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FSP1005 Production Management

Semester 2, 2021 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 : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 100701 - Audio Visual Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Daryl Sparkes

Other Requisites

Students undertaking this course will require a personal computer and personal storage space (e.g. portable external hard drive, cloud storage). Software required will be Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel Spreadsheet, or non-Microsoft equivalent.

All 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 introduces students to the many facets of the “production office” and the pivotal roles of a Producer and Production Manager in the creation of film and television project. Students engage in the theoretical underpinning of the production management processes and how they relate to the other production departments. Students also engage with and apply each element of production management, which are essential to the overall degree program.

FSP1005 Production Management is a foundation course in the Film programme designed to transition beginning filmmakers into a skillset that is fundamental to all media productions. The skills learnt in this course will be utilised in the creation of productions in other FSP courses.


This course will explore the management skills needed for the four areas of production management: pre-production, production, post-production and distribution stages of a media production. Students will engage with and apply industry standards to the most efficient and economical 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. All aspects of pre-production will be examined including identifying and generating story idea, proposal development, project pitching, production budget, scheduling, legal, insurance, the break-down of scripts into shot lists and storyboards and time management. Through case studies, students will journey through the production process, the post-production phase and finally the distribution of the production. Students will complete a series of authentic assessment tasks based on industry practice in film making that reflect industry aligned skills and current knowledge.


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

  1. Research and apply theoretical and practical principles of production management
  2. Construct a "pitch" session that allows exploration of story, plot, character and dialogue
  3. Act in the role of the Producer and Production Manager and apply the processes of the production office in a production
  4. Apply basic financial management principles as they apply to the media industry
  5. Apply legal issues and contracts for media projects
  6. Create a script breakdown and storyboard
  7. Identify and resolve potential problems that arise as part of the production process


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

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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, Fifth edn, Focal Press, Amsterdam.
Gates, R 1999, Production management for film and video, Third 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, Second edn, Michael Wiese Productions, California.
Ward, P 2000, Multi-skilling for television production, Focal Press, Boston.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 83.00
Independent Study 82.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PITCH 100 30 20 Aug 2021
ONLINE QUIZ 100 30 24 Oct 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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.

  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 for that item. Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.

  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 items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.

2. forms part of the Bachelor Film and Screen Production (BFSP) program and is benchmarked against the:

a. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include:

(i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs

(ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and

(iii) regular and rigorous review.

b. comparative activities and performance of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film, Screen and New Media), Queensland University of Technology.

Date printed 8 November 2021