MDIA 7010 - Immersive Media Design

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

The design paradigms associated with immersive media technology are in a constant state of experimental change. Adequate design choices not only provide users with comfortable immersive technology experiences, but also have the potential to impact platform dependency and technological applicability. In this course, students will form deep contextual understanding of the physiological and technological design paradigms associated with immersive media development. Through facilitated hands-on experimentation with various platforms, software frameworks and game-engines, students will form critical analysis of existing systems of design and develop new knowledge in relation to next-generation technologies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MDIA 7010
    Course Immersive Media Design
    Coordinating Unit Media
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Course Description The design paradigms associated with immersive media technology are in a constant state of experimental change. Adequate design choices not only provide users with comfortable immersive technology experiences, but also have the potential to impact platform dependency and technological applicability. In this course, students will form deep contextual understanding of the physiological and technological design paradigms associated with immersive media development. Through facilitated hands-on experimentation with various platforms, software frameworks and game-engines, students will form critical analysis of existing systems of design and develop new knowledge in relation to next-generation technologies.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Steven Cook

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1 Identify and analyse physiological response characteristics associated with design paradigm implementation.
    2 Demonstrate comprehension via the application of context specific design terminology within immersive media technology frameworks.
    3 Critically differentiate between HMD (Head Mounted Display/Device) technologies and software in relation to design implementation.
    4 Develop and formulate a feasible design brief incorporating design paradigm understanding.
    5 Categorise the benefits/shortcomings of immersive media technology platforms from a design understanding perspective.
    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, 3, 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.

    1, 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.

    2, 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.

    1, 3, 4

    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.

    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
    Due to the individual skill acquisition required, and the technical nature of the project material in this course, resources will be provided weekly for students. These resources will be in the form of current immersive design research, patents, applied techniques, and websites. Students are not only encouraged to access all resources provided, but also to foster an investigative research approach to obtaining their own resources as needs arise.
    Recommended Resources
    Due to the quickly evolving nature of immersive technologies, students will be provided with resources and readings over the duration of the course. Students are also encouraged to foster an investigative research approach towards resource acquisition depending on assignment focus.
    Online Learning
    This course makes extensive use of MyUni and external websites. All assignments are submitted via online methods. Due to the size of data required for immersive media development, it is also strongly encouraged that students have access to large personal storage devices.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures for this course are recorded and then uploaded into the university’s Echo 360 system. Tutorials and/or workshops are held in either a dedicated space or within the Napier building VR lab. Readings and other materials are provided using the Barr Smith Library Digital Resources Management Service or through externally hosted websites. Assignments and course participation may involve a mixture of individual and collaborative work.
    Workload

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

    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 tutorial (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    4 hours reading per week 48 hours per semester
    8 hours practical immersive technology usage 96 hours per semester
    4 hours workshop preparation per week 48 hours per semester
    3 hours independent research per week 36 hours per semester
    4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week-by-week course content is available on the MyUni site and in person. When applicable to course project material, content will also be provided through direct data transfer.
  • 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 (relevant learning outcomes) Task Type Weighting
    Online Quizzes and Group Activities
    2, 3
    Summative; Individual; Written 15%
    Written Assignment
    1, 2, 3, 5
    Summative; Individual; Written

    35%
    Design Brief
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Summative; Individual; Written; Graphical 50%
    *Please note: this is only an estimate of the minimum expected workload for each assessment piece. As much of the assessment structure requires technical understanding, individual students may need to spend more time on unfamiliar tasks.

    Assessment Detail
    Online Quizzes and Group Activities: 15% The quizzes will represent summative understanding of the core concepts and terminology presented in lectures and tutorial sessions. Online group activities will consist of design paradigm information reflection. (1500 words equiv.)

    Written Assignment: 35% The written assignment will be submitted through MyUni and will be a reflective written piece oriented around the student's own experience with different forms of immersive technology, various VR, MR and AR experiences, and design paradigm implementation techniques. (3500 words)

    Design Brief: 50% The design brief demonstrates student knowledge acquisition in relation to design thinking for immersive technology development. Students will submit an established design brief containing all aspects of project design in this space. (4000 words)
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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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