Course Title: Develop sound designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: VART6065C

Course Title: Develop 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

Nat Bates


ph: 9925 4815

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 unit of competency is delivered in the class Sound 3. This unit covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop sound designs from production briefs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU501A Develop sound designs


Assess creative ideas

Performance Criteria:

10. Contemplate and consider the ideas selected from the
creative base, reflecting on and evaluating their viability,
cost, technical feasibility and suitability to meet the
requirements of the design brief

11. Continuously evaluate and verify creative ideas for the
components of the design brief based on the overall
sound design concept


Break down components
of sound design briefs

Performance Criteria:

4. Identify and document the sound sources specified in
the design brief to determine the content, quality and
duration of the required sound components

5. Determine and where necessary document the creative
and resource requirements for each sound component

6. Confirm and document the role of personnel required for
the process of developing sound design projects


Design sound elements

Performance Criteria:

12. Develop sound design concepts taking into consideration
the brief and the ideas generated

13. Determine the relevant sound components required to
implement the sound design in line with creative and
technical requirements

14. Establish a clear relationship between the use and
integration of sound components and the function,

15. As required, hold ongoing discussions with relevant
personnel to consider, confirm and incorporate
additional or changed production requirements and new
ideas to achieve best sound design concept

16. Present the sound design in a specification that best
conveys the concept to relevant personnel, including
those responsible for implementing the design

17. Confirm final design concept with relevant personnel to
ensure that implementation is consistent with the design
and that potential difficulties are addressed


Evaluate completed
sound designs

Performance Criteria:

18. Discuss and obtain agreement from relevant personnel
on evaluation techniques to evaluate the completed
sound design

19. Focus the evaluation on whether the sound design meets
all aspects of the design brief, and on the viability of the
implementation plan

20. Obtain detailed information and opinions from
legitimate sources and document results for evaluation

21. Communicate results of evaluation to relevant personnel
and use results to improve future practice


Experiment with sound
components to express

Performance Criteria:

7. Cultivate and create an energy and environment that will
promote the generation of ideas among team members
and provide the motivation and incentive to bring ideas
to fruition

8. Gather information from a variety of sources and
generate, explore and record a range of ideas and options
as a creative base for developing the required sound

9. Transform and manipulate the ideas generated and select
those ideas that have the most potential for technical and
creative development of the required sound design


Interpret and confirm
sound design briefs

Performance Criteria:

1. Participate in preliminary concept meetings with
relevant personnel to discuss creative and technical
sound requirements of productions

2. Continue liaison with relevant personnel until all sound
requirements have been confirmed in the context of
overall production requirements

3. Identify and confirm additional personnel needed to
fulfil the sound design brief

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will have developed skills and knowledge required to develop sound designs across a number of screen and media platforms.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities include, but are not limited to:
• lectures
• group discussion
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• work shopping of students’ own projects

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
• online research
• independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

TAFE Week Class Content Assessment Elements
 01 Introduction to sound design, AV analysis, and course overview   1, 2
 02 Introduction to sound production for audio-visual multimedia. FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT #1 Sound Design 1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
 03 Sound design 1 - Sound storyboarding   1, 2
 04 Recording 1 – Microphones FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT #2 Recording 1 1, 2, 3
 05 Recording 2 – Digital Audio   1, 2, 3
 06 Audio file types. FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT #3 Written Test 2
 07 Recording 3 – Foley   1, 2, 3
 08 Recording 4 – Stereo and Location Recording   1, 2, 3
 09 Sound for Animation 1 – Design FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT #4 Sound Design 2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
 10 Sound for Animation 2 – Production   1, 2
 11 Editing Sound 1 – Spot FX Placement FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT #5 Digital Audio Editing 1, 5
 12 Editing Sound 2 – Fun with Spot FX and Looping   1, 5
 13 Voice Recording 1 – The Interview FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT #6 Recording 2 (Voice) 1, 5
 14 Voice Recording 2 – Redubbing   1, 5
 15 Effects 1 – EQ FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT #7 Digital Audio Effects 1, 5, 6
 16 Effects 2 – Spatialisation


Develop Sound Design for Individual Project animatic or interactive walkthrough
Submit the following:
Sound design Concept – PDF (1 paragraph minimum)
Sound Design Storyboard – PDF
Sound Production List – PDF
Animatic or interactive walk through WITH SOUND

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Portable storage (4 Gig)

Headphones - professional studio headphones, preferably closed.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, practical project work and through the application of learned skills.

Assessment Tasks

Develop Sound Design for Audio Visual Project and produce Sound for classmate’s Audio Visual Project. Due wek 2.

Produce sound recordings employing various microphone techniques. Due week 4

Multiple choice test. Due week 6

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT #4 Sound Design 2In a group Develop Sound Design for animation provided and produce another group’s Sound for same animation. Due week 9

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT #5 Digital Audio Editing
Add sound to clips provided. Due week 11

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT #6 Recording 2 (Voice)
Produce an interview sound recording. Due week 13

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT #7 Digital Audio Effects
Process sound using EQ and spatialisation effects. Due week 15


Develop Sound Design for Design Project animatic, or interactive walk through.

Submit the following:
Sound design Concept – PDF (1 paragraph)
Sound Design Storyboard – PDF
Sound Production List – PDF
Animatic or interactive walk through WITH SOUND

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, but which also use graded assessment:

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 demonstrated 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
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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