Course Title: Electronic Publishing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Electronic Publishing

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM1218

City Campus

Postgraduate

620H Business IT and Logistics

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

COMM1218

City Campus

Postgraduate

620H Business IT and Logistics

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Paul Mercieca

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5825

Course Coordinator Email: paul.mercieca@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of electronic publishing. The main focus will be on business models for electronic publishing and exploring new technology that is used to deliver electronic publications. The course explores how content should be delivered electronically and therefore examines aspects of design and issues with screen based readability. Practical exercises and presentations will also introduce you to aspects of the technology used in e-publishing.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onward your class will be held in a device-equipped teaching space. Each student group will have access to a laptop. It is however recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus both in and outside class times.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will gain or improve capabilities in the following areas:

 

  • Information Literacy- You will develop information seeking skills as you track and evaluate changing trends in electronic content development
  • Information Technology Practice - You will explore new technology that is associated with the delivery of electronically published content
  • Professional Practice - You will explore the impact of changing technology has on online content development, traditional and electronic publishing and information access
  • Interpersonal and Communication Practice - You will continue to develop group communication skills, especially in relation to the design of a group publication project
  • Management Practice - Negotiation and project planning skills be developed


 At the completion of this course you should be able to:
 

  • Identify important trends in electronic publishing
  • Describe typical workflow used in the creation of electronic publications
  • Describe and use information services enabled by the Internet and appraise their implications for the publishing industry
  • Appreciate the issues involved in packaging information for electronic publication, and, in particular, designing content for on-screen reading
  • Design and implement basic electronic publications
  • Use the Internet both as a source of information and as a means of publishing information


Overview of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are offered for this course including access to online lecture material and activities. You will participate in a group discussion either face to face or through the online discussion and communication tools. Activities are designed to explore issues of electronic publishing. Your active and constructive participation in group discussions is expected in addition to weekly reading and careful planning of assessment tasks.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT university will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will be expected to use the library’s electronic resources to engage in professional reading relevant to the topics and issues being addressed in the course. Course materials, including lectures slides and activities, are available online via myRMIT.


Overview of Assessment

Assessments in the course are designed for you to explore issues relating to electronic publishing and to deliver information is a suitable format for screen based reading. Assessment types may include assignments, publishing projects, tutorial problems and reflective analysis.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

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 director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT university assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment Policies and Procedures manual. The 1.2.4 Assessment Charter section of this document summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.