Course Title: Edit dialogue

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: COMM7345C

Course Title: Edit dialogue

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5378 - Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

Course Contact: Rebekha Naim

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to perform advanced sound editing. This involves assessing the quality of original recorded sound against production requirements, determining the scope of the sound-editing project, preparing source materials for sound editing, editing sound in line with production requirements, and applying sound effects to enhance the final product. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Please note that course delivery will be broken into two parts; theory and practical.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUASOU408 Edit dialogue


1. Clarify project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Assess the quality of the original recorded dialogue and sound  against creative and technical production requirements 

1.2 Identify which sound and dialogue are acceptable, borderline and/or not acceptable through discussion with relevant personnel 

1.3 Determine creative and technical adjustments  to dialogue and sound that are needed to meet the requirements of the brief

1.4 Establish a timeline for completing the dialogue and sound-editing process to ensure production  requirements are met

1.5 Anticipate problems that may arise in the process of completing work and plan accordingly


2. Prepare to edit dialogue

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check dialogue and sound equipment  to ensure it is operational and appropriate for the task

2.2 Resolve technical faults and problems in line with workplace procedures

2.3 Ensure that file systems  are set up in a logical way and that relevant personnel have access to them

2.4 Prepare work copies  in quantity to meet ongoing production requirements

2.5 Undertake all activities according to OHS procedures 

2.6 Check and complete documentation  in line with enterprise procedures


3. Clean up dialogue

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Provide advice to relevant personnel on requirements for automated dialogue replacement (ADR)

3.2 Ensure that sync FX  are stripped from the dialogue as required

3.3 Clean up the sync sounds to ensure all dialogue and sound edits fit together smoothly

3.4 Find alternative takes as required and determine which takes need to be re-recorded to ensure that the quality of final sound mix meets production requirements

3.5 Oversee the recording of post-sync dialogue and sound as required, ensuring relevant personnel have copies of the appropriate documentation

3.6 Make regular backups of files to ensure that work in progress can be retrieved if computer equipment malfunctions

3.7 Recognise potential problems with the creative and technical quality of edited material and adjust as required in consultation with relevant personnel

3.8 Present final edit to relevant personnel for evaluation against creative, technical and production criteria


4. Complete work operations

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Ensure track layout is legible, consistent and clearly indicates the range of different dialogue and sound

4.2 Ensure the edit master copy is delivered in the correct format 

4.3 Organise duplication of the master copy, as required

4.4 Store relevant versions of edited material according to enterprise procedures

4.5 Ensure that the work environment  is clean and ready for use by the next user


5. Evaluate work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 In consultation with relevant personnel identify aspects of the process of editing dialogue that worked well and those that could be improved

5.2 Review creative content and technical quality  of edited material to ensure that required standards were met

5.3 Evaluate own role in operations and note areas for improvement

5.4 Provide feedback to team members on their performance as required

5.5 Document evaluation of operations in line with enterprise procedures and use results of evaluation to improve own work practices

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will achieve an understanding of the principles governing digital audio recording devices and the skills and knowledge required to perform advanced sound editing.

Details of Learning Activities

Underpinning knowledge delivered:

Understanding the formant of the Human Voice and how to locate this in EQ.

Pattern of the “breath” with regard to editing between phrases and applying fades to audio.

Repair of mispronounced and creation of “missed” dialogue techniques.

Recognition of noise-floor as opposed to ambience.

The application of Filters types and dynamic EQ applications. e.g. McDSP SA-2 Dialogue Processor.

Dynamics types: Compressor, Limiter, Expander, De-Esser, Multi-Band.


The course is delivered in face-to-face classes.

Teaching Schedule



4 hours duration




Week 1: Lab Class

Introduction to course & Skillset delivery

Skillset delivery

Dialogue Editing Skillset: Editing Techniques


Week 2: Lab Class

Skillset delivery

Dialogue Editing Skillset: Processing & Exporting


Week 3: Lab Class

Skillset delivery & Assessment Session

In Class (Sound Lab) Sessions allocated to working on Assessment 1

In Class: Assessment 1


Week 4: Lab Class

Skillset delivery & Assessment Session

In Class (Sound Lab) Sessions allocated to working on Assessment 2

In Class: Assessment 2

(Under Sync)

Week 5: Lab Access

Assessment Submissions

No Class - Lab Access remains available

Submission of Assessment Assignments 1 & 2 Deadline

Submission Deadline for Assessments 1 & 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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 tasks include a theory test, drum playlist editing, dialogue editing skills and a major audio editing project. Training and assessment will include covering industry standard DAW systems.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 - Dialogue Editing Non-Sync (due week 16)

Assessment 2 - Dialogue Editing Under-Sync (due week 15)


The details on these assessments and the grading criteria for this competency can be found on the course Canvas site. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a range of practical and theory components. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas.

 This is a Vocational Education and Training qualification and is assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard required 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.

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 matrices are available through Program


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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