Course Title: Specify sound systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: VART5745C

Course Title: Specify sound systems

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5231 - Diploma of Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Steven Ward
Phone: (03) 9925 4345

Nominal Hours: 35

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

No pre-requisites or co-requistes are required.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to interpret production requirements, research and identify sound equipment components, determine the set up of sound systems, prepare sound plans and direct implementation to fulfill the requirements for sound production.

After satisfactory completion of this course you will be able to:
• Interpret production requirements
• Research and identify sound equipment components
• Prepare sound plans and production documents
• Direct the requirements for sound productions
• Use the features of digital signal processors
• Understand the requirements of an integrated sound system

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU23A Specify sound systems


1. Establish brief for sound system.

Performance Criteria:

1. 1
Liaise with the appropriate personnel to ascertain the requirements of the project
Undertake necessary research to determine options to best meet production requirements
Identify available budget and other resources in determining the scope of the production
Identify additional expertise necessary for the project as required


2. Produce sound plan.

Performance Criteria:

Produce sound plan in accordance with production requirements
Ensure that microphone plots, sound sources, block diagrams and layout are drawn and notated as required
Ensure that a comprehensive equipment list is prepared


3. Liase with others to implement sound plan

Performance Criteria:

Ensure that all parties meet their obligations, adhere to quality standards and work within project requirements
Monitor all work to ensure that it is completed to specifications and any changes required are negotiated, agreed with the appropriate personnel and implemented
3. 3
Ensure that system is tuned to achieve desired result
Ensure that operation is plotted, tested and revised to meet performance requirements
Ensure that appropriate documentation is prepared and maintained as required

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to make informed decisions regarding the production requirements for both temporary and permanent sound system installations.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:
• demonstrations
• workshops
• practical exercises
• reading set texts
You will be responsible for your learning and will be expected to engage in independent research, reading and study.

Teaching Schedule

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.

Class #  
Planned Class ActivitiesElements
Class 1


Course Introduction and Assessment Installation Overview. Interpreting a Brief, Clients and the Tender process. Review of local projects

Digital Audio and sampling, Digital Audio Protocols, DSP control, Software Interfaces, AV System Integration.


Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
Class 2

Acoustic modelling software and analysis. DBX Driveware, Smaart and Real Time Analysis integration workshop.

Technical Drawings and Design. Introduction to CAD and Sketchup for use in the AV industry.

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
Class 3

Australian Standards, SeppN2 and POPE. Hearing augmentation systems and emergency PA systems.

Electrical Safety, rigging requirements, licensing, insurances and OH&S in the installation process.

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
Class 4Formative Assessment Task Draft Review Session

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.
Other resources

Other Resources

Refer Second Year Book and Materials List on Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course..

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 the 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.

You will be assessed using the following methods: The Schedule of your day and time will be availabel on blackboard

Formative Assessment

1. Sound System design (draft)

(1) Block Diagram, (2) Equipment List and (3) AV Layout of Sound System

Summative Assessment

(4) A Powerpoint Presentation* or pdf slide layout of the Sound System Installation
detailing the following criteria:

1. Sound System Fundamentals
2. Meeting the Brief Requirements
3. Optimising the individual Sound Sources
4. Equipment Knowledge (Getting to know the Gear)
5. Fine Tuning the Sound System
6. Commissioning the Sound System
7. OH&S for the install
8. Time Management

For further details on the assessments and information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this course are as follows:

CHD   Competent with High Distinction
CD      Competent with Distinction
CC      Competent with Credit
CAG   Competent Acheived - Graded
NYC    Not yet Competent
DNS    Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

Part of the course assessment involves group participation and presenting technical information in front of a small audience.

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.

The major learning experience involves theory and practical training and assessment sessions, including individual and group practical exercises. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to achieve competency in this unit.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

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

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

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

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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