Module code: FVP2002

Module Overview

This module is intended to develop understanding and awareness of aspects of professional video engineering as well as introducing television studio operational engineering techniques.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

HAIGH Alan (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 12

Independent Learning Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 6

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Video Fundamentals A (pre-requisite) Video Fundamentals B (pre-requisite)

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Detailed look at the equipment in the TV studio

  • Analysis of studio systems

  • Studio talkback set up and use

  • Video channel

  • Sound channel

  • Synchronisation and timing

  • Studio camera systems 

  • TV communication systems

  • Audio related metadata and embedding in SDI signal

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 20
Examination EXAM (2 HOURS) 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

their technical skills and theoretical understanding of video in film and TV through practical course work that will lead them through the functionality of a TV studio (Coursework). The presentation  will help them develop an overview of the technology involved . The exam allows students to demonstrate their technical knowledge and systems applications for broadcast and film.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework 1 – 20%, (addresses learning outcomes 1-6).

  • Coursework  2 -group presentation 30%(addressees learning outcomes  4,8,9)

  • Exam – 2 hours, 50%, exam period (addresses learning outcomes 1-7)

Formative assessment

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


Students receive written feedback on their coursework and verbal feedback on their practical work throughout the module.

Module aims

  • Acquaint students with TV studio apparatus and communications
  • Develop an understanding of television studio system diagrams
  • Introduce the importance of timing in TV studio systems
  • Expand student understanding of professional television systems and radio communications
  • Introduce the requirements of sound in live television.
  • Introduce communications systems and radio links in TV sound

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify and review studio equipment required for a television production process
002 Analyse a basic TV studio into a system diagram KC
003 Identify timing proceedures required for video signals K
004 Describe the features of studio camera channels KC
008 Group work T
009 Problem solving T
005 Describe the process of managing audio in TV KC
006 Describe the general principles of communication systems in TV sound KCP
007 Describe the system of embedding audio and timecode within the video serial digital interface KC

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: further develop theory and practice in film and broadcast engineering, using both lectures and workshop sessions the students will become familiar with the TV studio system and the communications associated with it.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • One two-hour lecture per week (weeks 1 – 12, with a revision lecture in wk 12)

  • Four three-hour workshops working with TV studio equipment

  • Three  two-hour seminars

  • Guided reading

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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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Film and Video Production Technology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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 2020/1 academic year.