Course Title: Critiquing Narrative
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Critiquing Narrative
Credit Points: 12.00
RMIT University Vietnam
840H School of Communication and Design
Course Coordinator: David Moore
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Course Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Coordinator Location: VNSGS
Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
Required Prior Study
You should have satisfactorily completed all year one contextual courses (pre-requisite) -
COMM2832 Introduction to Cinema Studies
COMM2489 Asian Cinemas or COMM2897 Cinema and Nation
COMM2829 Genre and Historical Movements
as well as COMM2830 Screen Culture and Theory before you commence this course.
Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.
Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.
In this course you will study traditional and digital audiovisual methods of narrative criticism, and develop textual and cultural analysis such as shot-by-shot analysis and critical deconstruction of scene, plot and action. You will discuss elements such as mise en scene and sound design and you will also consider the role of cultural and historical contexts in the construction of form and narratives. You will learn web-based research skills and prepare your own major critique of selected examples of film or video focusing elements for instance, cinematography, lighting, sound design to present original critical insights.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
PLO2: Interpret global communication and media theory to define and evaluate digital film- and video-making production processes and outputs
PLO3: Develop narratives and screenplays and achieve storytelling outcomes for digital film and video
PLO6: Apply critical and creative thinking skills and use self-reflection to develop ethical and professional capabilities
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:
CLO1: Define and explain the cultural and social development and role of audiovisual storytelling.
CLO2: Critically appraise existing narrative forms in digital film and video.
Overview of Learning Activities
In this course you will engage in a range of activities that support the development of critical skills as applicable to the review, analysis and evaluation of digital film and video narratives. This may involve active investigation of specific focus areas of narrative and film criticism, close examination and analysis of narrative exemplars, communicating and justifying opinions, ideas and responses, and deliberative engagement with peers and teachers to consider and reconcile disparate points of view
Overview of Learning Resources
You will have access to technical resources such as camera, lighting, sound recording equipment and editing tools, as well as studio-based learning spaces. You will be provided with diverse learning and teaching resources, including web-based resources, library collections, and online learning content. You will also be provided with a range of educational support services, including peer-led academic mentoring, tutorials, and internship and mobility support services.
Overview of Assessment
You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Assessment Task 1: Text analysis (individual) - 50%. Addresses CLO 1.
Assessment Task 2: Critique (individual) - 50%. Addresses CLO 2.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.