MDIA 2336 - Stories on Screen
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code MDIA 2336 Course Stories on Screen 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 Prerequisites MDIA 1002 or MDIA 1014OL and MDIA 1007 Incompatible MDIA 1006 Course Description This course looks at the development, production, and use of small screen online stories which 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 story production through a range of digital media which will lead to the development and production of stories by students. The capacity for storytelling has developed through the availability of convergent communication technologies, particularly consumer grade technologies such as those in DSLR cameras, smart phones and tablets. The availability of these technologies has meant that new skills and techniques of writing and producing are necessary which fit with computer and mobile 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 storytelling in terms of connection to comparative and Indigenous precursors and uses. Building on theory covered in first year core Media courses, this course will cover an analysis of the 'producer' as an autonomous media producer and the development of a computer mediated aesthetics. Theories of narrative form, visuals, sound, music, subjectivity and identity will form part of the course with an examination of forms of collective and political engagement that develop out of online stories. New mainstream genres which grow out of older forms such as the diary or the journal will be discussed. The course has a practical focus which will encourage the production of new forms of narrative through exercises and the use of skills developed in class.
Course Coordinator: Mr Darren Taljaard
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Weekly workshops are compulsory, and your participation is assessed.
Timely completion of the online modules is compulsory, and assessed.
Please note that it is a requirement of entry that students have successfully completed two prerequisites: MDIA1002 Introduction to Media and MDIA1007 Digital Platforms.
Additionally, this course is incompatible with successful completion of MDIA1002 Story/Technology: Writing Techniques.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate developed knowledge of the principles and concepts of framing, sound, 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. Demonstrate critical thinking around digital storytelling, online media production, and the social and cultural media environment
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
2, 4, 5
Required ResourcesThere 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/Canvas, which students will need to access on at least a weekly basis.
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 ResourcesStudents are encouraged to use LinkedIn Learning as an extension to in-class learning to further develop skills in photography, videography, story construction, and editing. Access is available through the University of Adelaide Library.
Online LearningOnline modules will provide the bulk of the theoretical material in the course. Following a flipped classroom model, students will prepare for the practical classes by completing the fortnightly modules prior to attending in person. With a mix between recorded presentations by the course co-ordinator, use of online video, and directions to complete parts of the set readings, the online modules will cater to a range of learning styles and speeds. This will allow students to proceed at their own pace through the modules, and engage in self-directed learning. Modules will be made available on a fortnightly basis in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10.
MyUni will host the online modules, readings, help sheets, and be used for contacting students through the announcements function.
A small number of remote students studying this course will complete weekly tasks in an asynchronous fashion - tasks set on a Monday will need to be completed by the end of that week and shared with classmates for discusison. Limited ad hoc synchronous online sessions will be used to assist with skill development and assignment preparation.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course uses three teaching modes.
In week one, an introductory module made up of videos, learning resources, and other material will help students to orient themselves in the course as well as to set out key ideas and frameworks that will be developed over the semester.
In weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10, online modules will be released for students to work through in their own time. These modules need to be completed prior to the workshops.
From week 2, weekly workshops will provide the practical and group work components of the course, allowing for the development of production skills for the digital storytelling environment along with critical class discussion and activities about key theoretical concepts. Students enrolled remotely will complete equivalent activities asynchronously.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS 1 x 1 hour introductory module 1 hour per semester 5 x 2 hour online module 10 hours per semester 10 x 2 hour workshop 20 hours per semester 2 hours reading per week 48 hours per semester 3 hours research per week 36 hour per semester 3 hours assignment prep per week 36 hours per semester 1 hour online module reflection 5 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
WEEK LECTURE TOPIC 1 Course orientation, introduction to digital storytelling 2 How stories work, and how they inform our lives 3 4 Technologies for digital storytelling: software, hardware, film-making techniques, sound and music 5 6 Case studies – digital storytelling in practice: education, marketing, journalism 7 8 Digital storytelling in a global media environment 9 10 Giving voice to ourselves 11 12 Digital storytelling futures
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Weighting Course Learning Outcomes Online module tests 5 x 2% (10% total) 1, 2, 5 1800 word multimedia research essay 30% 1, 2, 5 Digital story production 50% 1, 2, 3 Workshop participation 10% 4
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance is compulsory at workshop/tutorials and in the introductory lecture in week 1. All assessments must be attempted in order to be eligible to pass the course.
Assessment DetailOnline Module tests
Online multichoice tests based on the key concepts explored in online modules, available after completion of each module. Total weighting 10%
1800 word multimedia research essay
Students to research and write 1800 word essay based around theoretical concepts explored in the initial lecture and first two online modules. Students required to read widely of academic literature, and also make informed and critical use of alternate forms of knowledge production, such as podcasts, blogs, and online talks. The essay itself is a digital object, with embedded video, images, and links. Total weighting 30% Note that for students who are already experienced with video editing and production, this assignment can be completed as a video essay on approval from the course coordinator.
Digital story production
Students will write and produce a short (2-3 minute) digital story, submitting for assessment their planning and production documents along with the final object. Total weighting 50%
Students to engage with workshop/tutorial tasks, and maintain record of progress and achievement via ePortfolio system which will be used to determine grade. Total weighting 10%
SubmissionAssessments will be submitted using the MyUni online assignment submission system.
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.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
- Academic Support with Maths
- Academic Support with writing and speaking skills
- Student Life Counselling Support - Personal counselling for issues affecting study
- International Student Support
- AUU Student Care - Advocacy, confidential counselling, welfare support and advice
- Students with a Disability - Alternative academic arrangements
- Reasonable Adjustments to Teaching & Assessment for Students with a Disability Policy
- LinkedIn Learning
Policies & Guidelines
This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.
- Academic Credit Arrangement Policy
- Academic Honesty Policy
- Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy
- Assessment for Coursework Programs
- Copyright Compliance Policy
- Coursework Academic Programs Policy
- Elder Conservatorium of Music Noise Management Plan
- Intellectual Property Policy
- IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy
- Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment
- Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Policy
- Student Grievance Resolution Process
Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.
The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.