Not offered in 2019

Unit description

This unit explores advanced concepts in sound reproduction relating to a 'live music performance' context. Through a balanced program of theoretical and practical face to face learning sessions, this unit will examine specific concepts in sound reinforcement and amplification and compare to established Music industry practice. Additionally, this unit aims to develop the student's skills in the technical operation of various types of equipment utilised in a variety of live music contexts including concerts, recording studios, video broadcasts and radio studio environments.

Unit content

Historical overview PA system hardware development.
WH&S in relation to electricity and power distribution systems
Sound theory
Production planning
Sound design
Analog and digital technologies used in live sound production
Concert pre-production
Spectral sound analysis
Contemporary live sound practices used in the music industry
Variable gain amplifiers and time modifiers
Sound reproduction for other media (social media, television, film, multimedia installation)
Emerging technologies, audio monitoring, wireless controllers, digital protocols

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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