Module 18186 (2011)

Syllabus page 2011/2012

Design & Media Team

Level 1/C

Russell Beale
10 credits in Semester 1

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The Module Description is a strict subset of this Syllabus Page. (The University module description has not yet been checked against the School's.)

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This module is not offered in 2011/2012

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This module introduces students to analysis and design, particularly human computer interaction design, through the construction of a small system which appropriately employs a range of media. It also offers an introduction to the importance of project management and team working in software construction, and of effective communication in reports and presentations.


The aims of this module are to:

  • explore non-programming aspects of software construction
  • introduce students to analysis and design, particularly human computer interaction design
  • introduce students to the effective use of a range of media in software systems
  • introduce the key aspects of good project management
  • provide experience of working in a team
  • provide experience of preparing presentations and reports

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to: Assessed by:
1analyse requirements, design, implement and document a small software system which employs a range of media Continuous assessment
2identify and use appropriate tools for building such a software system Continuous assessment
3explain and apply the principles of good human computer interaction design Continuous assessment
4apply the key elements of good project management Continuous assessment
5work effectively in a team Continuous assessment
6communicate effectively in written reports and oral presentations Continuous assessment

Restrictions, Prerequisites and Corequisites








Teaching Methods:

Lectures, tutorials

Contact Hours:

Approximately 12


  • Sessional: Continuous assessment (100%).
  • Supplementary (where allowed): Students who fail but have met the team working requirement will be permitted to resit by additional work; otherwise reassessment is by repeating.
  • The normal continuous assessment is based on a combination of a multi-media product, a presentation, and a report.

Recommended Books

TitleAuthor(s)Publisher, Date
Design for New MediaLon BarfieldPearson/Addison Wesley, 2004
Team Roles at WorkMeredith BelbinButterworth-Heinemann, 2003
Essential Communication Strategies: For Scientists, Engineers and Technology ProfessionalsHerbert HirschWiley, 2003
Digital Multimedia (2nd Edn)Nigel Chapman and Jenny ChapmanWiley, 2004
Digital Media Tools (2nd Edn)Nigel Chapman and Jenny ChapmanWiley, 2003
Web DesignNigel Chapman and Jenny ChapmanWiley, 2006

Detailed Syllabus

  1. various media, their roles and pros/cons
  2. what is design?
  3. introduction to simple media tools (e.g. Yahoo pipes, Flash, HTML)
  4. designing with media
  5. interaction and design
  6. project management
  7. team working
  8. written and oral presentation skills

Last updated: 9 Sep 2009

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