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FTR1002 Fundamentals of Media

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Fundamentals of Media
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100703 - Journalism
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Ashley Jones

Other requisites

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


Fundamentals of Media is a foundational course designed to give students a comprehensive overview of the media industry. Students are given insight into the main areas of the degree program, including: ‘film’ production, multicam television production and broadcast radio and audio production techniques. This course has a strong theoretical approach supported by experiential learning. ‘Fundamentals of Media’ provides students with knowledge about the distribution channels used in the various forms, including new media options.


This course introduces skills required in the area of Television and Film/Video Production. Students will learn the essential elements of each medium and will focus on the development of basic practical and theoretical skills. Students will be expected to attend lectures and workshops where they will develop their abilities to understand and demonstrate technical and artistic competence in the media areas of Television and Film/Video Production.


On successful completion of this course students should:

  1. be able to discuss and examine a variety of theoretical and practical skills in the areas of television ,film/video production and radio/audio production
  2. identify a variety of specialised equipment and its basic operation and maintenance
  3. conduct independent research based on topics covered in the course and present in both written (individual) and oral (group) formats
  4. demonstrate a working knowledge of Workplace Health and Safety requirements.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Crew roles in television, radio and film/video production 10.00
2. Identification of television and film/video equipment & studio 10.00
3. Storyboarding 5.00
4. Standard cinematography 10.00
5. Light and lighting 10.00
6. Editing techniques 10.00
7. Basic operating maintenance of tv/film/video equipment 5.00
8. Workplace Health and Safety on set 5.00
9. Editing storage. 35.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Ahern, S 2011, Making radio: a practical guide to working in radio in the digital age, 3rd edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW.
Dancyger, K 2018, Techniques of film and video editing: history, theory and practice, 6th edn, Focal Press, Oxford, UK.
Gates, R 1999, Production management for film and video, 3rd edn, Focal Press, Oxford, UK.
Honthaner, E 2010, The complete film production handbook, 4th edn, Focal Press, Boston, MA.
Millerson, G 2016, Television production, 16th edn, Elsevier, Burlington, MA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
TEST 1 100 30 19 Apr 2019
PRESENTATIONS 100 50 08 May 2019
TEST 2 100 20 07 Jun 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility 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.

    On-campus: 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.

  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 for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination 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

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.