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MMS2031 Short Narrative Production

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: Daryl Sparkes
Moderator: Leonie Jones


Pre-requisite: MMS2023

Other requisites

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


This course allows students to explore the visual and aural storytelling process by learning how to develop and produce a short film from script to screen. Beginning with a history of dramatic cinema students move into an exploration of the roles and responsibilities of a film crew and how to prepare a script for production. Many of the skills and techniques learnt in other courses are used to enable this.


This course develops and enhances students' media production skills in the areas of pre-production, production and post-production as they conceptualise and produce a short narrative television project of their own choosing in the medium of video. Projects may be delivered in a variety of pre-arranged formats. Emphasis will be placed on projects recorded on location although there are opportunities for studio-based production.


On successful completion of this course students will:

  1. have demonstrated communication skills appropriate to the profession by enhancing their scriptwriting abilities;
  2. have conceptualised a project and undertaken all necessary media production professional procedures to ensure its completion;
  3. have experience working with a range of technical equipment in media production;
  4. understand the correct and professional processes of producing a media project including the demonstration of management, interpersonal and teamwork skills;
  5. have experience in linear and non-linear post production techniques.
  6. have demonstrated academic and professional literacy, creativity and problem-solving skills as part of conceptualising and completing a project.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The history of the narrative film and its genres 10.00
2. Conceptualising a short narrative project 10.00
3. Stages in the short narrative project production sequence including script development 20.00
4. Production planning, form and content 20.00
5. Project production 20.00
6. Project post-production 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There is no set text for this course however, you are encouraged to explore and investigate other texts and materials.

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.
  • Block, B 2001, The visual story: seeing the structure of film, TV and new media, Focal Press, Boston.
  • Cowgill, LJ 2005, Writing short films: structure and content for screenwriters, 2nd edn, Lone Eagle Publishing Company, Los Angeles.
  • Kenworthy, C 2006, Digital video production cookbook: 100 professional techniques for independent and amateur filmmakers, O'Reilly Media, Sebastopol, CA.
  • Levy, E 1994, Making a winning short: how to write, direct edit and produce a short film, Henry Holt and Company, New York.
  • Levy, F 2004, Short films 101, Perigree Books, New York.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 63.00
Lectures 13.00
Private Study 63.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT PITCH 100 10 07 Aug 2014
PRODUCTION SCRIPT 100 20 14 Aug 2014
GROUP PROJ - INDIVIDUAL MARk 100 20 06 Nov 2014
GROUP PROJECT - GROUP MARK 100 30 06 Nov 2014
PRODUCTION DIARY 100 20 06 Nov 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 weighted aggregate of the 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

  2. In order to pass the course, ALL items of assessment must be submitted and passed. Individual results may be awarded for group assessment submission.

  3. Students will be required to have the practical skills necessary in order to meet assessment requirements and are advised that non-attendance at scheduled workshops may not provide them with the capabilities to successfully complete course needs.

  4. In planning group assignments which involve production, students will be responsible for booking equipment and facilities for their own assignments.

  5. You are reminded that short narrative video production work is a GROUP activity. The success of some of your assignments will, therefore, depend upon your ability to work with, and through, a group of people. The development of that professional/social skill is a part of your training in this subject. In those kinds of assignments, therefore, a GROUP MARK will be awarded. However, it should be clearly understood that a student who, through default, causes a significant disadvantage to a group production, may NOT be awarded the group mark.