Course Title: Edit dialogue

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2021

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: John Phillips

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4913

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Tok Norris


Nominal Hours: 40

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 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 Consult with relevant people to confirm editing requirements with reference to production documentation

1.2 Assess quality of recorded dialogue and sound sources against creative and technical production requirements

1.3 Liaise with relevant people to identify which dialogue and sound sources meet production requirements, and those that do not

1.4 Determine creative and technical adjustments required to dialogue and sound sources to meet production requirements

1.5 Establish and confirm timeline for completing the dialogue and sound editing process to meet production requirements

1.6 Anticipate problems that may arise during editing, and plan accordingly


2. Prepare to edit dialogue

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check sound editing software and equipment is operational and appropriate for the production requirements

2.2 Resolve technical faults and problems according to workplace procedures

2.3 Undertake all activities according to work health and safety (WHS) procedures

2.4 Confirm that required files are accessible to all relevant people 2.5 Prepare sufficient work copies of original dialogue and sound sources to meet production requirements

2.6 Complete documentation according to production requirements and enterprise procedures


3. Clean up dialogue

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Advise relevant people on automated dialogue replacement requirements

3.2 Strip synchronous sound effects from dialogue as required

3.3 Clean up synchronous sounds, and confirm all dialogue and sound edits fit together smoothly

3.4 Find alternative dialogue and sound recordings as required, and determine if any need to be re-recorded to meet production requirements

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

3.6 Backup dialogue and sound files regularly

3.7 Discuss quality of edited material with relevant people, and adjust as required

3.8 Present final edit to relevant people for evaluation against production requirements


4. Complete work operations

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Confirm track layout of final edit is legible, consistent and clearly indicates range of different dialogue and sound

4.2 Save and deliver post-production master copy in correct format

4.3 Duplicate post-production master copy as required

4.4 Store edited materials according to production requirements and enterprise procedures

4.5 Confirm work environment is cleaned after use, and restored to pre-editing condition


5. Evaluate work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Evaluate editing process in consultation with relevant people

5.2 Review technical quality of edited material against production requirements

5.3 Evaluate own performance, and note areas for improvement

5.4 Document evaluation outcomes according to production requirements 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

Learning will occur in class delivery and project work. Some external project completion will be required out of class, including:

  • class exercises 
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material 
  • design activities or projects 
  • class presentations 
  • group discussion 
  • research 
  • independent project-based work 
  • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback 

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 & 3

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

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected 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. 
You should refer to the assessment brief which is available through Canvas for full assessment criteria and due dates

Assessment Task 1:

Dialogue Editing Non-Sync

Assessment Task 2:

Dialogue Editing Under-Sync

Assessment Task 3:

Explain Synchronisation

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 mapping documents are available through Program Administration if required.  

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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