Course Title: Implement sound designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: VART6067C

Course Title: Implement sound designs

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6087 - Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

C6087 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Digital Media)
Teacher: Nat Bates
Phone: 99254815

C6087 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media
Teacher: Matt Voigt
Phone: 99254815

Nominal Hours: 50

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 course is designed to give students the skills and knowledge required to implement sound designs for audio-visual productions in the cultural industries. Implementation follows the development of sound design which is covered separately in the course Develop Sound Designs C6087DIGIT.
The course will further develop concepts and practices of sound design, which include audio-visual concepts, audio editing and post production treatments.
Note this guide provides details for both the C6087 & C6087DIGIT program versions of the unit. In  C6087DIGIT,  the course is deleivered in the local class name Sound 4.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU503A Implement sound designs


1. Confirm sound-design specifications

Performance Criteria:

In consultation with relevant personnel confirm sound-design specifications, ensuring that they meet production requirements
Identify and confirm personnel needed to meet production briefs
Confirm requirements with regard to content, quality and duration of sound components
Identify and meet copyright requirements
Hold ongoing discussions with relevant personnel to consider, confirm and incorporate additional or changed production requirements and new ideas as required


2. Oversee the sound- production process

Performance Criteria:

Devise and/or obtain sound components to meet creative and technical requirements according to sound-design specifications
2.2 Ensure that sound effects are recorded as required 2.3 Ensure that the manipulation of sound components
achieves the desired sonic finish and style 2.4 Identify any changes to sound components in conjunction
with relevant personnel
2.5 Obtain feedback from relevant personnel about work in
progress and modify as required
2.6 Provide direction, advice and assistance to technical staff
as required
2.7 Ensure that the final product is delivered in the required
format for playback media
2.8 Make backup copies of recordings in line with enterprise


3. Finaliseoperations

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure that documentation is prepared and updated as required
3.2 Ensure that recorded masters, version copies and backups are logged, labelled and stored in a secure and safe place
3.3 In consultation with relevant personnel, identify aspects of sound-design implementation that worked well and those that could be improved
3.4 Evaluate own role in operations and note areas for improvement
3.5 Provide feedback to team members on their performance as required
3.6 Document evaluation of operations in line with enterprise procedures

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to understand, participate in, and implement various stages of sound production and sound design implementation for screen based media.

Details of Learning Activities

C6087 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Digital Media)
In class activities may include:
• lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
Out of class activities may include:
• online research
• independent project based work

C6087 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media
Learning is based around audio lab environment, and may include:

* Lectures

* Research

* Practical assigment work

Teaching Schedule

 C6087 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Digital Media)

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

WeekClassAssignment Dates & HomeworkElements
1Music 1 – leit motif, character music and introduction to GaragebandCommence Formative Assessment Task 1 – MUSIC
Commence Summative Assessment Task – MAJOR PROJECT
2Music 2 – music editing for storytelling 1,2
3Music 3 – MIDI sequencingFormative Assessment Task 1 – MUSIC DUE1,2,3
4Mixing 1 – volumes and compressionCommence Formative Assessment Task 2 – SOUND STORYTELLING1,2
5Mixing 2 – mixing with MIDI parameters 1,2
6Offscreen sound and audio led editsFormative Assessment Task 2 – SOUND STORYTELLING DUE1,2,3
7Sound for Individual Project 1 – Production session.

Continue Summative Assessment Task


8Sound for TV Commercial 1 - voiceover and spot FX  
9Sound for TV Commercial 2 – atmos and music  
10Sound for TV Commercial 3 – mixingFormative Assessment Task 3 – TV COMMERCIAL1,2,3
11Sound for Individual Project 2 – Production session.Continue Summative Assessment Task – MAJOR PROJECT1,2,3
  Mid Semester Break 
12Sound storytelling 1 – sound design 1,2
13Sound storytelling 2 – sound production 1,2
14Sound storytelling 3 – sound mixingFormative Assessment Task 4 –SOUND ONLY PIECE1,2,3
15Sound for Individual Project 4 – Production session. 1,2,3
16Sound for Individual Project 5S – Production session.Summative Assessment Task – MAJOR PROJECT DUE1,2,3


 C6087 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

WeekClass content     Elements
Lecture                     1
Analyze Tropfest finalist movies vs short movies with bad sound.
Re Introduction to Pro Tools / Logic and OMF’s
Mixing Prac.



3CLASS / Consultation
Recording Dialogue and SFX

Prac Work/Consulation
7Working on Sound Recording For Films and Sound Design Briefs
Prac Work/Consulation
8Working on Sound Recording For Films and Sound Design Briefs
Prac Work/Consulation 
9Working on Sound Recording For Films and Sound Design Briefs
Prac Work/Consulation
Prac Work/Consulation
Prac Work/Consulation
Prac Work/Consulation

Prac Work/Consulation

Dialogue & SFX project


Dialogue & SFX project


Dialogue & SFX project


Prac Work/Consulation

Major sound design project


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.
Blackboard will be used for access to digital media tools for class assessments.

Other Resources

C6087 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Digital Media)

External firewire/USB drive, 1 pair of high quality headphones

C6087 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Students should bring the following to studio sessions:
1 Data storage medium – EG 1tb external hard disk, with both Firewire 800 & USB 2.0 connections. Ideally an additional Firewire 400 connection would be an advantage.
One Firewire 800 > 800 cable
One Firewire 800 > 400 cable or adapter

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include class based practical exercises and project work undertaken in the computer lab for submission.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be
considered as essential building blocks for more substantial
summative assessment tasks.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to
complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a
satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments
and a grade for the summative assessment.
For further information on the grading system and criteria used,
please refer to the course blackboard site.

C6087 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Digital Media)

Formative Assessment
1. Music
2. Sound Storytelling
3. TV Commercial
4. Sound Only Piece


Summative Assessment
1. Provide or co-ordinate Sound Design & Sound Production for major project. (Due week 16)


C6087 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Screen)

Formative Assessment
* Sound Design for supplied ADR & Foley project. (Due Week 12)

Summative Assessment
* Provide or co-ordinate Sound Design & Sound Production for (your) major Screen project. (Due week 16)

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course Blackboard site.
Grades used in this unit are as follows:

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded) are as follows:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competent with Pass
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 are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

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 go to Academic Integrity;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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