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FITV11-107: Sound Production and Design January 2020 [Standard]

General information

In this highly practical, workshop-based subject, students explore the use of professional microphones, professional sound recording devices, and working with professional sound editing, mixing and design software, such as Pro Tools. A broad range of technical and creative aspects of microphone selection and use, location recording techniques, boom operation, dialogue editing, track-laying, effects editing, foley-effects, automated dialogue replacement (ADR) and the various stages of sound design and mixing will be examined. Students actively engage with creative problem-solving through classwork and bespoke assignments.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:FITV11-107
Subject title:Sound Production & Design
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Computer Lab: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Laboratory
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify and describe the key principles of sound production and design for a range of film, television and other screen-based productions.
  2. Demonstrate the skills necessary to effectively, creatively and safely operate professional microphones and sound recording and mixing equipment and accessories.
  3. Demonstrate the skills necessary to record quality sound in a variety of internal and external environments.
  4. Demonstrate the skills necessary to effectively and creatively edit, design and mix sound for a range of soundscapes using software such as Pro-Tools.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Demonstration of Understanding. Professionalism and Workshop Contribution 10% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4.
*Cinematic Project Sound Exercise Part 1 - sound recording and editing 20% Week 5 2, 3, 4.
*Cinematic Project Sound Exercise Part 2 - sound editing and mixing. 15% Week 9 2, 3, 4.
*In-Class Quiz - Individual In-class Test 20% Week 11 1.
*Cinematic Project Sound Design and Mixing creative project. 35% Week 12 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Introduction to Subject. The physics of Sound. Roles in Sound.


Basic Audio Recording. Introduction to Pro Tools. Creating a Session. Pro Tools Windows, and the M-Box.

Introduction to microphones, Microphone placement.

2, 3.

Recording with microphones, Preventing Hum, Stereo Recording, Equipment settings, Downloading recorder files to a computer.

Intro to Location Mixer & Recorder, Mic Vs Line, Analogue Audio, Digital Audio, Metering Audio - Peak and VU meters.


Importing, regions, adding fades, edit tools and edit modes, Mono and Stereo recording and managing sessions.

Recording Techniques, Boom Poles, Wild Lines, Room Treatment.

2, 4.

Basic Plugins in Protools, Signal routing, Bounce and burn to CD.

ADR - automated dialogue replacement.


ProTools in Audio Edit 1. Studio Setup & Mics.

Foley Effects, Jack Foley.


Examine Foley. ProTools Sessions.

Sync/Spot Effects. Dramatic Effects.


Sound Effects track-lay exercise in Protools.

Music Elements. Recording Orchestras.

2, 3.

Advanced Plugins. Hand-on Wireless Mics.

Sound Design Principles. Final Mix Downs.


Workshop Activity on ProTools. Prepare for mixing.

Surround Sound. Dolby. DTS.


Workshop Activity on ProTools.

In Class Test.

Revision and Work on Final Assignments.


Assignment completion.

Approved on: Sep 10, 2019. Edition: 3.0
Last updated: Aug 26, 2020.