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FTR1007 Production Management

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Production Management
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 : 100701 - Audio Visual Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Daryl Sparkes

Other requisites

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


Production Management is an integral part of the production of any audio-visual program. This course engages students in understanding the many facets of the “production office” and what the pivotal roles of a Producer and Production Manager do in the creation of a film and television project. Students are given the theoretical underpinning of the production management processes and how they relate to the other production departments. Students gain a full understanding of each element of production management which are foundational to the overall degree program.

Production Management enables students to understand the most efficient and economic way to organise their productions, while focusing on the ‘Macro’ of media business management and the ‘micro’ of making day-to-day production decisions to ensure that projects proceed smoothly. Students will learn to apply industry standards to such production management areas as budgeting and expenditure, production scheduling, contracts and legals and the break-down of scripts into shotlists and storyboards.

This course is designed to provide a skillset in an area that is fundamental to all media productions and the skills learnt will be utilised in during the creation of these productions in other courses.


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, scheduling, legals, insurance and time management. Equally students will journey through the production process, the post production phase and finally the distribution of the production.


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

  1. research and apply theoretical and practical principles of production management (TLO 1);
  2. construct a "pitch" session that allows exploration of story, plot, character and dialogue (TLO 3);
  3. understand the role of the Producer and Production Manager and the processes of the production office in a production (TLO 2);
  4. understand and apply basic financial management principles as they apply to the media industry (TLO 3);
  5. develop and apply legal issues and contracts for media projects (TLO 3 & TLO 4);
  6. create a script breakdown and storyboard (TLO 4 & TLO 5);
  7. anticipate and resolve potential problems that arise as part of the production process (TLO 1 & TLO 3).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Pitching 10.00
2. Basic financial management 10.00
3. Budget 10.00
4. Scheduling 10.00
5. Legal issues and contracts 10.00
6. Insurance 10.00
7. Time management 10.00
8. Storyboarding 10.00
9. Post production documentation 10.00
10. Distribution networks 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There is no set text for this subject however, you are encouraged to explore and investigate other text 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.
Cury, I 2017, Directing and producing for television: a format approach, 5th edn, Focal Press, Amsterdam.
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 2010, Film production management 101: the ultimate guide for film and television production management and coordination, 2nd edn, Michael Wiese Productions, California.
Ward, P 2000, Multi-skilling for television production, Focal Press, Boston.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 65.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PITCH 100 30 07 Aug 2020
QUIZ 100 30 23 Oct 2020

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.

  2. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

Date printed 6 November 2020