Unit of competency details

BSBADV407A - Apply media analysis and processing tools (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBADV407 - Apply media analysis and processing toolsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Mar/2009


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080507 Advertising  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080507 Advertising  25/Jul/2008 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to compare and contrast the characteristics of media analysis tools to choose the most appropriate software tool to perform media tasks and to evaluate their outcomes.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to individuals in an entry level position in a media planning or buying role within an advertising team or media organisation who use specialised media software in conducting their activities.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Evaluate media software tool options

1.1. Compare and contrast the characteristics  and specific functions of media software tools  when developing a media plan

1.2. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of media software tools that could be used to perform media tasks

1.3. Contrast and evaluate the functions  of media software tools to perform media analysis and processing tasks

1.4. Generate media recommendations which meet advertiser's requirements

2. Use media software tools to perform media tasks

2.1. Use media software to segment target audience

2.2. Ensure program demographics  match marketing objectives

2.3. Analyse radio and television survey data and logs to determine most appropriate media placements

3. Analyse campaign performance

3.1. Evaluate media performance results by channels, programs and days of the week to determine performance against desired marketing objectives

3.2. Compare media performance against expected demographics by program and time periods

3.3. Present campaign performance results to advertiser

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • literacy skills to read and interpret advertising briefs, to analyse data and to write reports
  • numeracy skills to evaluate quantitative figures generated by media reports
  • presentation skills to present findings of campaign performance
  • research and data collection skills to analyse media performance data and information
  • technology skills to apply functions of media software to perform media tasks.

Required knowledge 

  • data processing methods and analysis techniques
  • industry products/services
  • organisational structure/s, roles and responsibilities
  • principles, advantages, disadvantages and applications of specific software to perform media tasks
  • identification and overview knowledge of key provisions of relevant legislation from all levels of government that affects business operations, codes of practice and national standards, such as:
  • anti-discrimination legislation
  • consumer protection laws
  • copyright legislation
  • ethical principles
  • fair trading laws
  • privacy laws
  • Trades Practices Act.

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • evaluation and application of relevant media software options to perform media analysis tasks for at least one advertising campaign
  • analysis and presentation of media performance for at least one advertising campaign.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to an actual workplace or simulated environment
  • access to office equipment and resources.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
  • demonstration of the use of media software
  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of specific software to perform media tasks
  • observation of presentation of campaign performance results to advertiser
  • evaluation of media performance results.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • BSBADV405A Perform media calculations
  • BSBADV406A Buy and monitor media.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Characteristics  may include how media software tools:

  • evaluate media plans
  • perform media tasks
  • reach audiences

Media software tools  may include:

  • Adequest eTAM
  • AdSystems
  • Asteriod
  • MaxMedia
  • Media Advisor
  • Media Wise Optimiser
  • Panorama
  • Prodigy
  • Radioscope
  • TeleMinute
  • Web Ratings

Functions  may include:

  • analyse media performance data
  • conduct statistical analyses
  • develop media plans

Demographics  may include:

  • age
  • income
  • marital status
  • education level

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Business Development - Advertising

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units