Course Title: Operate complex lighting

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: EEET7326C

Course Title: Operate complex lighting

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5332 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Rebekha Naim
Phone: 03 9925 4849

Nominal Hours: 155

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

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to use the full capabilities of contemporary lighting systems in ways that are consistent with the aesthetic vision of productions in the screen, media, entertainment and events industries. Lighting operation skills are developed through practice and you will learn to work autonomously and in a team environment as you take responsibility for creating quality lighting installations.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUALGT401 Operate complex lighting


2. Connect and format advanced fixtures.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check console fixture library to ensure correct inventory exists and is operational
2.2 Connect console to advanced fixtures through appropriate control protocols and check to ensure designer’s control requirements can be achieved
2.3 Test the capabilities of advanced fixtures through experimentation
2.4 Set up soft patch required for productions to ensure advanced fixtures are connected to appropriate control surfaces
2.5 Format palettes for advanced fixtures according to design requirements
2.6 Maintain electronic and paper plots to take account of changes to original set-up


3. Program consoles to receive pre-recorded material from external sources.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess protocol, program type and connectivity of external source material for compatibility with main console
3.2 Complete appropriate backups of external source material prior to transfer to main console
3.3 Assess the need for changes to source material and determine whether changes can be made on external device of main console
3.4 Set up main console and external device, transfer material and check that transfer was successful


1. Determine production requirements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Review production documentation to establish creative and technical parameters, as well as timelines for work
1.2 Liaise with relevant personnel to determine scope of lighting requirements and production parameters
1.3 Assess the capabilities of equipment to deliver required lighting effects and find ways to overcome deficiencies as required


4. Plot and operate cues.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 In consultation with relevant personnel, determine the cue types and effects required
4.2 Record cues that include advanced fixture types, standard cues and effects within agreed timeframe
4.3 Create, use and recall palettes
4.4 Participate in technical rehearsals and discussions to test cues and effects
4.5 Modify cues as required and update cue sheets and other documentation accordingly
4.6 Operate cues during shows to create the required lighting effects
4.7 Resolve operational problems with lighting with minimal disruption to performances


5. Complete post-show procedures.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Execute power down and disassemble equipment safely
5.2 Pack and store equipment and accessories according to safety regulations and production requirements
5.3 Clean work environment after use, and restore environment to previous condition
5.4 Contribute to evaluations of productions and implement recommendations aimed at improving effectiveness of lighting operations
5.5 Seek feedback from relevant personnel on own work performance and note areas for improvement

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 also be able to:

  • record lighting cues to produce a wide range of effects
  • connect and format advanced fixtures to lighting control systems
  • operate a complex lighting control system during at least two performances
  • meet work deadlines
  • work collaboratively

Details of Learning Activities

• lecture and class discussions
• peer learning & sharing of knowledge
• research
• group activities/projects
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
• simulated work place activities

Out of-class self-directed learner activities for this course include, but are not limited to; private research, revision of notes to reinforce classroom content, preparation for assessment, possible out of class assessment tasks. This will be monitored during classes through question/answer sessions.

Teaching Schedule

Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

<thead> <th scope="col">Class number</th> <th scope="col">Topics/themes</th> <th scope="col">Assessment activities</th> <th scope="col">Elements covered</th> </thead>
1The role of lighting systems and the lighting crew in production. Overview of course and assessments.  1
2Explination of terms, lighting technology and DMX (short video). Angles prac.  1
3Standard lighting systems and documentation  1
4Complex lighting systems and documentation  1
5What is invloved in Operating Production Lighting, who has done it and what is invloved.  1 - 4
6Programming of a typical 2-preset desk. Introduction to programmable consoles  2-4
7Layout and soft patching on various consoles  2-4
8Intro to visualisation and home exerciseTask 1 1
9Work shopping of lighting show on complex desks in small groups  1 - 4
10Work shopping of lighting show on complex desks in small groups & feedback  1 - 4
11Lighting Theory exercise - documentation for a band in Kaliede Theatre  1
12Work shopping of lighting show on complex desks in small groups  1 - 4
13Work shopping of lighting show on complex desks in small groups  1 - 4
14Lighting Theory exercise - documentation for a fashion show  1
15Work shopping of lighting show on complex desks in small groups & feedback  1 - 4
16Class lecture and discussion from professional industry speaker  1
17Intro to computer lighting control and operation 2-4
18Patching and operation of computer lighting consoles and programming with moving lights and effects or using visualisation software on M-Series 2-4
19Patching and operation of computer lighting consoles and programming with moving lights and effects or using Visulalisation software on M-Series consoles/computers 2-4
20Work shopping of lighting show on complex desks in small groups & feedback 1 - 4
21Work shopping of lighting show on complex desks in small groups & feedback 1 - 4
22Work shopping of lighting show on complex desks in small groups & feedback 1 - 4
23Work shopping of lighting show on complex desks in small groups & feedback 1 - 4
24Elements overview 1 - 4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



You are advised to look at the course links and references in Blackboard for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

Your teacher will provide you with the necessary resources in classes and it is recommended that you bring note taking materials, a multitool, torch, electrical tape, small shifter and steel cap shoes.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessments to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment and once you have demonstrated competency, you will receive a grade for Assessment Task 2.

Assessment Tasks

1. Theory test in Blackboard (UNGRADED ASSESSMENT)

This is an examination of your technical knowledge and you are expected to answer a range of multiple-choice, short and long answer questions related to the competency unit, class notes/discussions and the course material on Blackboard.

This assessment is due to be completed between classes 8 - 11 (out of class hours) with verbal feedback in class 12.

2. Production lighting work - out of class. (GRADED ASSESSMENT)

In a professional setting in a lighting crew, you are expected to operate complex lighting systems according to the plan following the performance and knowledge evidence on at least 2 lighting productions out of class. Once the productions are completed, you need to arrange to have a meeting with your assessor about the productions and photographic evidence is required.

This assessment is due to be completed by class 16, with verbal feedback in week 16.

Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades;

  • 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

The grading rubric for this assessment can be found on the course Blackboard site.

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

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Student Progress:
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Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning
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