MDIA 1018 - Design Fundamentals

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

Designs of images, stories and technologies are central to the ways that we engage with the world. However, our capacity to make, share, and evaluate designs has radically expanded throughout history, with profound impacts. In this course, you will engage with histories of designs and design cultures from around the world and locate cutting edge media production within this historical context to better understand how to put compelling designs into practice. Key concepts that this course introduces include theories of aesthetics, narrative structures and philosophies of design and ethics. Design Fundamentals introduces students in the Story Production, Visual Design and Immersive Media courses to central concerns of their field, as well as providing a focused engagement with design and technology for students in other programs.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MDIA 1018
    Course Design Fundamentals
    Coordinating Unit Media
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description Designs of images, stories and technologies are central to the ways that we engage with the world. However, our capacity to make, share, and evaluate designs has radically expanded throughout history, with profound impacts. In this course, you will engage with histories of designs and design cultures from around the world and locate cutting edge media production within this historical context to better understand how to put compelling designs into practice. Key concepts that this course introduces include theories of aesthetics, narrative structures and philosophies of design and ethics. Design Fundamentals introduces students in the Story Production, Visual Design and Immersive Media courses to central concerns of their field, as well as providing a focused engagement with design and technology for students in other programs.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Darren Taljaard

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate understanding of design theories, practices and principles
    2. Apply theory to case study analysis
    3. Utilise design practices to demonstrate understanding of key concepts
    4. Be able to communicate design concepts in collaboration with others
    5. Determine appropriate design strategies for a variety of scenarios
    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.

    1,2,5

    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.

    2,3,4,5

    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.

    4

    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.

    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.

    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.

    3,4,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    More information about required resources will be provided through MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    More information about recommended resources will be provided through MyUni.
    Online Learning
    This course makes extensive use of MyUni, and all assignments are submitted via MyUni. Other websites may also be used.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Workload

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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

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    Assessment Detail

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    Submission

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    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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    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.

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