University of Technology Sydney

95564 Digital Media Technologies

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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 provides an overview of some of the software and hardware technologies utilised in the development and maintenance of moderately complex websites exhibiting sophisticated interactivity and requiring a systematic approach to management.

It provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate an understanding of the skills and issues relevant to the creation and management of websites of moderate complexity. These skills may include HTML authoring, CSS design, browser scripting with JavaScript, interaction with back-end database environments using scripting engines such as PHP, database management systems such as MySQL, and other skills as appropriate.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Describe a variety of software and hardware technologies relevant to, or utilised in, the development and maintenance of moderately complex web-based environments.
2. Apply several of these technologies through applying them in the production of a web-based product or site in a manner appropriate for a practising professional. These technologies must include HTML-style formatting languages and one or more simple scripting environments. Other technologies may be employed as appropriate.
3. Explain the technical, ethical, legal, and social issues relating to the use of technologies in the production of web-based environments.
4. Apply research and reflection by engaging in self-managed learning activities, and in effective communication, through active participation as a learner in a community of peers and professionals.

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)
  • Technically Proficient: FEIT graduates apply theoretical, conceptual, software and physical tools and advanced discipline knowledge to research, evaluate and predict future performance of systems characterised by complexity. (D.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

The subject will consist of 11 weekly 3-hour workshops alongside weekly partnering online content. The workshops will focus on completion of individual and group exercises, solving particular design problems using group collaboration, presentation practice, analytical exercises, assignment planning and drafting, and practical technological skills training. During these workshops you will receive various types of feedback within a collegial, discursive learning context, from your fellow students as well as from your tutor. Specifically, students will receive feedback both from students and the tutor in early workshops to assist in the development of your learning proposal.

Students will collaborate through a process of constructive peer-review and discussion of each student's submissions. They will complete pre-work before class in order to use the knowledge they have gained in a constructive manner during class. Students will have opportunities for development of their technology skills with hands-on practical sessions, and for some technical support and feedback on progress towards completion of assessment tasks. Students are expected to consult the program section of this subject outline for instructions regarding required pre-reading and preparation to be undertaken before each class. Workshop and pre-reading materials and activities for all workshops will be made available on UTSOnline.

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

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Participation

Intent:

This task seeks to develop skills in critical reflection and analysis, information literacy as well as academic research and writing. It therefore meets all objectives of the subject.

Objective(s):

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

1, 2, 3 and 4

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

C.1 and E.1

Type: Exercises
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Criteria:

Please note: Weighting of Assessment Criteria is approximate. Please see your subject guide for mark allocation

Assessment task 2: Learning Proposal

Intent:

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

Objective(s):

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

2, 3 and 4

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

B.1, C.1 and F.1

Type: Reflection
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%
Length:

500 Words

Criteria:

Please note: Weighting of Assessment Criteria is approximate. Please see your subject guide for mark allocation

Assessment task 3: Technology Analysis

Intent:

This exercise is an opportunity to read more broadly about the technology choices in your proposed project, develop an argument justifying those choices and document your reasoning.

Objective(s):

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

1, 2, 3 and 4

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

B.1 and C.1

Type: Reflection
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Length:

1500 words

Criteria:

Please note: Weighting of Assessment Criteria is approximate. Please see your subject guide for mark allocation

Assessment task 4: System Plan

Intent:

This task is intended to demonstrate your understanding of the technology choices you have made for your proposed project and how you plan to apply them.

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):

B.1, C.1, D.1 and E.1

Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketch
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Length:

1000 words

Criteria:

Please note: Weighting of Assessment Criteria is approximate. Please see your subject guide for mark allocation

Assessment task 5: Final project: website and reflection

Intent:

The task represents the realisation of your Learning Proposal, demonstration of your newly acquired skills and knowledge of your chosen technology(s) of interest.

Objective(s):

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

1, 2, 3 and 4

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

B.1, C.1 and F.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Length:

1000 words

Other resources

UTS Library

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If you wish to access library resources from outside UTS, you should read the information available at:
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Instructions on how to set up your computer to access the library's resources can be found at:
http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/faq/online-access

The library web site also offers some online tutorials to help you to develop your Information skills:
A tutorial about finding information on the web is available at: http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/students/discover-your-library/online-tutorials

A tutorial about using Catalyst for research and investigative assignments is at:

http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/catalyst/

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http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/help/study-skills

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