Course Title: Realise productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: PERF5087C

Course Title: Realise productions

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4374 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


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

This course introduces the key technical and organisational skills needed to create live productions for screen industries including television & film. Productions include studio and location based small and large crew styles and involves collaborations with a wide range of production crew.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAPPM502 Realise productions


1. Plan realisation of productions.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 With reference to production documentation, confirm key objectives and scope of productions with relevant personnel

1.2 Determine cost of, and sources for, required resources according to organisational procedures

1.3 Develop realistic expenditure estimates that conform to budget allocations

1.4 Identify potential budget overruns and resolve or recommend alternatives to relevant personnel

1.5 Reach agreement on evaluation methods for monitoring progress

1.6 Develop action plans for realising productions; taking deadlines, legislative requirements and a range of other factors into account

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

1.8 Reach agreement on 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 relevant personnel

2.2 Obtain resources and monitor supplies to ensure that work proceeds according to plan

2.3 Engage specialist staff as required

2.4 Follow financial procedures in relation to purchases and record keeping

2.5 Monitor progress of agreed plans against timelines and production requirements

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

2.7 Treat colleagues with consideration and respect to develop and maintain effective work relationships

2.8 Attend run-throughs and production meetings to identify changes that need to be made to plans and update and distribute workplace documentation accordingly

2.9 Maintain communication with production departments to ensure a coordinated approach to realising productions


3. Monitor production and post production operations.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Action technical responsibilities according to production requirements

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

3.3 Maintain communication with key production personnel at all times

3.4 Participate in evaluations of technical and creative objectives of productions

3.5 Share information from evaluations with colleagues and implement recommendations aimed at improving overall effectiveness of production management procedures

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to create productions for screen industries including television & film having learnt to:

  • Write a program brief, script and rundown
  • Hold pre production meetings
  • Create floor and lighting plans
  • Liaise and communicate with a production crew 
  • Observe safe work procedures
  • Use technical knowledge to produce a segment

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 location excursions/production work. Online research and occasional outside of class time group discussions will be required to maintain project work.

Teaching Schedule

 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.

VE Week

Planned Activities & Key dates 2018


5th February Studio basics introduction. Studio passes. Production planning

Vision Mixing Intro/studio plans/pedestals/camera basics/videos. Roles/scripts/control room/sound/vision mixer/CCU/Router Program/Run In.doc  Tech Specs – RMIT & C31. Key Roles of Floor Manager [FM], Audio Director [AD], Lighting Director [LD] and Technical Director [TD]


Plan the realisation of productions Show Game show ep's

Confirm key objectives, developing budgets and action plans.

Share ‘Picture Me’ assessment briefs (Productions1of3).


Vision Mixer, EVS and Technical direction implications in allocating responsibilities and overall pre-production planning.

Setting Lighting, staging, camera positions and Audio equipment for practice runs.

Mixing and TD practice runs


Graphics, EVS, Pipeline & Editshare

Show draft ‘Picture Me’ Rundowns.  Monitoring plans against timelines.

Introduce production budgets for 'Picture Me'

Assign ‘Picture Me’ groups


Assignment - Prod'n1of3             ‘Picture Me’ Groups 1&2 - Monitor production


Monday 12th March Labour Day Holiday


Assignment - Prod'n1of3          ‘Picture Me’ Groups 3 & 4 - Monitor production


Assignment - Prod'n1of3         ‘Picture Me’ Groups 5 & 6 - Monitor production

De Brief Picture Me productions.


 Monday 2nd April Easter Monday holiday


Identify and organise physical element requirements for 'Coming Clean' and '24 Melbourne' projects.

Mixing, Technical and Camera skills




Pre planning 24 Melbourne

Studio planning group projects

Audio workshop


Assignment -Prod'n2of3 - Show your documents (Quiz Seg Brief and Rundown) .

Pre planning Variety/Quiz shows

Rehearsals of projects (Drama)


‘Drama’ preparation

Scheduled review of assessment briefs (Safety 2of2, Multicam 2of2, Productions 3of3 and Bump3of3)


Assignment- Prod'n3of3  Participate in ‘Drama’ productions 7 & 8 May


Assignment- Prod'n3of3Participate in ‘Drama’ productions 14 & 15 May


Assignment- Prod'n3of3  Participate in ‘Drama’ productions 21 & 22 May


Feedback and review of ‘Drama’

Studio A/B ‘Newsline’ rehearsals

Network 10 News Rundowns

Pre planning Quiz shows

Thinking about next year and future careers



Semester break runs between 2 June and 1 July

 Sem 2 week 1 

1 July [excursion to Gearhouse broadcast facility in docklands @ 10-00am] Advanced studio operation. Detailed pre-production planning incorporating Audio, Lighting & Camera refreshers. 


Final Pre-production planning for Quiz Productions. Review the production schedule, develop a crew roster and finalising production budgets.

 3 Pre-production planning for 'Newsline' collaboration in September. Master control operations and communication, realising virtual sets and 'Quiz' preparation.
 4 Operating a more complex production (two studios) and advanced set up and operation of CCU, split screens for colour correction and white balancing. EVS operation in 3 camera mode.
 5 -8 Assessment - Productions3of3 'Variety' productions are produced on weekly basis until the end of semester. Monitor Post-Production elements
 9-11 Revision of productions and review post production requirements for the quiz shows, consolidation of production skills and planning for Live sport productions and Newsline scheduled for weeks 12 - 15.
 17 September - Mid semester 2 week break.
12 - 15Assessment - Productions3of3 'Variety' productions and 'Newsline' are produced on weekly basis until the end of semester.
16Reserved for Production Factory. This class provides an opportunity for students to get final feedback on their performance during the semester and segments are reviewed in their finished program formats. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Mollison, M., 2010, Producing Videos, 'A Complete Guide' 3rd Ed, Allen and Unwin, Sydney



Basic Photography, Michael Langford any edition

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

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will involve demonstration of practical tasks and testing of your knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

[Graded Course]

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 grade for your final assessment task. The graded assessment task will determine your final result for this course. (Refer to myRMIT for grading rubric).


Ungraded Assignments

  • Production1of3: Co -produce a three minute live program called 'Picture Me'. Due weeks 5, 7 & 8 Semester 1
  • Production2of3: Produce a segment brief and rundown for your own quiz segment idea.  Due 23rd April , Week 11. 

Graded Assignment

  • Productions3of3: Producer/Co-Producer for at least one quiz or 'Live' sport/variety segment in the studio (students can negotiate to substitute as Editors for Drama Production or can work with post grad journos to production supervise their Newsline segments) and Crew at least 2 of the drama productions  &/or news program 'Newsline' as Vision Mixer, Directors Assistant, Graphics Operator, Autocue Operator, EVS Operator.  Drama productions take place weeks 13, 14 & Semester 1 and 'Newsline' takes place September/October in Semester 2..  Due by 22rd October, Semester 2

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


Results that apply to Graded courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:


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

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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