Course Title: Realise productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2023

Course Code: PERF5103C

Course Title: Realise productions

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: 


Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 

School: 515T Creative Industries

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5410 - Diploma of Music (Sound Production)

Course Contact: Rebekha Naim

Course Contact Phone: +61399254849

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Mark Kelson


Nominal Hours: 250

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 acquire the skills and knowledge required to plan and manage pre-production and production operations in specialist areas, such as lighting, audio, vision systems, stage management, costume, sets, props, scenic art and staging. This involves planning, monitoring and executing production management procedures according to budgetary and timeline requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAPPM512 Realise productios


1. Plan realisation of productions

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm key objectives and scope of productions with required personnel

1.2 Determine resources according to production requirements

1.3 Develop realistic expenditure estimates that meet budget allocations

1.4 Identify potential budget overruns and resolve or recommend alternatives

1.5 Monitor and evaluate planning process against production requirements

1.6 Develop action plans for realising productions

1.7 Develop contingency plans to minimise the impact of unexpected events on productions

1.8 Finalise action plans and budget, and amend documentation as required


2. Monitor pre-production

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Allocate responsibilities and discuss timelines and other implementation issues with required personnel

2.2 Obtain resources and monitor supplies according to production requirements

2.3 Engage specialist staff as required

2.4 Monitor progress of agreed plans against timelines and production requirements

2.5 Identify and respond to problems promptly in consultation with required colleagues as required

2.6 Identify and implement necessary changes to production plans and update documentation as required

2.7 Coordinate and maintain communication with production departments


3. Monitor production and post-production operations

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Monitor productions during show run and take action to resolve problems that arise

3.2 Participate in evaluations of technical and creative objectives of productions

3.3 Share information from evaluations with colleagues and implement recommendations

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. 

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include a range of teacher directed group activities, projects, class exercises, review discussions/lectures and independent project based work.

Out-of-class activities include completion of individual design and pre-production work, preparation for class presentations and production work. Online research and occasional outside of class time group discussions will be required to maintain project work.

Teaching Schedule

Weekly Course Overview (subject to change)

Week 1 Introduction & overview to course  Introduction to class/expectations/start-finish times/subject and overview of topics. Summary of resources, additional reading and info sources. ASSESSMENT - Review. Introduction to the audio industry, Toolkit including headphone discussion, Local Pro Audio Retailer options
Week 2 Pre-Production & Prac Groups   What is a sound plan? What should we include? Introduction to the studio environment. Students put into Practical groups
Week 3 Cables & Connectors Audio Levels, Cables & Connectors. Basic console Signal flow & Console formats
Week 4 Toft Console  Introduction to the TOFT console & it’s signal flow
Week 5 EQ        Introduction to EQ & different types of Equalisers
Week 6 SSL Console SSL AWS 924 signal flow
Week 7 Dynamics Dynamics, compression what is it? Why do we need it? Different types of compression
Week 8 Neve Console Introduction to RMIT studio 1 & the Neve Genesys - Work on Studio planners - Assessment 1 Due
Week 9 FX & Patch Bays An introduction to Delay, Reverb, Modulation
An Introduction to patch bays
Week 10 Role of the producer The role of a Record Producer vs Engineer / Mixer
Preparation for Pre-Production for major projects. Group Discussion 
Week 11 Critical Listening vs Analytical Listen.  What is Critical & Analytical Listening? Listening exercise.
Week 12 Studio Gear Review of gear in the RMIT Studios & how it can best be applied. Pre-Production Group discuss. Gear Analysis
Week 13 Editing, Time & Pitch Correction Time & Pitch correction techniques. A discussion of tools such as Elastic Audio & Melodyne. When and how to use these tools.
Week 14 Session Management / Mixing Techniques Pro Tools Session setup and session management. How to prepare for Mixing. Click Tracks & Metronomes: Prep of Timekeepers for Drummers. Recording techniques - Live performance vs multitrack recording. Setting up guide tracks. Session Setup & organisation.
Week 15 Mixing Techniques In class mixing demonstration and technique discussion
Week 16 Prepare for Major Projects & Pre-Production Presentations

In class discussions – Assessment 2 presentations to be uploaded in PDF Format & ready for presentation in semester 2

Additional Information:

- Assesment 2 due week 1 of semester 2
- Presentations will be completed in the first 4-6 weeks of semester 2 (additional classes to be held).
- Assessment 3 due week 15 of semester 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.

It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;

a pen and notepaper or a laptop computer. You will need to have either a USB thumb drive or a USB/Thunderbolt Harddrive (or both) to store and manage your media. Your teacher will advise you what to get when classes commence.

The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. is available via your Library login.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral/written presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and once you have demonstrated competency you will also receive a result after your final assessment task.


Assessment Tasks

Semester 1

Assessment Task 1: Drum Prac. Group assessment (submitted individually). Due by Week 4, Semester 1.


Semester 2

Assessment Task 2: Pre Production Plan Presentation. Group presentation (submitted individually). Due by Week 1, Semester 2.

Assessment Task 3: Studio diary and final mixes. Individual submission. Due by Week 15, Semester 2.


You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on myRMIT for full assessment criteria.


Results that apply to Ungraded 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 Administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


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.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

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.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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