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THE3022 Stage Management Option 3

Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts

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Examiner: Scott Alderdice
Moderator: Janet McDonald


Pre-requisite: THE2012 and THE2032


This course is a continuation of studies in technical/production areas of theatre for those students who wish to pursue a career in the live entertainment industry. It provides advanced study, training and experience of the stage manager and/or in senior technical or administrative positions.


This course includes the theoretical and practical mounting of a production from a stage management or senior technical or administrative position. Also, a secondment period with a professional performing arts company may be undertaken.


On completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. effective problem solving skills and teamwork in the application of contingencies and strategies for mounting live performances;
  2. management, planning and organisational skills through the ongoing synthesis and evaluation of the production and artistic aspects of live performance management;
  3. academic and professional literacies through performing the roles of Stage Manager or middle management technician or administrator in a live theatre environment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Occupational health and safety (continued) 10.00
2. Lighting 10.00
3. Sound 10.00
4. Running the rehearsal room 10.00
5. The stage house 10.00
6. Production management 10.00
7. Stage management responsibilities 10.00
8. Management in action 10.00
9. Administration procedures 10.00
10. Documentation and oral communication skills (continued( 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Lectures 40.00
Practical Projects 125.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
PRACTICAL PROJECT 1 100 50 26 Jun 2011 All U2,U3,U6,U8 3,3,3,3 (see note 1)
PRACTICAL PROJECT 2 100 30 26 Jun 2011 All U2,U3,U6,U8 3,3,3,3 (see note 2)
WORK COPY 3 100 20 26 Jun 2011 3 U3 3 (see note 3)

  1. Students will be advised of the assessment date in the first day of class. This assessment is aligned with Objectives 1, 2 and 3. Each assessment item addresses a different project. Application of similar skills and objectives across different projects is highly desirable.
  2. Students will be notified of the assessment date in the first day of class. This assessment is aligned with Objectives 1, 2 and 3.
  3. Students will be notified of the assessment date in the first day of class. This assessment is aligned with Objectives 3.

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate skills are associated with the successful completion of this course.
Sustainable practice (U10)Advanced (Level 3)
Problem solving (U2)Advanced (Level 3)
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Advanced (Level 3)
Interpersonal skills (U5)Advanced (Level 3)
Teamwork (U6)Advanced (Level 3)
Management, planning and organisational skills (U8)Advanced (Level 3)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's 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 successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances and without prior approval, then a penalty of a maximum of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late, up to a maximum of 10 working days, at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment.

  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 exam for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Given the details under (6) above, there are no deferred exams for this course. However, if any deferred/makeup work is granted, it would have to be submitted by a date set by the examiner.

  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. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must lodge the assignment at the USQ. (b) All Faculty of Arts assignments must be lodged in the Faculty Assessment Centre on the Ground Floor of Q Block no later than 12 noon on the due date. (c) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (d). Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner. (e) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (f) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM 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. (g) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the 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).

  2. Students are strongly advised to maintain regular contact with their supervisor.

Other requirements

  1. In order to meet course objectives 1, 2 and 3, and in view of the development of vocational skills they entail, students are strongly advised to attend all classes.

  2. Special attention will be paid to the development of a professional work method approach.

  3. The final grade is determined on the total accumulated points. Assessment is continuous.