Course Title: Prepare, install and test lighting equipment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: EEET6847C

Course Title: Prepare, install and test lighting equipment

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4348 - Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Rebekha Naim
Phone: 03 9925 4849

Nominal Hours: 30

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 develop the skills and knowledge required to install and test lighting equipment for productions in the film, television and live events industries. Skills in setting up and operating lighting equipment are developed through practice and you will learn to work autonomously and in a team environment as you take responsibility for creating quality lighting installations for live productions.

This unit is delivered and assessed with CUFLGT402A Set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects and BSBWHS404A Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFLGT301A Prepare, install and test lighting equipment


1. Clarify lighting requirements for productions

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm overall lighting requirements with reference to lighting documentation and in consultation with relevant production personnel

1.2 Calculate power requirements and identify and confirm that power sources and locations meet production requirements

1.3 Correctly identify patching, colour and focus requirements

1.4 Identify the need for additional equipment or materials and organise timely acquisition according to enterprise procedures


2. Prepare lighting equipment for installation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use test equipment to identify faults and to ensure lighting equipment is safe and operational

2.2 Refer complex repairs to technical specialists according to enterprise procedures

2.3 Prepare and assemble colour, equipment and accessories in readiness for installation and or transportation when required

2.4 Pre-rig lighting equipment as required according to safety and licensing requirements

2.5 Prepare and/or roll extension leads, looms and cables to meet design specifications, enterprise standards and legal requirements


3. Install lighting

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Install required rigging and accessories according to statutory and enterprise safety requirements

3.2 Test, install and hang lanterns and accessories according to the lighting plan, scale and manufacturer specifications

3.3 Install power supplies according to lighting plans, location standards, manufacturer specifications and safety regulations

3.4 Patch lanterns and accessories according to lighting or patch plans

3.5 Safely and neatly secure and correctly label rated cabling so that it is clear of moving elements

3.6 Angle and focus lanterns according to lighting plans and artistic requirements

3.7 Check the safety of equipment both during and after installation according to legal requirements


4. Install lighting control system

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Correctly connect dimmers to power, assign and turn on

4.2 Install and configure control desk and peripherals according to production requirements

4.3 Run and connect control cables and secure safely

4.4 Patch lanterns and channels to dimmers according to lighting or patch plan sheets and location procedures/conditions


5. Ensure electrical safety

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Complete installation and testing according to legislative and OHS requirements

5.2 Check three-phase distribution and power calculations in collaboration with licensed electricians as required

5.3 Check that power supply is sufficient for load requirements and that distribution of electrical loading is within limits

5.4 Ensure that cables used are correctly rated, including three-phase cable to dimmers, and that three-phase supplies are balanced

5.5 Ensure that cabling and connectors meet legislative and OHS requirements


6. Test and adjust lighting

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Test all aspects of lighting , including communication system, control desk and peripherals using appropriate techniques and according to safety requirements

6.2 Identify the need for adjustments and make modifications accordingly

6.3 Liaise with appropriate production personnel to confirm that lighting installation meets requirements

6.4 Complete lighting documentation accurately, legibly and concisely and make updates as required


7. Disassemble lighting equipment

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Break down and carry lighting equipment and accessories, employing safe lifting techniques

7.2 Clean and safely pack equipment into cases to avoid damage and prepare for transport as required

7.3 Report and document equipment that is damaged and requires maintenance to the relevant production personnel

7.4 Leave the worksite in the original or improved condition

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.

You will:

  • be familiar with industry terminology relevant to lighting operations
  • understand the format of lighting plans
  • be famiiar with techniques for rigging and hanging lighting equipment within licensing requirements
  • understand and be able to apply basic principles of lighting
  • use tools and test equipment necessary to install and maintain lighting equipment

Details of Learning Activities

• practical demonstrations and group work in studio
• lecture and class discussions
• peer learning
• research
• group activities/projects
• ‘work shopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
• simulated workplaces

Out of-class self-directed learner activities for this course include, but are not limited to; private research, revision of notes to reinforce classroom content, preparation for assessment, possible out of class assessment tasks. This will be monitored during classes through question/answer sessions.

Teaching Schedule

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

Class number Topics/Themes Assessment Elements

What is involved in Operating Production Lighting, who has done it and what is involved. Power loading and different types of power outlets. DMX basics

Ideintifying requirements

   1 - 7

Patching and operation of a typical 2-preset desk. Introduction to programmable consoles

Completing lighting documentation.

   1 - 5

From Week 3 to Week 7 you will be learning through practice to operate standard and advanced lighting consoles. Your teacher will be facilitating your learning in small groups and will be covering the installation, testing and dissembling of lighting equipment with due regard to safety procedures.

Patching and operation of standard and advanced lighting consoles and programming with non-moving lights and effects

   1 - 5
4 Patching and operation of standard and advanced lighting consoles and programming with non-moving lights and effects Production lighting work (in class)  1 - 5
5 Patching and operation of standard and advanced lighting consoles and programming with moving lights and effects Production lighting work (in class)  1 - 7
6 Patching and operation of standard and advanced lighting consoles and programming with moving lights and effects Production lighting work (in class)  1 - 7
7 Patching and operation of standard and advanced lighting consoles and programming with moving lights and effects Production lighting work (in class)  1 - 7
8 Group work on lighting pre-production and review Get feedback on your assessments  1 - 7

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



You are advised to look at the course links and references in Blackboard for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

Your teacher will provide you with the necessary resources in classes and it is recommended that you bring note taking materials, a multitool, torch, electrical tape, small shifter and steel cap shoes.

Overview of Assessment

 Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester and will involve demonstration of practical tasks and testing of underpinning theory knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive written feedback on all assessment (refer to MyRMIT for assessment criteria). Once you have demonstrated competency, your assessment task will be graded (refer to Blackboard for grading rubric).

Assessment Task:Production lighting work - in class assessment. (This assessment is graded)

This class involves repeated practice of setting up and operating lighting equipment. Your teacher will observe you and assess your performance at an time to be negotiated during weeks 4 to 7. For this assessment you are expected to use the full range of console features to set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects using effective communication and problem-solving skills and a collaborative approach to their work in a simulated work environment.

Evidence gathering includes;

• Verbal questioning to assess knowledge of equipment features
• Observation of lighting effects produced by the candidate


This assessment will occur in classes 4 - 7 with verbal feedback in class 8.

Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Grading criteria for this assessment can be found on the course Blackboard site.

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

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


The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you 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.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (web link)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which people can gain entry to, or credit in, recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, in voluntary work, in social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training or other life experiences. Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if a student has previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency has been maintained.

Assessment and Feedback (web link)

You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, 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.

Student Progress (unresolved) (web link)

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

Special consideration for Late Submission (unresolved) (web link)

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.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism (unresolved) (web link)

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

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