MDIA 1006 - Story/Technology: Writing Techniques

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

This course looks at the development and uses of digital stories. Digital story has become an avenue of expression leading to new forms of social networking and a means through which story is re-made for different media. The course examines techniques of writing for a range of media which will lead to the development and production of materials by students. The capacity for digital storytelling has developed through the availability of convergent communication technologies. The availabilities of these technologies has meant that new skills and techniques of writing are necessary which fit with computer screen technologies and other parameters of these new media forms. The subject will cover the relatively short history of this new field of media production linking it to older forms of story-telling in terms of connection to comparative and indigenous precursors and uses. The course will cover an analysis of the 'new prosumer' as an autonomous media producer and the development of a computer mediated aesthetics. Theories of narrative form, subjectivity and identity will form part of the course with an examination of forms of collective and political engagement that develop out of digital story. New mainstream genres which grow out of older forms such as the diary or the journal will be discussed. The course has a practical component which will encourage the production of new forms of narrative through exercises and the use of these techniques.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MDIA 1006
    Course Story/Technology: Writing Techniques
    Coordinating Unit Media
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to B Media students only
    Course Description This course looks at the development and uses of digital stories. Digital story has become an avenue of expression leading to new forms of social networking and a means through which story is re-made for different media. The course examines techniques of writing for a range of media which will lead to the development and production of materials by students. The capacity for digital storytelling has developed through the availability of convergent communication technologies. The availabilities of these technologies has meant that new skills and techniques of writing are necessary which fit with computer screen technologies and other parameters of these new media forms. The subject will cover the relatively short history of this new field of media production linking it to older forms of story-telling in terms of connection to comparative and indigenous precursors and uses. The course will cover an analysis of the 'new prosumer' as an autonomous media producer and the development of a computer mediated aesthetics. Theories of narrative form, subjectivity and identity will form part of the course with an examination of forms of collective and political engagement that develop out of digital story. New mainstream genres which grow out of older forms such as the diary or the journal will be discussed. The course has a practical component which will encourage the production of new forms of narrative through exercises and the use of these techniques.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kim Barbour

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles and concepts of framing, composition, visual storytelling, digital storytelling, and culture
    2 Demonstrate a sense of aesthetics and skills in communicating through both static and moving images
    3 Demonstrate creativity and originality in effectively developing and managing a visual story production
    4 Communicate and critique project ideas with classmates in workshop activities, consultations and screenings
    5 Enhance passion in visual production as a profession and as an interest
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no textbooks or books of readings that are required to be purchased for this course. All materials will be available for download from MyUni.

    Considerable use is made of mobile technologies, particularly the cameras on smart phones, during class time. Where a student does not have access to technologies of this type, loan equipment is available.
    Recommended Resources
    A list of multimedia references will be provided by the course coordinator during the semester.
    Online Learning
    All course documents will be uploaded to MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Theory is supported by problem-solving workshops which develop theoretical material. The workshops will have a focus on task-based hands-on learning and experimentation with technology, with critical discussion around key ideas.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Topic 1 Introduction
    Topic 2 How stories work
    Topic 3 Stories and identity
    Topic 4 Software and hardware
    Topic 5 Online storytelling
    Topic 6 Stories as marketing & promotion
    Topic 7 Stories as education
    Topic 8 Stories as journalism
    Topic 9 Global media markets
    Topic 10 Giving voice
    Topic 11 Selling ourselves
    Topic 12 Future developments & project work
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small Group Discovery Experience is embedded throughout this course. Seminar/workshops will be run with periods of time spent in small groups, where students will work on problems and exercises together under the supervision and in discussion with the Course Coordinator.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Online tests Summative

    Ongoing throughout semester

    20% LO 1, 5
    Multimedia Research Essay Summative Friday Week 8 30%; 1500 words LO 1, 2, 5 
    Production of a digital story Summative Friday Week 12 40% LO 1, 2, 3, 5
    Active participation in workshops Formative Weekly 10% LO 2, 4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Compulsory attendance in workshops
    Assessment Detail
    The aim of Assignment 1 is for each student to demonstrate their understanding and mastery of course theory.

    The aim of Assignment 2 is for each student to critically engage with an issue relating to storytelling in a digital environment that is raised in the lecture content. Utilising both scholarly research and digital stories, students will consider how and why their topic is interesting and/or important in the contemporary media environment.

    The aim of Assignment 3 is for each student to plan and produce a short digital story on a topic of their choice (in consultation with the teaching staff). Students will demonstrate the narrative, aesthetic, and technical skills they have developed throughout the semester, as well as engage in the production process. 

    Assignment 4 ensures students actively participate in the skill development tasks that occur during workshops.
    Submission
    Assignment tasks will be submitted electronically to MyUni, following the instructions given online and in class. For late submission, 5 percent will be deducted from the maximum grade for that task for each 24-hour late submission. In case an extension to a due date is needed for an assignment task, the student should email the course coordinator in advance to seek prior approval and provide the necessary evidence to justify the request. Feedback on how to improve assignment tasks will be given during in-class consultation with students.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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