CT4008: Digital Media Design and Development

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CT4008: Digital Media Design and Development

Module Title Digital Media Design and Development
Module Code CT4008
Module Tutor Zayd Dawood
School Business School
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

Introduction to the use of design principles, usability guidelines and the incorporation of ideas from design style movements in the production of digital media. Introduces the timeline metaphor for multimedia production and authoring for delivery via a variety of platforms eg: CD-ROM, the Internet, mobile devices etc. This module encourages an exploration of the design background to the creation of multimedia and develops practical skills in media editing and authoring tools using both bit-mapped and vector approaches.

Indicative Syllabus

The module covers vector drawing, animation, the use of sound and video on the web, scripting and the design of such media for delivery on both desktop and mobile devices.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. understand the technical requirements of a specification for digital media for the web,
  2. appreciate the need for constructing a prototype representation of a product during the design phase,
  3. use an authoring tool based on a timeline metaphor to produce interactive and non-interactive multimedia for delivery via the web,
  4. understand the need for evaluating the quality of media from a variety of viewpoints eg: aesthetic quality, technical download efficiency, usability etc.
  5. understand  the usability implications of synchronising time-based media to events triggered both by user and system,
  6. create a portfolio of digital media illustrating a range of concepts including a range of information search techniques and presenting these using the Harvard referencing.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 2000 words or equivalent
002: 50% Coursework: Group work, other: 2000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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