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FIT2026 Sound and video - Semester 1 , 2008

Unit leader :

Mark Power

Lecturer(s) :


  • Ruben Hopmans
  • Mark Power


Unit synopsis

FIT2026Sound and Video Credit Points: 6
Semester 1, 2008       

Campus: Berwick Campus
Mode:On-campus study
Workload:On campus : 1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio, 8 hours self-directed reading, preparation and research.

This unit, like all Monash units, is built on the assumption that you will spend twelve hours a week attending lectures and tutorials, working your way through unit study material and completing assignments.

The principal focus of this unit will be on the authoring tools used to create motion based digital audiovisual content applied in areas such as education, corporate profiling, documentary and animation as used in video, CD ROM and DVD production, and the management and control of the multimedia development process. Students will undertake a mixture of formal lectures tutorials and studio work.
They will be required to undertake project and research development work, both by themselves and in groups. The projects will aim to provide practice in identifying multimedia opportunities and specifying product and system requirements, and in building multimedia products and system components. Project work will be carried out under the supervision of a member of the academic staff, and wherever possible the projects will be drawn from real life clients.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have a theoretical and conceptual understanding of:

  • the nature of the multimedia system development process, and the tasks and management processes associated with it;
  • the characteristics of computer hardware and software which are used in the development of multimedia systems related to sound and video content;
  • the working environment in which multimedia systems are developed and the tools and techniques which are used to manage the development process;
  • the need for management and control of the multimedia development process and the contribution which management tools and techniques can make to this process;
  • the nature of the interaction between multimedia systems developers and their clients, and the responsibilities of the systems developer towards their client.

At the completion of this unit students will have developed attitudes that enable them to:

  • demonstrate a positive approach to teamwork, allowing them to work as part of a project team.

At the completion of this unit students will have the skills to:

  • prepare a project plan for carrying out the development and implementation of a sound/video based multimedia system;
  • effectively make use of sound recording hardware and sound editing software;
  • effectively make use of digital camera techniques and appropriate lighting;
  • edit digital video in post production;
  • author a DVD based multimedia product based on a group created movie of 5 - 10 mins.

At the completion of this unit students will have developed the teamwork skills needed to:

  • manage the group nature of this unit develops student communication skills, teamwork skills, leadership and management skills;
  • demonstrate through liaison with external clients and students, the development of business and negotiating skills.


Mode:On-campus study
Workload:On campus : 1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio, 8 hours self-directed reading, preparation and research.

Unit relationships


FIT2026 Sound and Video requires that you have already completed VCM1002. This prerequisite is necessary in order to provide a basic knowledge of appropriate multimedia applications which will be extended upon within this unit.


FIT2026 is a core unit in the Multimedia stream of the Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems. It is a prerequisite for FIT3008 Digital Video Post Production. Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed VCM1002 , or equivalent. 

You may not study this unit and VSA3020, MMS2407, MMS2410 in your degree.

Continuous improvement

Monash is committed to ‘Excellence in education' and strives for the highest possible quality in teaching and learning. To monitor how successful we are in providing quality teaching and learning Monash regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. Two of the formal ways that you are invited to provide feedback are through Unit Evaluations and through Monquest Teaching Evaluations.

One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through Unit Evaluation Surveys. It is Monash policy for every unit offered to be evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys as they are an important avenue for students to "have their say". The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

Student Evaluations

The Faculty of IT administers the Unit Evaluation surveys online through the my.monash portal, although for some smaller classes there may be alternative evaluations conducted in class.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to http://www.monash.edu.au/unit-evaluation-reports/

Over the past few years the Faculty of Information Technology has made a number of improvements to its courses as a result of unit evaluation feedback. Some of these include systematic analysis and planning of unit improvements, and consistent assignment return guidelines.

Monquest Teaching Evaluation surveys may be used by some of your academic staff this semester. They are administered by the Centre for Higher Education Quality (CHEQ) and may be completed in class with a facilitator or on-line through the my.monash portal. The data provided to lecturers is completely anonymous. Monquest surveys provide academic staff with evidence of the effectiveness of their teaching and identify areas for improvement. Individual Monquest reports are confidential, however, you can see the summary results of Monquest evaluations for 2006 at http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/cheq/evaluations/monquest/profiles/index.html

Unit staff - contact details

Unit leader

Mr Mark Power
Assistant Lecturer
Phone +61 3 990 47123

Lecturer(s) :

Mr Ruben Hopmans
Postgraduate Student
Phone +61 3 990 47127
Mr Mark Power
Assistant Lecturer
Phone +61 3 990 47123

Teaching and learning method

In semester 1, 2008, this subject will run each Monday from week 1 ( 25 Febuary).

There is a 1 hour lecture from 1PM to 2PM and a three hour studio from 2PM to 5PM.

It is expected that you will  do a further 8 hours self directed research and implementation.

You should ensure that you bring examples of the work in progress to class for discussion with your tutor. 

Tutorial allocation

Students should register through  Allocate+

Students who are not enrolled in a standard BITS degree structure should ensure that there are no timetable clashes with other subjects. FIT2026 runs only on a Monday afternoon. There are no other sessions and the nature of group based work requires you to be present.  

Communication, participation and feedback

Monash aims to provide a learning environment in which students receive a range of ongoing feedback throughout their studies. You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This may take the form of group feedback, individual feedback, peer feedback, self-comparison, verbal and written feedback, discussions (on line and in class) as well as more formal feedback related to assignment marks and grades. You are encouraged to draw on a variety of feedback to enhance your learning.

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem that is affecting your study. Semesters are short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

Unit Schedule

Week Topic Key dates
1 Unit overview and expectations  
2 Writing project proposals/ filming permissions  
3 time code/Live action camera techniques  
4 lighting fundamentals Project documentation due
Mid semester break
5 interview techniques  
6 live action sound recording/microphones/ waveform editors  
7 video compression/cross platform issues 1st process diary due
8 Video editing techniques  
9 elements of digital sound,sound editing  
10 DVD authoring- Compressor overview  
11 DVD authoring- DVD studio pro  
12 Presentations - aims and expectations Major project due, 2nd process diary due
13 review of topics Presentations

Unit Resources

Prescribed text(s) and readings

There is no required textbook for this subject but it is expected that you utilise the library resources such as books, video, CDs, DVDs and undertake your own research.

There are a large number of books on both software and video techniques held at Berwick library.

Recommended text(s) and readings

There are no required texts. Individuals may need to purchase texts relating to thier specific project

Required software and/or hardware

Software relating to this subject may be accessed from several of the on-campus student labs.

The main applications used in this subject for audio, video and DVD technologies are in the Macintosh lab G96. Other AV applications are run in G91.

The principle editing/authoring software will be the Apple Final Cut Suite

Software may be:

  • purchased at academic price at good software retailers

Equipment and consumables required or provided

Students may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to 6 hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Study resources

Study resources we will provide for your study are:

The FIT2026 web site on MUSO where lecture slides, assignment specifications will be posted along with information resources about the software used.

The computer resources are available from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. each day. After hours access and Saturdays are only available if you apply for it online at


Approval to gain access should take 3 working days to complete.

Library access

The Monash University Library site contains details about borrowing rights and catalogue searching. To learn more about the library and the various resources available, please go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.

Monash University Studies Online (MUSO)

All unit and lecture materials are available through MUSO (Monash University Studies Online). Blackboard is the primary application used to deliver your unit resources.

You can access MUSO and Blackboard via the portal (http://my.monash.edu.au).

Click on the Study and enrolment tab, then Blackboard under the MUSO learning systems.

In order for your Blackboard unit(s) to function correctly, your computer needs to be correctly configured.

For example :

  • Blackboard supported browser
  • Supported Java runtime environment

For more information, please visit


You can contact the MUSO Support by: Phone: (+61 3) 9903 1268

For further contact information including operational hours, please visit


Further information can be obtained from the MUSO support site:



Unit assessment policy

To be eligible to pass and maintain your enrolment in FIT2026 you must attend 80% of your studio sessions. If you are absent for more than two studio sessions you must supply a medical certificate or other appropriate documentation otherwise you will be excluded from the unit. If you are finding problems with this requirement please ensure you speak to your unit adviser as early as possible.

Due to the nature of group work in Studio, it is expected that all students will attend 100% of classes.

Responsibility for student work

Students should note that they are, at all times, responsible for their work. All relevant material should be backed up on a regular basis to CD, DVD or Flash disks. The university has CD & DVD burners in the computer labs and blank CDs/DVDs may be purchased through the on campus bookstore. Loss of assignment work due to hardware failure, virus or theft will not be accepted as reasons for late or non-submission of work. Students must hold an exact copy of all work which they submit for assessment, this copy should be held until your final result for the unit is released.

Assessment proceedures for a non – performing team member
If the unit assessor, or one or more team members, becomes concerned regarding the contribution of one or more members of a group then the unit assessor will determine ,using the project documentation ,examination of Visual Process diaries and discussion with the students concerned whether the student or students are making an equitable contribution to the work of the group.

If it is determined that the student or students are not making an equitable Contribution to the work of the groupthey may be deemed to be a non-performing team member.

In the event of this determination being made the group component of their assessment will be multiplied by a factor of up to 0.5 to arrive at a raw score

Assignment tasks

  • Assignment Task

    Title : Concept Outline for a DVD-based Authoring Project

    Description :

    Group based work

    Weighting : 20%

    Criteria for assessment :

    Full description of the assignment requirements, due dates and assessment criteria are available on MUSO

    Due date : Monday, 17 March, 5PM

  • Assignment Task

    Title : 1st Individual Process Diary

    Description :

    individual submission

    Weighting : 20%

    Criteria for assessment :

    Full description of the assignment requirements, due dates and assessment criteria are available on MUSO

    Due date : Monday, 14 April, 5 PM

  • Assignment Task

    Title : 2nd Individual Process Diary

    Description :

    individual submission

    Weighting : 20%

    Criteria for assessment :

    Due date : Monday, 19 May, 5PM

  • Assignment Task

    Title : Major DVD project

    Description :

    group assignment

    Weighting : 30%

    Criteria for assessment :

    Full description of the assignment requirements, due dates and assessment criteria are available on MUSO

    Due date : Monday 19 May, 5PM

  • Assignment Task

    Title : Group presentation of major project

    Description :

    group submission

    Weighting : 10%

    Criteria for assessment :

    Full description of the assignment requirements, due dates and assessment criteria are available on MUSO

    Due date : Monday, 26 May, times to be advised.


Assignment submission

individual assignments will be submitted by electronic submission to the FIT2026 Muso site

Group assignments will be handed in with the appropriate cover sheet correctly filled out and attached

Presentations will be made in person at the designated times

Assignment coversheets

Where assignments are submitted in person (eg. hard copy or disk) an Berwick FIT 'Assignment Cover Sheet' with appropriate identification and signatures must be attached. All work must be presented in an A4 plastic cover. If multiple written pages, must be stapled or bound.

University and Faculty policy on assessment

Due dates and extensions

The due dates for the submission of assignments are given in the previous section. Please make every effort to submit work by the due dates. It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. Students are advised to NOT assume that granting of an extension is a matter of course.

Requests for extensions must be made to the unit lecturer at your campus at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Late assignment

Assignments must be submitted by the due date. Details of the assignments submission procedure will be supplied via the unit on-line pages.

Where assignments are submitted in person (eg. hard copy or disk) an Berwick FIT 'Assignment Cover Sheet' with appropriate identification and signatures must be attached. All work must be presented in an A4 plastic cover. If multiple written pages, must be stapled or bound.

It is your responsibility to keep track of and manage your assignment due dates

Penalties are incurred from the due date at the rate of a 10 % reduction in grade for each day (including weekends) the assignment is late.

If you are having difficulty with assignment submission, please advise your Unit Adviser immediately so that any problems can be addressed.

Return dates

Students can expect assignments to be returned within two weeks of the submission date or after receipt, whichever is later.

Assessment for the unit as a whole is in accordance with the provisions of the Monash University Education Policy at http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/assessment/

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.

Plagiarism, cheating and collusion

Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/about/committees-groups/facboard/policies/studrights.html) and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.

Register of counselling about plagiarism

The university requires faculties to keep a simple and confidential register to record counselling to students about plagiarism (e.g. warnings). The register is accessible to Associate Deans Teaching (or nominees) and, where requested, students concerned have access to their own details in the register. The register is to serve as a record of counselling about the nature of plagiarism, not as a record of allegations; and no provision of appeals in relation to the register is necessary or applicable.

Non-discriminatory language

The Faculty of Information Technology is committed to the use of non-discriminatory language in all forms of communication. Discriminatory language is that which refers in abusive terms to gender, race, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or nationality, ethnic or language background, physical or mental ability, or political or religious views, or which stereotypes groups in an adverse manner. This is not meant to preclude or inhibit legitimate academic debate on any issue; however, the language used in such debate should be non-discriminatory and sensitive to these matters. It is important to avoid the use of discriminatory language in your communications and written work. The most common form of discriminatory language in academic work tends to be in the area of gender inclusiveness. You are, therefore, requested to check for this and to ensure your work and communications are non-discriminatory in all respects.

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities that may disadvantage them in assessment should seek advice from one of the following before completing assessment tasks and examinations:

Deferred assessment and special consideration

Deferred assessment (not to be confused with an extension for submission of an assignment) may be granted in cases of extenuating personal circumstances such as serious personal illness or bereavement. Information and forms for Special Consideration and deferred assessment applications are available at http://www.monash.edu.au/exams/special-consideration.html. Contact the Faculty's Student Services staff at your campus for further information and advice.