module specification

SM7007 - Principles of Digital Media (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Principles of Digital Media
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   A new media artifact presented on CDROM
Coursework 50%   Essay (2000 words) *FC*
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Friday Afternoon

Module summary

CODE: CMP007N
TITLE: Principles of Digital Media
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: This module will provide students with a detailed understanding of the
contexts and practices of multimedia; introduce them to the production of a multimedia project;
and develop awareness of the communicative possibilities of multimedia.
SEMESTER: Autumn
PREREQUISITE: None
ASSESSMENT: Interactive image series(50%)+2,000 word essay (50%)
 

Prior learning requirements

None

Module aims

? To provide students with a detailed understanding of the contexts and practices of multimedia;
? To introduce them to the production of a multimedia project;
? To develop awareness of the communicative possibilities of multimedia.

Syllabus

This module will analyse and address the following issues:
- Introduction to digital media
- History and conceptual development of digital media
- Information society
- New media politics and surveillance
- Digital cultures, digital folklore
- Digital aesthetics, database, glitch, image
- Open source, intellectual property, control and freedom
- Self-organization and participation, social web
- Interactive design, software studies
- Cybernetics, human computer Interaction and emotion
- The e-economy, precarious and free labour

Learning and teaching

Teaching methods include lectures and on-line interactive learning material, tutorials, seminar discussions and computer lab sessions. Students will be expected to attend lectures and take part into on-line activities as well as comment on their readings.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module post-graduate students will be able to:

? LO1 Assess and select the appropriate tools to produce a multimedia project;
? LO2 Create a small multimedia project;
? LO3 Critically analyse the current issues and future developments in multimedia and electronic publishing

Assessment strategy

a) An interactive image series presented on CDROM
(Weighting 50%)
b) A 2,000 word essay critically assessing the context of multimedia developments (50%).
Coursework deadline: week14
Pass on aggregate

Bibliography

Chun, Wendy Hui-Kyong & Thomas Keenan (eds) (2006) New media, old media: a history and theory reader, New York: Routledge

Florian Cramer, 2005 Words Made Flesh, code, culture, imagination, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, http://pzwart.wdka.hro.nl/mdr/research/fcramer/wordsmadeflesh/

Hayles, Katherine, N., (1999) How we Became Posthuman, Chicago and London:The University of Chicago Press.

Kittler, Friedrich, (1997) Literature, Media, Information Systems: Essays, Amsterdam: GB Arts International.

Latour, Bruno, (2005) Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory, Oxford University Press.

Manovich, Lev (2001) The Language of New Media, MIT.

New Media: A Critical Introduction, Martin Lister et al., Routledge, 2002.

Plant. Sadie. (1997). Zeros and ones : digital women and the new technoculture. Fourth Estate.

Stallabrass, Julian, (2003) Internet Art. The Online Clash of Culture and Commerce. London, Tate Publishing.

Wardrip-Fruin, Noah  and Nick Montfort (eds) (2003) The New Media Reader, MIT