MMST11009 - Digital Video and Audio
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit, students will be introduced to fundamental digital video and audio skills and knowledge. By engaging with activities that integrate practical skills and conceptual understanding, students will be able to produce digital audio and video content for a range of contexts appropriate to the digital content industries.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Noosa
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 10%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
The CQU lab computers had Adobe CC 2014 installed and this software is incompatible with the current version of Adobe CC 2015 which is what the students use. This caused frustration and loss of time for the students. Summaries of course evaluations Tasac to update software in labs each term and when this is not possible identify workarounds for students.
Wording of assessments was not specific enough. Assessments require more specific, accessible language and explicit assessment task instructions. Summaries of course evaluations This was the first offering of the re-written course and in the next offering these issues will be addressed.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. demonstrate competency in fundamental digital video and audio editing and production skills
  2. demonstrate an understanding of fundamental video and audio design principles
  3. apply knowledge and understanding about audio and video and their application in contemporary digital content industries.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical and Written Assessment  
2 - Practical and Written Assessment  
3 - Practical and Written Assessment  

Prescribed Textbooks

Video production 101: Delivering the Message
Author/s: Manriquez, Antonio; McCluskey, Tom Year: 2014
Edition: 1 Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Additional resources:

Voice & Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production
Mick Hurbis-Cherrier
978-0-240-81158-1
2012, Focal Press, USA

The Shut Up And Shoot Freelance Video Guide
OR
The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide
Artis, Anthony Q,

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Adobe Premiere CC
  • Adobe Audition CC
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription (student price) is recommended, since it includes both Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe Audition CC, InDesign CC, Photoshop CC, Acrobat Pro CC and much more.
  • Videolan VLC, a free open source media player available from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
  • HandBrake, a free open source video transcoder available from http://handbrake.fr/
  • Celtx, free scriptwriting software available from http://celtx.com/
  • Video recording equipment. This is available for loan on some campuses. Please consult the unit web site or teaching staff for details.
  • Audio recording equipment. This is available for loan on some campuses. Please consult the unit web site or teaching staff for details.
  • Microsoft Office
  • 7-zip
  • Audacity, a free open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing available from http://www.audacityteam.org/
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMerri Randell (m.randell@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to the Unit / Assessment #1 briefing

Week 2 13-03-2017

Editing: The Montage

Catch-Up sessions for Distance students

Week 3 20-03-2017

Assessment #1: The Re-Cut Screening

Assessment #1: Peer Reviews

The Re-Cut Due Friday (24 Mar 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Week 4 27-03-2017 Digital Video Production / Assessment #2 briefing
Week 5 03-04-2017

Digital Audio Production / Assessment #2 checklist

Assessment #1: marks released Friday

Catch-Up sessions for Distance students
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

No classes this week.

Week 6 17-04-2017

Assessment #2: Proof of Concept Video Pitch Screening

Public Holiday Monday / Make-up class

Assessment #2: Peer Reviews

Catch-Up sessions for Distance students

Proof of Concept Video Pitch Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Assessment #3 briefing


Public Holiday Tuesday / Make-up class
Week 8 01-05-2017

Visual Storytelling #1

Public Holiday Monday / Make-up class

Assessment #2: marks released Friday

Week 9 08-05-2017

Visual Storytelling #2

Week 10 15-05-2017

Final Movie Milestone meeting

Online and email Milestone meetings for Distance students

Week 11 22-05-2017

Art of the Title: Genre and Type

Catch-Up sessions for Distance students

Week 12 29-05-2017

Assessment #3: Final Movie Screening


Assessment #3: Peer Reviews

Catch-Up sessions for Distance students

Final Movie Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Assessment #3: marks released Friday

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title The Re-Cut
Task Description

This assessment is a basic video-editing exercise. You are required to choose a video from the list provided on the Unit Moodle site and create a meaningful audio-visual sequence with an appropriate order and selection of shots. You will edit your selected video to a specific length (50 seconds) using video-editing software, export it as a new video file and upload it to Vimeo for Peer Review. As part of this assessment you are also required to conduct an online Peer Review of 3 other student Re-Cut submissions.

Assessment Due Date Week 3 Friday (24-Mar-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Re-Cut video to be uploaded to Vimeo for Peer Review prior to deadline
Return Date to Students Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017)
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

The Re-Cut (60%): Quality of meaningful sequencing - appropriate selection and order of shots and effective use of existing audio
Technical Skills (30%): Demonstration of ability proportional to task completion of Re-Cut - Standard of AV editing, use of software and adherence to technical specifications
Peer Reviews (10%): Adherence to the required discussion topics. Quality and completeness of task. (ie. 3 online Peer Reviews / 50 words each)

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Do not submit videos directly to Moodle. Upload all videos to Vimeo and submit these URLs to Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. demonstrate competency in fundamental digital video and audio editing and production skills

2. demonstrate an understanding of fundamental video and audio design principles

3. apply knowledge and understanding about audio and video and their application in contemporary digital content industries.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Proof of Concept Video Pitch
Task Description
Assessment #2 and #3 of this unit involves the pre-production, production and post-production of a 60 second narrative fiction genre movie. For this assessment you are required to present your concept and plan for your final 60 second movie submission and technical audio exercises in video format. Your Proof of Concept Video Pitch will include industry standard synopses, a visual explanation of your movie using a minimum of 3 video references, production design ideas, storyboard, a production breakdown, timeline and specified technical exercises. Please read the full briefs for Assessment #2 and #3 before beginning this task. As part of this assessment you are also required to conduct an online Peer Review of 3 other student Proof of Concept Video Pitch submissions. Please note: you or your crew must produce all audio and visual content used in your final Assessment #3 movie. If you don't follow this mandatory requirement you will likely receive a fail grade for the final assessment.
Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Proof of Concept Video Pitch to be uploaded to Vimeo for Peer Review prior to deadline
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
Proof of Concept Video Pitch (60%): Clarity of concept, Quality of research and analysis (min of 3 video refs), Scope and scale, and logical structure
Technical Skills (30%): Demonstration of ability proportional to task completion of Proof of Concept Video Pitch - AV editing, inclusion of video refs, technical exercises, images (storyboards, breakdown sheets etc), text and adherence to technical specifications.
Peer Reviews (10%): Adherence to the required discussion topics. Quality and completeness of task. (ie. 3 online Peer Reviews / 50 words each)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Do not submit videos directly to Moodle. Upload all videos to Vimeo and submit these URLs to Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. demonstrate competency in fundamental digital video and audio editing and production skills

2. demonstrate an understanding of fundamental video and audio design principles

3. apply knowledge and understanding about audio and video and their application in contemporary digital content industries.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Final Movie
Task Description

This assessment is the culmination of everything you have learned in this unit. You are required to produce and submit a 60 second narrative fiction genre movie for a specified audience, participate in a milestone meeting with your tutor in week 10 and conduct an online Peer Review of 3 other student Final Movie submissions. Your 60 second movie will demonstrate your ability to communicate a message, apply genre conventions, engage your audience and display your technical video and audio production skills. Please read the full brief for this assessment and refer to the Unit materials for a breakdown of requirements. Please note: you or your crew must produce all audio and visual content used in your final Assessment #3 movie. If you don't follow this mandatory requirement you will likely receive a fail grade for the final assessment.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Final Movie to be uploaded to Vimeo for Peer Review prior to deadline
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria
Final Movie (50%): Clarity of message, Implementation of genre conventions, Quality of iteration and integration of feedback from tutor meeting and overall visual style of your movie.
Technical A/V skills (40%): Demonstration of ability proportional to task completion of your Final Movie: Production (composition, lighting, cinematography, production design, audio capture) and Post-production (video editing, sound design and text, adherence to technical specifications.)
Peer Review (10%): Adherence to the required discussion topics. Quality and completeness of task.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Do not submit videos directly to Moodle. Upload all videos to Vimeo and submit these URLs to Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. demonstrate competency in fundamental digital video and audio editing and production skills

2. demonstrate an understanding of fundamental video and audio design principles

3. apply knowledge and understanding about audio and video and their application in contemporary digital content industries.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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