Module Catalogue 2015/16

COM1031 : Introduction to Multimedia Technologies for Media Studies

  • Offered for Year: 2015/16
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Chris Falzon
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



1.       To provide students with a context where they hone introductory skills in (and develop a critical awareness of) multimedia practice.

2.       To equip students with the skills necessary to capture video audio and written media content, and to conduct elementary, editorial processes and sequencing.

3.       To allow students to demonstrate abilities in effective collaboration and communication.

This module introduces the core practical (and theoretical) elements of multimedia practice.

This module provides opportunity through group workshop tuition sessions for students become familiar with the fundamentals of this multimedia production.

Weekly combined workshop and lectures sessions provide a familiar setting for critical practice.

A subject-related topic is researched within a teamwork structure, and group multimedia production is undertaken to capture and present this topic.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Introduction to critical multimedia production practice
•       The fundamental (technical elements) of multimedia capture
•       Introduction to writing for online
•       Introductions to recording audio and video
•       Principles of ‘multimediality’ and effective story-telling in multimedia
•       Principles of effective group-work for multimedia production

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1.       To develop a critical awareness of the technical practice of multimedia capture.

2.       To develop a critical awareness of the technical process of basic multimedia editing.

3.       To develop critical knowledge of effective collaboration and communication.

Intended Skill Outcomes

4.       To develop elementary skills necessary to capture video, audio and written media content.

5.       To develop elementary skills necessary for editing and basic sequencing of multimedia content.

6.       To develop skills in collaboration and group communication.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Present
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Numeracy : Present
    • Literacy : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Assessed
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Assessed
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Assessed
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
      • Adaptability : Present
    • Budgeting : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Assessed
      • Interpersonal : Assessed
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Assessed
      • Relationship Building : Present
      • Leadership : Present
      • Negotiation : Present
  • Application
    • Occupational Awareness : Present
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Market Awareness : Present
      • Business Planning : Assessed
    • Legal Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Theory Lecture
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion48:0032:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading124:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical241:0024:00Practical workshop
Guided Independent StudySkills practice122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work124:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity116:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity112:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:0032:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

‘Lectures’ convey elementary theory in multimedia (Aims: 1 & 2, Outcomes: 1, 2 & 3) and provide critical context for multimedia practice (Outcomes: 4 & 5).

‘Practicals’ provide the opportunity to connect the theoretical and critical elements with the appropriate practical skills (Aims: 1 & 2, with Outcomes: 4 & 5), as well as providing time in which to hone and develop practical skills (Outcomes: 4, 5).

‘Group Learning’ requires students to negotiate and collaborate their learning and skills in an immersive, collaborative context (Aims: 3), allowing the achievement of technical skills (Outcomes: 3-6) by means of harnessing skills in effective collaboration (Aims: 3, Outcomes: 3 & 6).

‘Skills practice’ will supplement group learning, allowing students a means of enhancing their personal understanding of the skills covered (Outcomes: 4 & 5) at their own pace, in a supported technical environment.

Student ‘Private study’ encourages opportunities for personal reflection (Skill outcomes: 6) and time to consolidate and reflect upon acquired knowledge (Outcomes: 1-6).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation102M25Oral group presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M50Multimedia group project
Report2A251000 word Reflective Report containing evidence that the learning outcomes have been met.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The ‘Oral presentation’ facilitates the assessment of students’ theoretical understanding of multimedia production (Aims: 1 & 2; Outcomes: 1 & 2), and also allows students to demonstrate their communication skills (Outcomes: 3).

The ‘Project Work’ enables students to express multimedia production knowledge and skills (Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5) within the context of effective group-work (Outcomes: 3 & 6). The successful production of a multimedia project will indicate the degree to which applied skills in multimedia production (Outcomes: 4 & 5) have been met, and allow for the assessment of collaboration skills (Outcomes: 6).

The written ‘Personal Report’ provides an opportunity for students to critically reflect upon their learning (Outcomes: 3) and provides critical evidence of how effectively the aims of the module (Aims: 1-3) are present in the students learning and skills outcomes (Outcomes: 1-6).


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Resit to consist of an oral presentation and a 3000 word written assignment. Title to be decided and announced 8 weeks prior to the resit date.

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