Course Title: Record sound on location

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5350 Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Title: Record sound on location

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 35

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term1 2017,
Term1 2018,
Term1 2019

Course Contact: Course Administrator

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

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Course Description

In this course you will learn skills and knowledge required to record sound on location for screen productions.

Sound recordists and boom operators apply the skills and knowledge described in this unit. They are responsible for recording sound effects and location atmosphere. They are also responsible for using boom mounted microphones and radio microphones to record dialogue in both outdoor and indoor locations. The operation of the boom requires precision and some physical stamina to ensure that the optimum quality sound is captured without interfering with camera operation or the movement of actors.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUASOU410 Record sound on location


1. Prepare for location recording

2. Prepare equipment on location

3. Capture dialogue

4. Capture sound effects

5. Finalise sound recording operations

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to record sound on location for screen productions.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include participation in practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and may include practical team based projects.