Module code: FVP1003

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

PRATT S Mrs (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 12

Independent Study Hours: 114

Lecture Hours: 24

Assessment pattern

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

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


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

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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

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

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.

Reading list

Reading list for VIDEO FUNDAMENTALS A :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Digital Media Arts BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Film and Video Production Technology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Film and Video Production Technology BA (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 2017/8 academic year.