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MMS3024 Television Drama

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Staffing

Examiner: Daryl Sparkes
Moderator: Ashley Jones

Requisites

Pre-requisite: MMS2011 and MMS2031

Rationale

The production of television drama and comedy is often a combination of single and multi-camera techniques. This course explores how a television narrative program is developed and produced from script to screen. While many of the technical skills to undertake this course will have been learnt in the pre-requisites, the focus of the course will be on narrative structure, the aesthetics of television drama production and the roles of those involved.

Synopsis

This course provides an opportunity to expand on the content and form of a short narrative production but with a mixed single/multi-camera approach in production style. It requires students to build on knowledge and skills acquired in both MMS2023 Documentary Production and MMS2011 Television Studio Production.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will have the:

  1. knowledge of studio drama scriptwriting and how to interpret that script through to production;
  2. ability to undertake a range of crew roles within a studio drama production;
  3. ability to work in a group dynamic to explore the relationship between content and form in a studio drama context;
  4. enhanced critical and advanced level studio production skills, including management, planning, problem-solving and teamwork skills, for the single and multi-camera production style

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Scriptwriting for Studio Drama 20.00
2. Production techniques for single/multicamera Drama 50.00
3. Production management 30.00

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). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2012&sem=01&subject1=MMS3024)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • There is no set text for this course; however, students are required to purchase an External 7200 rpm Hard Drive with Firewire. This hardware will be necessary for use for the remainder of the program.

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.
  • Berstein, S 2004, Film Production, REED Educational and Professional Publishing, New York.
  • Hoffer, A 1999, Digital guerrilla video: a grassroots guide to the revolution, Publishers Group West, Miller Freeman Books, Berkeley, California.
  • Jackman, J 2002, Lighting for Digital Video and Television, 2nd edn, CMP Books, San Francisco, CA.
  • Mollsion, M 2003, Producing Videos: A Complete Guide, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 60.00
Lectures 13.00
Private Study 66.00
Tutorials or Workshops 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT PITCH 100 10 31 Mar 2012
PROJECT SCRIPT 100 20 15 Apr 2012
MAJOR PRODUCTION 100 50 08 Jun 2012
MINOR PRODUCTION 100 20 08 Jun 2012

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:
    Not applicable

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

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.