Module code: FVP1003

Module Overview

This module is intended to introduce the theory of professional video systems, and how the original systems developed and how they influence todays’ formats. The module demonstrates how the signal is applied to operational camera and editing skills and monitoring and introduces industry standards.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

PRATT Susan (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 12

Independent Learning Hours: 114

Lecture Hours: 24

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Analogue video

  • Light and colour

  • The human visual system

  • Luminance and gamma

  • Frame rates and raster scanning

  • Digital video

  • Waveform monitors and vectorscopes

  • Standard video test signals

  • Monitor line-up

  • Video signal and the camera

  • Colour temperature and colour matching

  • The video signal used in visual effects and editing

  • Video formats

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAM (1.5 HOURS) 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

and develop knowledge and understanding of video engineering principles. It allows written feedback opportunities on the practical workshop assignments (Coursework 1).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework 1 – A variety of workshop practicals that will develop the students understanding of the analogue video signal; observing and evaluating video test signals and equipment set up procedures, using the video signal to line up cameras and apply the video knowledge to improve shots for editing (addresses learning outcomes 1 – 6).

  • Exam – Written paper given under exam conditions, 50%, 1.5 hours, exam period (addresses learning outcomes 1 – 6).

Formative assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to individual students in tutorials and practical workshops.


Students receive written feedback on their coursework and verbal feedback on their practical work throughout the module, particularly in workshops.

Module aims

  • Introduce the theory of professional video systems
  • Develop an understanding of the history of the video signal leading and how this has lead to current professional formats
  • Comprehend light and colour reproduction in relation to the video signal
  • Provide students with an understanding of test signals and standards for the video signal that can be applied in broadcast craft skills

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Analyse the analogue television signal KCP
2 Explain the basic features of the human visual system, and how its deficiencies are used in video systems KC
3 Describe basic video systems, including luminance, colour, gamma, frame rates and forms of scanning KCP
4 Recognise digital video formats KCP
5 Identify and understand video test signals  KCP
6 Apply an understanding of the video signal to show the creativity of the camera, the application of visual effects and editing KCP
7 Problem solving T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop skills and knowledge in fundamental video engineering, allowing later modules to build on this knowledge. Theory is related to practice by means of a visual assignment.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • One two-hour lecture per week (weeks 1 – 12), which includes one revision session.

  • four three-hour practical workshops exploring the video signal, lighting and standard test signals (weeks 4 – 11).

  • Guided reading and independent learning

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

Pattern Assessment Type Weighting (%)
FVP1003A EXAM (1.5 HOURS) Examination 50

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.