University of Technology Sydney

95563 Storytelling and Sense-making Studio

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UTS: Information Technology: Computer Science
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject examines the nature of the interactive data storytelling development process. It explores data arts creation process supported by data visualisation, storyelling, and sense-making. Students work on data storytelling project in a collaborative environment. This is an 'action learning' subject where students learn by doing. It has an intensive workload.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Outline their own career direction and skillset, identifying any learning needs and how they can be met.
2. Identify the nature of and skills required for successful data visualisation design.
3. Develop project plan and proposal including project quality and innovation, methodology, prototype for Data Storytelling project.
4. Analyse and reflect upon the experience of group/teamwork in project proposal and multimedia project development.
5. Identify the key aspects of successful teamwork, such as interpersonal communication and leadership capabilities.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Socially Responsible: FEIT graduates identify, engage, and influence stakeholders, and apply expert judgment establishing and managing constraints, conflicts and uncertainties within a hazards and risk framework to define system requirements and interactivity. (B.1)
  • Design Oriented: FEIT graduates apply problem solving, design thinking and decision-making methodologies in new contexts or to novel problems, to explore, test, analyse and synthesise complex ideas, theories or concepts. (C.1)
  • Collaborative and Communicative: FEIT graduates work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams, communicating effectively and operating autonomously within cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contexts in the workplace. (E.1)
  • Reflective: FEIT graduates critically self-review their own and others' performance with a high level of responsibility to improve and practice competently for the benefit of professional practice and society. (F.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject includes a weekly 2 hour face-to-face workshop class throughout the session. This class structure is supported by weekly activities, e-tivities and readings. You will gain most from the classes if you prepare in advance and participate in the online discussions. Readings will be made available using Canvas. Canvas will also be used in this subject for online activities, groupwork and discussions, a question and answer forum and subject announcements. More details of the group discussions will be given in tutorial workshops and in your tutorial group area in Canvas.

As a student in this subject you are expected to attend and participate in all workshop classes, actively contribute to online discussions, complete your assignments by their due dates and participate fully in your group for the group project.

This subject is 6 credit points. This means that throughout the semester you should be spending an average of 9-12 hours per week on this subject, including the class time.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Group Charter and learning contract

Intent:

After forming your groups, this exercise allows you to clarify your collective and individual aims, duties, learning needs, objectives and strategies.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, E.1 and F.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 15%
Length:

Minimum 1000 words per group member.

Criteria:

You will be assessed according to:

  • the detail with which you have considered all the work needed to realise the project
  • the detail and accountability of group and individual learning strategies
  • the clarity and feasibility of group and individual objectives
  • balance and consistency across group roles
  • evidence and application of readings on groupwork and project management.

Assessment task 2: Group project plan and proposal

Intent:

This task requires groups together to develop a proposal for Data Storytelling Project.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

C.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 35%
Length:

Suggest 2000 words per group member.

Criteria:

Refer to Assessment outline

Assessment task 3: Group Project Presentation

Intent:

This task requires groups together to deliver the presentation for the development of a data arts project.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

3, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, C.1, E.1 and F.1

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Group, group assessed
Weight: 25%
Criteria:

Refer to Assessment outline

Assessment task 4: Project Pitch Video

Intent:

This task allows students to practise and improve their skills in creating a compelling story telling in the format of video.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

C.1, E.1 and F.1

Type: Demonstration
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 25%
Length:

Video limit to 5 mins (Format: MPEG-4)

Criteria:

Refer to Assessment outline.

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.

Recommended texts

Many of the required readings for the subject come from the texts below.

Goto, K. (2005) Web ReDesign 2.0 — Workflows that Work. Berkley: Peachpit. ISBN: 0-7357-1433-9 (Highly Recommended)

Spencer, D. (2010) A Practical Guide to Information Architecture. Five Simple Steps LLP.

References

Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human (2012), 1st Edition, Mariner Books.

Kalbach, J (2016), Mapping Experiences: A Complete Guide to Creating Value through Journeys, Blueprints, and Diagrams, 1st edition, O’Reilley Media.

Laurel, B (2014) Computers as Theatre, 2nd Edition. Addison-Wesley.

Lichaw, D (2016) The User's Journey: Storymapping Products That People Love, 1st Edition, Rosenfeld Media.

Quesenbery, W (2010) Storytelling for User Experience, 1st Edition, Rosenfeld Media.

Rogers, Y, Sharp, H, and Preece, J (2015) Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, 4th Edition. Wiley.

Other resources

UTS Library

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Items in high demand are placed in the Library’s Reserve Collection and much of this material is now accessible electronically. Access is via the Reserve Collection link in the Library’s catalogue.