 6

The Producer – the history, legacy and role of the producer
Compression & Sidechain pt 2
Genre Studies – EG Disco, Funk, Punk, Reggae



Class 7

Genre Study – Metal

Genre Study – Hip – Hop, Electronica

Major project (Remix) review



Class 8

Module Revision, Listening Test B

Assessment 2 - Listening test

Assessment 2

Assessment 2

Class 9

Module Revision
Genre study review
Remix presentations 
Assessment 3


Assessment 3

Class 10

Final listening test

Assessment 4 - Listening test

Assessment 4

Assessment 4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You are expected to supply: 

NOTE TAKING MATERIALS – EG Note paper & pen, or electronic equivalent in order to take class notes as required.

DAW SYSTEM (Digital Audio Workstation) - Access to DAW software / hardware suite, as required to complete your submission. If you do not have suitable equipment at home, access to systems may be organized by request through RMIT Sound Production staff.

DATA STORAGE - EG USB / “thumb” drive, portable hard drive to save your work. Pease ensure you have backups at all times. Hard Drives fail.

ACCESS TO GOOGLE+ COMMUNITIES – Google+ Communities will be used for some online delivery support, and as the sole assessment submission portal for this unit, so access will be required.

This unit requires approximately 20 hours out of class audio editing time, which may be at home if you possess the required software, or on campus if not.
Please consult lecturers if unsure or if you require access to on campus equipment.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based around in class and out of class listening tests (formative assessments), and practical music production work undertaken outside of class time (summative assessment).

You will evidence the ability to:

  • hear and identify basic music structures
  • use music terminology applicable to the music structures and styles
  • demonstrate aural recognition
  • integrate feedback from others into evaluation of own aural skill development.

Assessment will be made through practical project application and listening / knowledge tests.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.  Once you have demonstrated competency, you will also receive a grade for Assessment Tasks 3 & 4, which will reflect your final grade for the course.

Assessment Task 1: Listening Test A (class 4)
Ungraded Assessment 
Due: Class 4 

Assessment Task 2: Listening Text B (Class 8)
Ungraded Assessment 
Due: Class 8 

Assessment Task 3: Genre Presentation (Delivered Class 2; due Class 9). 
For this assessment you will undertake a simple song remix of a supplied file. You will be required to rework the song according to the following specific requirements: 
- Rework song to supplied Genre 
- Re-arrange song structure to supplied structure request 
- Add a minimum of one tuned instrument sound in song’s key 
- Present your mix to the class through the allocated Google+ portal for the unit
Graded Assessment 
Due: Class 9 

Task 4: Listening & Production knowledge analysis test (Class 10)

This assessment is part a listening test, and part a knowledge test, covering topics from the various classes, as well as reviewing sounds and music though aural perception methods.

Grades used in this course are as follows: 
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

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


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.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

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.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

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


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