Available in 2018

Course handbook


The course provides students with an education in the application and analysis of studio and location-based sound production techniques and skills applicable to radio production, video production, sound production, multimedia and other related communication operations. It examines the practices of producers, engineers and sound designers beginning with basic acoustics, microphone types and techniques, various applications of mixing desks and signal paths, and moves on to the importance of monitoring and mixing and the use of signal processors. The course applies this knowledge to stereo and multi-track recording and editing techniques using a variety of sound equipment including digital software programs for sound production. It develops knowledge skills and techniques applicable to a variety of storage formats and recording systems common to media practice.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Be able to apply understandings of communication to problems faced by professional practitioners in the field of sound production for the media;

2. Have enhanced their understanding of sound recording and post-production processes in professional aspects of sound production for the media;

3. Have developed a competent level of familiarity and operational proficiency with recording and sound production facilities.


Topics covered include:

  1. Functions of producers, engineers and sound designers;
  2. Acoustics;
  3. Microphone type and usage;
  4. Mixing desks and signal paths;
  5. stereo and multitrack recording and editing techniques;
  6. Use of digital software for sound production;
  7. Recording on location and in studio environments;
  8. Monitoring and Mixing;
  9. Signal Processing;
  10. Storage formats and systems.  


This course replaces CMNS2340. If you have successfully completed CMNS2340 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

CMNS1230 Foundations of Media Production.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz

Project: Minor Projects 1 and 2

Project: Major Project

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction (equipment usage).

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks starting in week 1