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COURSE OUTLINE

Academic Organisation: School of Arts


Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Credit point value: 10
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Course level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location/Learning Mode: Gold Coast / On Campus / In Person
Convenor/s: Mr Joshua Nicholas (Gold Coast)
Enrolment Restrictions: Nil
This document was last updated: 20 June 2008

BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will provide students with a theoretical understanding of the technical parameters and
production processes for the creation of video in a contemporary environment. The course prepares
students for hands-on work in advanced digital video courses.

Incompatible: 1504ART Foundations of Digital Video


SECTION A – TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT

COURSE AIMS

The primary purpose of this course is to provide a solid theoretical and technical foundation in the field of
digital video production.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to understand theories regarding
technical aspects of the digital video production process including:
• Pre-production
• Production (location & studio)
• Post-production (audio & vision)
• Students should also display competency in evaluation and analysis of audiovisual production in a
contemporary environment.

CONTENT, ORGANISATION AND TEACHING STRATEGIES

Class contact involves three hours per week including one 2 hour lecture per week and one 1 hour
tutorial/seminar/workshop per week. Lectures will deliver relevant information on key concepts,
contemporary issues and industry standards and procedures; and tutorials will provide students with
opportunities to exercise analytical & conceptual understandings in a forum setting.

Contact Summary
Attendance of all lectures and tutorials is mandatory.

CONTENT SUMMARY
Students will address techniques, technologies and issues related to digital video production. Topics
will include:

Topic Lecture Content


1. The Production Process
2. Visualisation & Conceptualisation
3. Screenwriting
4. Production Design
5. Scheduling & Budgeting
6. Production Workflow
7. Cinematography
8. Lighting & Sound

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Topic Lecture Content
9. Post Production Workflow
10. Editing Theory
11. Non-Linear Editing

ASSESSMENT

Summary of Assessment

Item Assessment Task Length Weighting Total Relevant Due Day and Time
Marks Learning
Outcomes

1. Forum 5-10 25% 25 1, 2, 3, 4 Tutorial


minutes
2. Critical Blog 2,000 25% 25 1, 2, 3, 4 Wks 3-12
words
approx
3. Major Exam 50% 50 1, 2, 3 Exam Week TBA

Assessment Details

Task 1. Students are required to present a tutorial forum. Forums will be based on a critical
analysis of theories presented in lectures in relation to movies viewed in lectures. Students will be
expected to discuss questions presented by the tutor in a forum setting as well as presenting their own
short presentation.
Task 2. The critical blog allows students to report on their learning process and outcomes from an
individual standpoint. It should include brief summaries of each lecture attended (no longer than 1
paragraph), reflection on films and TV watched and reports on individual research undertaken by the
student. The blogg should be referenced in accordance with the university’s guidelines. The hosting of
bloggs will be discussed during lectures.
Task 3. The major exam will test students understanding of the course content.

Students are required to submit all assessment items to qualify for a passing grade.

Return of Assessment Items


Students are required to meet with the course convenor during consultation times for return of assessment
items. Consultations can be booked by emailing the convenor at j.nicholas@griffith.edu.au.

Notification of Availability of Feedback on Assessment


Students are required to meet with the course convenor during consultation times for course related
feedback. Consultations can be booked by emailing the convenor at j.nicholas@griffith.edu.au.

GRADUATE SKILLS

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The Griffith Graduate Statement states the characteristics that the University seeks to engender in its
graduates through its degree programs.
.

Graduate Skills
Taught Practis Asse
ed ssed

Effective communication (written)


Effective communication (oral)
Effective communication (interpersonal)
Information literacy
Problem solving
Critical evaluation
Work autonomously
Work in teams
Creativity and innovation
Ethical behaviour in social / professional / work environments
Responsible, effective citizenship

TEACHING TEAM

Course Convenor

Convenor Details Gold Coast

Campus Convenor Josh Nicholas


Email j.nicholas@griffith.edu.au
Office Location G23, 3.21
Phone 55528473
Fax 55528141
Consultation times Consultations can be booked by emailing the convenor at
j.nicholas@griffith.edu.au

Additional teaching team members


n/a

COURSE COMMUNICATIONS

Communication with course convenor will be through individual consultation. Consultations can be booked
by emailing the convenor at j.nicholas@griffith.edu.au

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TEXTS AND SUPPORTING MATERIALS

Readings will be available on the course website (address to be announced in first lecture)

SECTION B – ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION

If no additional course information is to be included in this Section, a statement such as ”Students should
refer to the Learning@Griffith website for further information about this course” should be included.
Faculties/Schools/Convenors may wish to include information in Course Outlines which falls outside the
specified subsection headings in Section A. Schools may wish to include additional University policy
information in this section, or provide their own information, which accords with, but provides more detail
than University policy.
Below are a number of potential subsection headings (sample University level content may be available for
some of these):
Assignment Extensions and Penalties Assignment Submissions and Returns
Copyright Course Evaluation
Employment Screening Examinations
Grade Descriptions Study Program
Student Charter Risk assessment/health and safety information
The following types of information may previously have been included in the Course Outline but should
now be provided via Learning@Griffith and are not considered appropriate for inclusion in the Course
Outline:
Referencing guidelines
Further reading/additional references
Forms associated with course administration (attendance forms, assignment cover sheets, etc.)
Equipment guidelines

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SECTION C – KEY UNIVERSITY INFORMATION

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

Students must conduct their studies at the University honestly, ethically and in accordance with accepted
standards of academic conduct. Any form of academic conduct that is contrary to these standards is
academic misconduct, for which the University may penalise a student. Specifically it is academic
misconduct for a student to:
present copied, falsified or improperly obtained data as if it were the result of laboratory
work, field trips or other investigatory work;
include in the student's individual work material that is the result of significant assistance
from another person if that assistance was unacceptable according to the instructions or
guidelines for that work;
assist another student in the presentation of that student's individual work in a way that is
unacceptable according to the instructions or guidelines for that work;
cheat; (Cheating is dishonest conduct in assessment);
plagiarise (Plagiarism is knowingly presenting the work or property of another person as if
it were one's own.)
Visit the University’s Policy on Academic Misconduct for further details.

KEY STUDENT-RELATED POLICIES

All University policy documents are accessible to students via the University’s Policy Library website at:
www.griffith.edu.au/policylibrary. Links to key policy documents are included below for easy reference:

Student Charter Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Policy


Student Administration Policy Policy on Student Grievances and Appeals
Assessment Policy Examinations Timetabling Policy and Procedures
Academic Calendar Guideline on Student E-Mail
Health and Safety Policy

UNIVERSITY SUPPORT RESOURCES

The University provides many facilities and support services to assist students in their studies. Links to
information about University support resources available to students are included below for easy
reference:
Learning Centres - the University provides access to common use computing facilities for educational
purposes. For details visit www.griffith.edu.au/cuse
Learning@Griffith - there is a dedicated website for this course via the Learning@Griffith student portal.
Student Services facilitate student access to and success at their academic studies. Student Services
includes: Careers and Employment Service; Chaplaincy; Counselling Service; Health Service; Student
Equity Services (incorporating the Disabilities Service); and the Welfare Office.
Learning Services within the Division of Information Services provides learning support in three skill areas:
computing skills; library skills; and academic skills. The study skills resources on the website include self-
help tasks focusing on critical thinking, exam skills, note taking, preparing presentations, referencing,
writing, proof reading, and time management.

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SECTION C – KEY UNIVERSITY INFORMATION

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
Students must conduct their studies at the University honestly, ethically and in accordance with accepted
standards of academic conduct. Any form of academic conduct that is contrary to these standards is
academic misconduct and is unacceptable.

Some students engage deliberately in academic misconduct, with intent to deceive. This conscious, pre-
mediated form of cheating is one of the worst forms of fraudulent academic behaviour, for which the
University has zero tolerance and for which penalties, including exclusion from the University, will be
applied.

However the University recognises many students commit academic misconduct without intent to deceive.
These students may be required to undertake additional educational activities to remediate their behaviour.
Specifically it is academic misconduct for a student to:
• Cheat in examinations and tests by communicating, or attempting to communicate, with a fellow
individual who is neither an invigilator or member of staff; by copying, or attempting to copy from a
fellow candidate; attempting to introduce or consult during the examination, any unauthorised
printed or written material, or electronic calculating or information storage device; or mobile
phones or other communication device, or impersonates another.

• Fabricate results by claiming to have carried out tests, experiments or observations that have not
taken place or by presenting results not supported by the evidence with the object of obtaining an
unfair advantage.

• Misrepresent themselves by presenting an untrue statement or not disclosing where there is a


duty to disclose in order to create a false appearance or identity.

• Plagiarise by representing the work of another as their own original work, without appropriate
acknowledgement of the author or the source. This category of cheating includes the following:
1. collusion, where a piece of work prepared by a group is represented as if it were the student' s
own;
1. acquiring or commissioning a piece of work, which is not his/her own and representing it as if it
were, by
purchasing a paper from a commercial service, including internet sites, whether pre-written
or specially prepared for the student concerned
submitting a paper written by another person, either by a fellow student or a person who is
not a member of the University;
2. duplication of the same or almost identical work for more than one assessment item;
3. copying ideas, concepts, research data, images, sounds or text;
4. paraphrasing a paper from a source text, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, without
appropriate acknowledgement;
5. cutting or pasting statements from multiple sources or piecing together work of others and
representing them as original work;
6. submitting, as one own work, all or part of another student' s work, even with the student' s
knowledge or consent.

A student who willingly assists another student to plagiarise (for example by willingly giving them their
own work to copy from) is also breaching academic integrity, and may be subject to disciplinary action.
Visit the University’s Institutional Framework for Promoting Academic Integrity Among Students for further
details.

PLAGIARISM DETECTION SOFTWARE


The University uses plagiarism detection software. Students should be aware that your Course Convenor
may use this software to check submitted assignments. If this is the case your Course Convenor will
provide more detailed information about how the detection software will be used for individual assessment
items.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY
Griffith University is committed to providing a safe work and study environment, however all students, staff and visitors
have an obligation to ensure the safety of themselves and those whose safety may be affected by their actions. Staff
in control of learning activities will ensure as far as reasonably practical, that those activities are safe and that all safety
obligations are being met. Students are required to comply with all safety instructions and are requested to report
safety concerns to the University.

General health and safety information can be obtained from http://www.griffith.edu.au/hrm/health_and_safety/

Information about Laboratory safety can be obtained from


http://www.griffith.edu.au/ots/secure/health/content_labsafety.html

KEY STUDENT-RELATED POLICIES


All University policy documents are accessible to students via the University’s Policy Library website at:
www.griffith.edu.au/policylibrary. Links to key policy documents are included below for easy reference:
Academic Calendar
Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Policy
Assessment Policy
Examinations Timetabling Policy and Procedures
Guideline on Student E-Mail
Health and Safety Policy
Institutional Framework for Promoting Academic Integrity Among Students
Policy on Student Grievances and Appeals
Student Administration Policy
Student Charter

UNIVERSITY SUPPORT RESOURCES


The University provides many facilities and support services to assist students in their studies. Links to
information about University support resources available to students are included below for easy
reference:
Learning Centres - the University provides access to common use computing facilities for educational
purposes. For details visit www.griffith.edu.au/cuse
Learning@Griffith - there is a dedicated website for this course via the Learning@Griffith student portal.
Student Services facilitate student access to and success at their academic studies. Student Services
includes: Careers and Employment Service; Chaplaincy; Counselling Service; Health Service; Student
Equity Services (incorporating the Disabilities Service); and the Welfare Office.
Learning Services within the Division of Information Services provides learning support in three skill areas:
computing skills; library skills; and academic skills. The study skills resources on the website include self-
help tasks focusing on critical thinking, exam skills, note taking, preparing presentations, referencing,
writing, proof reading, and time management.