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MMS1013 Production Management

Semester 2, 2014 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Ashley Jones
Moderator: Stuart Thorp

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Production Management engages students in a real time project as they explore the four key areas of this role being: pre-production, production, post production and distribution. Students are given the theoretical underpinning of production management and undertake a video project for a local community based organisation to put this knowledge into practice. Students gain a full understanding of each element of production management which are foundational to the overall degree program. This approach allows students to work collaboratively and also within their strength or in an area of interest.


This course will explore the management skills needed for the four areas of production management, including: pre-production, production, post production and distribution stages of a media production. All aspects of pre-production will be examined including identifying and generating story idea, proposal development, project pitching, production budget, schedule, legals, insurance and time management. Equally students will journey through the production process, enter into the editing and post production phase and finally the distribution of the production. Students are working with a 'real' client where they pitch their collective idea to meet the client need and proceed to a finished product. This enables a student to work in a team setting, to explore roles and tasks, to engage with a client and understand the processes that need to be undertaken to secure a production and deliver it on time and on budget.


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

  1. research and apply theoretical and practical principles of production management;
  2. deliver a "pitch" session that confidently includes consideration and application of basic financial and legal processes as they apply to the media industry;
  3. develop media ideas into workable, credible and marketable production proposals;
  4. understand and apply basic financial management principles as they apply to the media industry;work as an effective part of a team for the production and delivery of a video production along with communication and liaison with the ?client?.
  5. identify and apply legal issues as they apply to the media industry;anticipate and resolve potential problems that arise as part of the production process.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Pitching 10.00
2. Basic financial management 20.00
3. Budget 20.00
4. Scheduling 20.00
5. Legal Issues 10.00
6. Insurance 10.00
7. Time Management 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Cury, I 2007, Directing and producing for television: a format approach, 2nd edn, Focal Press, Amsterdam.
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  • Gates, R 1999, Production management for film and video, 3rd edn, Focal Press, Boston.
  • Lyver, D 2001, Basics of the video production diary, Focal Press, Oxford.
  • Patz, DS 2002, Film production management 101: the ultimate guide for film and television production management and coordination, Michael Wiese Productions, California.
  • Ward, P 2000, Multi-skilling for television production, Focal Press, Boston.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 76.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 50.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PITCH - VERBAL & WRITTEN PRES 100 20 14 Aug 2014
JOURNAL 100 10 30 Oct 2014
VIDEO PROJECT 100 50 30 Oct 2014

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.