Course Title: Specify sound systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: VART5745C

Course Title: Specify sound systems

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5231 - Diploma of Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Steven Ward
Phone: (03) 9925 4345

Nominal Hours: 35

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

No pre-requisites or co-requistes are required.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to interpret production requirements, research and identify sound equipment components, determine the set up of sound systems, prepare sound plans and direct implementation to fulfill the requirements for sound production.

After satisfactory completion of this course you will be able to:
• Interpret production requirements
• Research and identify sound equipment components
• Prepare sound plans and production documents
• Direct the requirements for sound productions
• Use the features of digital signal processors
• Understand the requirements of an integrated sound system

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU23A Specify sound systems


1. Establish brief for sound system.

Performance Criteria:

1. Liaise with the appropriate personnel to ascertain the requirements of the project
2. Undertake necessary research to determine options to best meet production requirements
3. Identify available budget and other resources in determining the scope of the production
4. Identify additional expertise necessary for the project as required


2. Produce sound plan.

Performance Criteria:

1. Produce sound plan in accordance with production requirements
2. Ensure that microphone plots, sound sources, block diagrams and layout are drawn and notated as required
3. Ensure that a comprehensive equipment list is prepared


3. Liase with others to implement sound plan

Performance Criteria:

1. Ensure that all parties meet their obligations, adhere to quality standards and work within project requirements
2. Monitor all work to ensure that it is completed to specifications and any changes required are negotiated, agreed with the appropriate personnel and implemented
3. Ensure that system is tuned to achieve desired result
4. Ensure that operation is plotted, tested and revised to meet performance requirements
5. Ensure that appropriate documentation is prepared and maintained as required

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to make informed decisions regarding the production requirements for both temporary and permanent sound system installations.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:
• demonstrations
• workshops
• practical exercises
• reading set texts
You will be responsible for your learning and will be expected to engage in independent research, reading and study.

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.

Class #Planned Class ActivitiesElements
 Week 1


Introduction, Assessments and Installation Overview
Interpreting a Brief, Clients and the Tender process. Review of local projects.


Week 2Digital Audio and sampling, Digital Audio Protocols,
DSP control, Software Interfaces, AV System Integration.
Week 3Acoustic modelling software and analysis. DBX Driveware, Smaart RTA integration work shop.1
Week 4Technical Drawings and Design. Introduction to CAD and Sketchup for use in the AV industry.2
Week 5Australian Standards, SeppN2 and POPE. Hearing augmentation systems and emergency PA systems.2,3
Week 6Electrical Safety, rigging requirements, licensing, insurances and OH&S in the installation process.1,2,3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

"The Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook" 3rd Edition, Davis & Jones, Hal Leonard Publishing

“Rane Pro Audio Reference Handbook”, Rane Corporation


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

Other Resources

Refer Second Year Book and Materials List on Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

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

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.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessment.

You will be assessed using the following methods: The Schedule of your day and time will be availabel on blackboard

Formative Assessment

1. Interpret a brief for a sound system installation. Due TAFE Week 4.

2. Create a design for a sound system. Due TAFE Week 6.

Summative Assessment

1. Develop a plan for the installation of a sound system. Due TAFE Week 8.

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

Grades used in this course are as follows:

CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competent Acheived - 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

Part of the course assessment involves group participation and presenting technical information in front of a small audience.

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.


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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
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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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