Unit aim

The design and integration of graphics, text and interface elements are fundamental to multimedia applications. Screen design, interface design, intelligibility and usability are core features which impact upon both the rationale for developing digital media resources and the matching of those resources to end users. This unit introduces students to the essential elements of digital graphics, text and interface design in a practical, problem-based format.

Unit content

  1. Introduction to digital media.
  2. Hardware and software for capturing, scanning, creating and manipulating text and 2-D graphics.
  3. Graphical communication and information design.
  4. Text - Components, creation, use.
  5. 2-D graphics - Vector, bitmap.
  6. 2-D graphics - Components, creation, use.
  7. The principles and design of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) for multimedia applications.
  8. Screen design - Achieving balance between aesthetics and functionality.
  9. Storage formats for text and 2-D graphics.
  10. Compression formats and transmission techniques for text and 2-D graphics.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 3

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Practical skills25%
Practical skills35%
Exam: closed book40%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
Practical skills25%
Practical skills35%
Exam: closed book40%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
Practical skills25%
Practical skills35%
Exam: closed book40%

Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Assessment
Practical skills25%
Practical skills35%
Exam: closed book40%

Sydney

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Practical skills25%
Practical skills35%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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