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FIT2026 Sound and video studio - Semester 1, 2012

This unit provides a theoretical and practical guide to the processes involved in producing audiovisual content designed for informational purposes. It will cover the processes involved in designing and documenting such a project in terms of the information delivered and the logistics involved, the actual recording and editing of media used in the project, including technical standards conventionally employed in video and DVD production. This unit will be delivered in a studio environment with an emphasis on collaborative learning.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

1 hr lecture/wk, 3 hrs studio/wk


Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:

  • 1 hour lecture
  • 3 hours studio
  • 8 hours self-directed reading, preparation and research.

Unit Relationships


VSA3020, MMS2407, MMS2410



Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Mark Power, Consultation hours:

Consultation hours: Thursday, 10-12



Mark Power, Consultation hours: Thursday, 10-12

Academic Overview


At the completion of this unit students will have -

A theoretical and conceptual understanding of:
  • the nature of the development process involved in digital video and audio production, 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 need for management and control of the multimedia development process and the contribution which management tools and techniques can make to this process.

Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • demonstrate a positive approach to teamwork, allowing them to work as part of a project team and an ability to communicate with a client and deliver the relevant information as per the client brief.

Developed the skills to:
  • effectively make use of sound/video recording hardware and editing software;
  • edit digital video in post production;
  • author a DVD based multimedia product which will play on a standard DVD player.

Demonstrated the teamwork skills necessary to:
  • work as a member of a project team.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

Assessment Summary

In-semester assessment: 100%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Project plan for a DVD-based Authoring Project 20% Friday, 30 March 2012,5PM
1st Process Journal 20% Friday, 20 April 2012, 5PM
Presentation 10% Friday, 25 May 2012, in Studio class
Major DVD project delivery and Process Journal Submission 2 50% Friday, 8 June 2012, 5PM

Teaching Approach

Studio teaching
Studio teaching is an actively guided peer particapatory approach.


Our feedback to You

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments

Your feedback to Us

Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:

Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

2011 was the first year that this subject was run at Caulfield.

Student response was positive in regard to their being able to decide on the subject matter of the project.

The subject does require students to borrow audio/visual equiment.

While a one-day borrowing system had been in place at Berwick, the feedback indicated that this arrangement was problematic as it left only a short interval between pick up and return times.

In response, a two-day borrowing system was implemented.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

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  B342B at Caulfield. This software can also be found in Mac lab K110.

The principle editing/authoring software will be the Adobe Master Collection

Software may be:

  • purchased at academic price at good software retailers

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Unit overview and expectations / cross platform issues  
2 Writing project proposals and filming permissions/ live action camera techniques  
3 Video editing techniques  
4 Live action sound recording/microphones/ waveform editors  
5 Interview techniques Project Plan documentation due Week 5, Friday, 30 March 2012, 5PM
6 Good Friday Holiday  
7 Lighting fundamentals 1st process journal due Week 7, Friday, 20 April 2012, 5PM
8 Video compression issues  
9 Elements of digital sound, sound editing  
10 Colour correction  
11 DVD authoring/Presentations - aims and expectations  
12 Presentations Presentation due Week 12, 25 May 2012 (in Studio); Process Journal 2 and Final Product Delivery due Week 14, 8 June 2012, 5pm
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy:

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (

Assessment Tasks

Hurdle Requirements

This unit has a group based assessment component of 60% and an individual component of 40%

To pass in this unit a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the individual assessment, and
  • 40% or more in the group assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit.


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 procedures 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 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 group they 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.

Late submission

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.

  • Assessment task 1
    Project plan for a DVD-based Authoring Project
    This document will serve as the blueprint for the strategies and production schedule for the main DVD project you will undertake this semester.
    Criteria for assessment:
    • Attention to technical detail and scope of project     
    • Clarity & design of layout/ inclusion of relevant sections
    • Innovation in application and originality of concept
    • Evidence of research undertaken and testing strategies

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

    Due date:
    Friday, 30 March 2012,5PM
  • Assessment task 2
    1st Process Journal
    Individual submission: This should describe in detail your work on the main project up to week 6, including commentary on individual learning and tasks undertaken
    Criteria for assessment:


    • Detailed evidence of individual research being undertaken and reflection on your findings in this area
    • Evidence of a process/methodology


    • Discussion of individual ideas designs, brainstorming
    • Discussion of implementation and planning


    • Discussion of individual/group achievements successes and problems.
    • Discussion of problem-solving  and reflection on this process


    • Discussion of new skills developed/used.
    • Discussion of your contributions made to the project each week in relation to your project timeline.

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

    Due date:
    Friday, 20 April 2012, 5PM
  • Assessment task 3
    This is a formal presentation / demonstration of the product, including discussion of the process undertaken.
    Criteria for assessment:
    • Product overview

     Discussion of the project – and the objectives behind its development.

     What options or ideas did you offer to the client and what final approach was decided upon?

    • Clarity of presentation

    Well thought out and practiced.

    Effective communication.

    • Demonstrated development

    Evidence of a creative solution.

    Evidence of logistical problem solving.

    • Depth & originality of content

     How well were the problems/ solutions discussed.

     Key technologies/processes addressed.

    Full details of project requirements will be posted on MOODLE

    Due date:
    Friday, 25 May 2012, in Studio class
  • Assessment task 4
    Major DVD project delivery and Process Journal Submission 2
    Group assignment: This is the delivery of the completed DVD assignment.

    Delivery includes formal handover of all product content, as well as a second submission of your individual project journal.

    The journal should show your contributions and reflection on the project. It will contain written reflections, analysis, drawings, screenshots, and any other material that provides insight into your role on the project.
    Criteria for assessment:
    • Overall design quality
    • Key concepts effectively communicated.
    • Suited to the purpose of the product.
    • Functionality/Technical ability
    • Key technical issues addressed.
    • Overall quality of the product in technical terms.
    • Innovation & originality of content
    • Creative solutions implemented


    • Detailed evidence of individual research being undertaken and reflection on your findings in this area
    • Evidence of a process/methodology


    • Discussion of individual ideas designs, brainstorming
    • Discussion of implementation and planning


    • Discussion of individual/group achievements successes and problems.
    • Discussion of problem-solving  and reflection on this process


    • Discussion of new skills developed/used.
    • Discussion of your contributions made to the project each week in relation to your project timeline.

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

    Due date:
    Friday, 8 June 2012, 5PM


Assignment submission

It is a University requirement ( for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the VLE site for this unit, which you can access via links in the portal.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information


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

If you are absent for more than two tutorial sessions you must supply a medical certificate or other appropriate documentation.

If you are finding problems with this requirement please ensure you speak to your unit adviser as early as possible.
Attendance at tutorials without any work outside of this allocated class time will not be sufficient.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you can make this commitment before you embark on this subject

There will be a one-hour lecture and a three-hour tutorial each week. It is also expected that you will spend 8 hours per week in personal study and research. To get the most out of this time you should make sure you have with you a copy of the project you are working on with you when you attend classes.


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