Several times in this conversation, we will talk about Director's Intent. In the simplest view, we are taking on the study of the media and mechanisms which allow a mental idea to be transposed into things, then those things into boxes that can be transported to the waiting crowds.
In the movie world there has been a hundred years of evolution in the mechanical processes of converting these ideas to light, then the light into the plastics and chemicals of film, then returning that to light on the screen. Each step in the current process is a variation, some added nuance, of some mechanical step or part along the way.
Digital Cinema is a disruptive technology. It is not a matter of nuance. It is a cohesive set using multiple technologies which have each taken 35 years to transform from analog to digital. Because it has so much potential, it also adds the ability to change each detail. Or, from another view, it adds many more potential points of failure.
Instead of knowing how to efficiently clean and replace moving parts, with relatively few ways to control a handful of quality parameters, one now needs to know the basic data of IP, IT, Color and Security Technology, as well as audio basics and the ways to test each part of the chain as entropy guides it toward those many potential failure points.
This course delivers a foundation that allows a person to actually understand the equipment they are responsible for, to be a professional instead of just a cog in a cog-less system.