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MCH2090 : Expanding Digital Cultures (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tom Schofield
  • Lecturer: Dr Nick Rush-Cooper
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To extend the range and depths of students’ skills in producing digital media
To allow students to experiment with the realisation of critical approaches, through digital media
To promote specialisation in digital media production with respect to careers in the creative industries
To consolidate scholarly, practical and creative strategies for self-supported and peer- reliant learning and problem solving.
To prepare students to document and present their practical work

Outline Of Syllabus

Skills taught in this module are continued under our existing three headings:

1.       Digital Story Telling
2.       Data and Visualisation
3.       Interactivity and the Creative Web

In this stage 2 module students continue their work in these areas using a wider suite of technologies requiring basic skills in computer science for instance by creating:

1.       Simple 3D animation (e.g. using Unity)
2.       simple internet of things devices (e.g. using Arduino)
3.       basic web apps using HTML, CSS and JavaScript

Students will develop their experience in planning and organising more complex technical projects and will be taught how to effectively document them. They will be encouraged and supported to make explicit links between their growing critical knowledge and the digital media that they will be taught. Finally they will plan and practice the presentation of their projects using a range of media.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Preparing portfolio for assessment
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1127:00127:00Independent skills practice using provided tutorials and self-directed practice
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery33:009:00Weekly skills drop in led by technical staff
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures: These materials (consisting of video, audio, slides, and links) constitute the primary method to achieve skills and knowledge learning outcomes.

Drop-in/surgery: led by technician/teaching assistant colleagues following up on lecture materials to address technical questions arising from both these and from students' own skills practice

Skills practice: students will extend their familiarity with technical teaching through the use of sign-posted tutorials and tasks set in lectures. They will develop their skills in identifying relevant literature

Portfolio preparation: students will produce a set of summative mini-projects responding to a brief set in lectures. In doing so they will achieve skills outcomes in project management and realisation and knowledge outcomes through their choice of approach, literature and theoretical references.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation101M30Mixed media presentation using a range of project documentation created for the portfolio, submitted as recording. e.g. screencast
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A70Web-based portfolio - creative technical demos in software & hardware. 2 small prototypes and up to 500 words for each
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Portfolios give a structured form to skills outcomes in programming and hardware. Students will be provided with a set of 3 technical and creative challenges to respond to and will present documentation in the form of images, video, sound, text, computer code and/or hardware designs.

Presentations ask students to consider the purpose of and audiences for good documentation and to focus on their presentation skills and techniques in different media. By 'mixed media presentation' we mean one that makes use of available tools and technologies for instance a screen cast in which you narrate an interactive visualisation.

Reading Lists