[vet-mm] re: 2006 exam

Paul Conway director at ideaonline.com.au
Thu Nov 16 08:51:17 EST 2006

Hi All,

Great discussion....

Since the 2004 exam I think this is the first time the real solution may be
appearing. I do not think the content of the exam has been or is the

Is the VCE exam supposed to be directly related with the Cert III or is it
just an avenue for scored assessment? Is it both?

As is, it looks like it cannot do both.

Can you test scripting without actually scripting anything?

Maybe the question should be that either ICPMM15DA Develop a multimedia
script is in Cert III or out? But what is multimedia without scripting...a
video...a picture....lifeless..

It's not a VCE subject and cannot be watered down.

As per the performance criteria from ICPMM15DA	Develop a multimedia script

2	Use scripting techniques to create a multimedia production script

2.1	Identify a scripting language which involves I/O operations, clip
and 	file importation, and keyboard commands

2.2	Create and edit a script (programming) using object based script
(programming) language styles

2.3	Document events sequencing using a flow chart

2.4	Construct conditionals and loops using the scripting language

2.5	Produce and document a run time for a specific job

2.6	Save the script (programming) in the relevant file format for a
specific job

To be competent you have to be able to create a totally running script that
takes input, has some elementary logic to manipulate data, and outputs a

The more recent objections to scripting in the exam seems to be because (and
this is just a few from the list) -

- it is causing trouble with students not being able to cope with it in exam
 - there is limited time to teach it..3hrs x6 weeks 
 - its unfair for year 12 students to tackle such....
- the exam supposed to represent understanding of the whole course at year
- Please let primary age kids focus on what they need to help them to
communicate with other human beings The tail's wagging the dog in a broader
sense. Industry wants this, Uni wants that.
- We all prioritize the emphasis when we deliver a course partially to suit
the demands of our students but the overriding or dominating force is the
end of year exam.
- While everyone has a right to express theirs opinion, please be aware that
some people who add to the list work for  private training institutions and

None of these are relevant to Cert III only to VCE 

When the 2004 exam hit there was a reaction that it did not fit the actual
competency. Now it seems that argument has been lost??? and the real reason
is becoming apparent.

Instead of trying to fit VCE into the training package how about fitting the
training package to VCE. VET wants to be in VCE so it may have to adapt

Since joining PixelEd and the mailing list, I have only been able to offer
limited assistance, even though I have years of experience in the business
and in teaching...why? because I have limited/no experience with MM in VCE.

VCE Cert III Multimedia is such a different thing compared to Cert III
Multimedia. It has a lot of baggage...

Maybe it time to introduce a scripting competency below the existing one,
just to introduce scripting into the VCE environment.

Is the training package is under review?

Paul Conway
Academic Director


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