MDIA 2221 - Digital Games, Cultures & Technologies
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code MDIA 2221 Course Digital Games, Cultures & Technologies 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 Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study including MDIA 1018 Course Description The digital games industry is the most economically powerful media industry in the world. In this course, students will contextualise their engagement with games ? both as players and as producers ? through the history and philosophy of digital games. This will include discussing key contemporary controversies and issues in gaming cultures and the games industry, as well as engaging with the political economy of games. Representation, narrativity, and subjectivity in games will be central touchpoints in this course.
Course Coordinator: Dr William Andrade
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Demonstrate understanding of games history, theory, and industry
2. Critically analyse games texts
3. Assess the role of digital games in contemporary culture and society
4. Communicate appropriately in both written and oral forms
5. Demonstrate appreciation of the nuances of games discourse
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)
1,2,3,5 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 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,4,5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3,4,5 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
Required ResourcesMore information about required resources will be provided through MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesMore information about recommended resources will be provided through MyUni.
Online LearningThis course makes extensive use of MyUni, and all assignments are submitted via MyUni. Other websites may also be used.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is taught using a mix of face-to-face teaching and online resources.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1-hour lecture/seminar per week (12 weeks) 12 hours per semester 1 x 2-hour seminar per week (10 weeks) 20 hours per semester 2 x 2-hour structured independent learning activity 4 hours per semester 6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours assignment prep per week 24 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryWeek-by-week course content is available on the MyUni site.
Specific Course RequirementsNo specific course requirements.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceAll classes taught in computer labs incorporate elements of Small Group Discovery Experience.
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 must maintain academic standards.
Quiz x 5 Formative and Summative 25% Journal Formative and Summative 25% Written Assignment Summative 40% Participation Summative 10%
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
1. From Week 4, all workshops will be conducted remotely using Zoom and other software. We may also have some class activities that occur inside online multiplayer games, scheduled during the workshop time.
2. Participation 10% - attendance and active participation in 80% of workshops is a hurdle requirement. All written assessment tasks must be submitted.
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance and active participation in 80% of workshops is a hurdle requirement. All written assessment tasks must be submitted.
No information currently available.
SubmissionAll assignments must be submitted via MyUni.
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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