Module Title:Production Management
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: A combination of lectures, tutorials, screenings, workshops and exercises will drive the module.
Module Aim: To equip students with analytical and practical skills, guidelines and theoretical framework necessary for the effective and efficient story planning and production management of TV programmes.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the production manager’s roles in key phases of the TV production.
LO2 Apply essential Production Management knowledge to various production scenarios
LO3 A capacity and competence to plan and troubleshoot throughout a production, apply the administrative methodologies, financial systems, and legal requirements, as well as effectively communicate and manage all aspects of a production.
LO4 Illustrate effective production management of a production from start to finish.
LO5 An in-depth knowledge and application of the pre-production story planning involved in two or more genres.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Overview of Production Management
The role of the production manager
Systems and cost controls

Creating budgets

Managing budgets

Time management
Creating a schedule

Managing a schedule
Guide to the essential documentation
Call sheets, release forms, risk assessment etc.
Health and Safety
Identifying health and safety issues on-location, on-set and in studio.

Managing health and safety
Managing rights and compliance both within Ireland and internationally
Effective communication
Dealing with the broadcaster and/or funder
The Business of Production Management


Fair dealing
Negotiating contracts, hiring and firing
Setting up domestic shoots

Foreign filming
Crossover between production staff and production manager
Case Studies
Archive and copyright
Video, film, stills and digital images
A guide to rights for music
Managing People
Dealing with unforeseen production problems and human error
Risk Assessment
Identifying and management risks for domestic and foreign shoots in high risk environments
Identifying and Dealing with Legal Issues
Defamation: Slander and Libel


‘Public interest’ versus ‘of interest to the public’
Story Planning
Pre-production planning for breaking news stories

Secret and Covert Filming
Ethical consideration

Broadcaster guidelines (RTE)

Production management in each stage of production: case studies
Pre-production Production Post production
Interview Planning for various genres



Getting the best out of your contributors

Ethical considerations
Story planning for long form TV

Family Drama

Suspense or Action

Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation

Introduction to Production Management: key skills

Students are presented with three problematic production management scenarios that they will have to troubleshoot and in doing so, their communications skills, problem solving and time management skills and knowledge will be tested and applied.

Law: Defamation

Students are asked a series of short questions

1,3 20.00 Week 4
Practical/Skills Evaluation

Risk Assessment

Students will view an award-winning RTÉ documentary filmed in a hostile environment and will carry out a full risk assessment for the production.

Ethics and Secret Filming

Students are tasked with the job of preparing a proposal for a broadcaster from whom they’re seeking permission to carry out undercover filming. Guidelines and ethics as covered in class form the basis of this proposal.

1,2,3 20.00 Week 10
Practical/Skills Evaluation

Schedules, essential documents, health and safety, rights, permissions and compliance

In this two-part assessment students will firstly view a factual TV programme and acting as production managers, they will write a call sheet (for a particular day’s shoot which will be identified) and also a schedule for the full production.

Secondly, they will also identify all material that needs to be cleared (music, archive, contributors, art work etc) and identify any health and safety concerns from both a Production Management point of view, and also from an insurance point of view, and how best to deal with them.

1,2,3,4 20.00 Week 15
Practical/Skills Evaluation

Interview Planning and Interview skills

In pairs, students are set a practical exercise in which they have to plan an interview for the six o’clock TV news on the same day. One student will take on the role of the production manager and the other the job of producer. They will be given their story assignment on the day at an ‘editorial meeting’ and will have under two hours to execute the planning and production management of their assignment.
1,2,5 10.00 Week 22
Practical/Skills Evaluation

Story Planning long form TV

Students will view an episode from a hit TV show and will be asked to work backwards, breaking down the story planning under the headings and analysis used in class.
5 20.00 Week 27
Practical/Skills Evaluation

Production Management of a documentary

Students will be given a documentary which they will have to production manage from start to finish (cross-over with documentary module).
1,2,3,4 10.00 Week 30
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Every Week 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 6.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EETVM_D Bachelor of Science in TV and Media Production 5 Mandatory
CW_EETVM_B Bachelor of Science(Honours) in TV and Media Production 5 Mandatory