SM4015 - Designing and Scripting Interactive Media (2020/21)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2020/21|
|Module title||Designing and Scripting Interactive Media|
|Module level||Certificate (04)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Computing and Digital Media|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2020/21||
Interaction design is an expanding field concerned with requirements of end users of interactive digital products. This module provides an introduction to key theoretical concepts, user-centred design approaches as well as an opportunity to put these principles into practice. The module will prepare students to appreciate the relationship between theories of human-computer interaction, user-centred design and their practical application. Practical exercises, lectures, demonstrations and field trips will aid students in developing practical and analytical skills to produce an interactive product. The animation sequence will allow students to explore narration as an element of interactive design and develop necessary animation skills for the second assessment.
The project development will allow students to apply multimedia authoring and basic web design skills and to identify the effects of interaction design on end users.
This module aims to:
- Introduce students to key theoretical concepts in interaction and user-centred design
- Examine the effects of interactive products on end users
- Introduce students to particular animation and authoring techniques and their application
- Provide students with a broad foundation of interactive design development
An indicative programme of study covers the following:
- Introduction to theories of human-computer interaction
- Design methods
- User research methods
- User-centred design methods
- Design stakeholder and audience requirements
- Personas and scenarios in design
- Proto-typing techniques
- Iterative design
- Interface design
- Design evaluation methods
- Media platforms and distribution
- Multimedia Authoring and scripting
- Animation for interfaces
- Interactive 2d animation
- Creating multimedia assets
- Animation principles and techniques
Learning and teaching
This module will be delivered through a combination of modes of delivery. Each week there will be a three-hour lab session and a one-hour lecture or seminar. These sessions will consist of case studies, discussions and demonstrations of production and research techniques and their application. In addition, support to individuals and smaller groups will be provided through tutorial sessions and via email. Lecture notes, web links and appropriate continuous formative feedback tools will be made available on the VLR. Students will be encouraged to experiment and develop strategies for their assessments during the workshops in a studio atmosphere and in their self-directed study time and discuss those with tutors and peers. This allows for formative feedback opportunities to improve summative assessment tasks. Attendance at all sessions is essential to fulfil the work requirements.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to
1. Identify and apply appropriate animation techniques to visualise a narrative
2. Develop an interactive project applying key theoretical concepts in interaction design and user-centred design methods
The assessment strategy is designed to assess students in the main issues involved in the processes and production of interactive products.
A) A project work and developmental folder to test students’ skills in developing a digital interactive artefact using relevant authoring tools and user research methods that encourages analysis of the problems and issues raised in the production. This part of the assessment is designed to test students' creative skills and problem-solving abilities. (Weighting 60%)
B) An animation sequence and report (1000 word) designed to demonstrate students’ awareness of the subject, test analytical and practical skills and ability to communicate effectively.
Students may pass on aggregate
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