Course Title: Write content for cross platform delivery

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: COMM7321

Course Title: Write content for cross platform delivery

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6125 - Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email: mctafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher

Nicole McKinnon
nicole.mckinnon@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Required Prior Study

Delivery of this course at RMIT requires you to have completed all first year courses.

Course Description

In Write Content for Cross Platform Delivery,  you develop an appreciation of different media platforms and learn how a narrative can be built and expanded to give the audience options to experience, consume and even interact with the story and its universe. The course does not involve writing of software scripts.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ASWCPD608A Write content for cross platform delivery

Element:

1. Work with creative team

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Participation is undertaken in developmental workshops

1.2 Goals are developed and confirmed

1.3 Points of debate are effectively resolved

1.4 Ideas are offered and received positively

Element:

2. Create interactive narrative for web

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Initial concept is discussed and confirmed

2.2 Characters and their world are developed

2.3 Genre and proposed audience are articulated

2.4 Pilot script including nonlinear components is developed

2.5 Proposed distribution points for the content are researched and

outlined.

2.6 Specific interactive elements are identified

 

Element:

3. Create characters and stories appropriate to interactive drama

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Character arcs, journey options and locations are determined

and detailed

3.2 Genre and style are agreed

3.3 Alternative endings are established where applicable

3.4 Conditional options are determined

Element:

4. Develop narrative bible

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Synopses are prepared and confirmed with associates

4.2 Pilot script including top-level interactive elements and front-

end flow chart is prepared

4.3 Visual style and/or interface is illustrated

4.4 Distribution points and delivery channels for content are

included

Element:

5 Prepare script

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Flow charts, navigation maps and interface sketches are

developed and included

5.2 Plotting devices, navigation, interactivity, game-play and

reusability are clearly identified

5.3 Target audience is delineated

5.4 User point of view, activities and experiences are clearly described


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to develop a narrative script for cross platform delivery


Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities may consist of: 
• in class activities 
• out-of-class activities 
• peer teaching and class presentations 
• online research 
• group discussion 
• independent project based work 
• workshopping of students’ projects and class exercises
• screenings 
• guest lecturers 
• teacher directed group activities/projects


Teaching Schedule

WeekClass ContentAssessment Tasks
Week 1Introduction

Course guide and assessment tasks
The rise of the Web Series
 
Week 2Web series – Exploring the web series narrative.

Discuss the Web Series project
- setting
- theme
- character
 
Week 3Audience influenced narrative and impact of social
Things that go viral

Class exercise.
 
Week 4Web series
Workshop.
Assessment task #1:
Option A
Create the characters, logline and 1st draft of your script for the webiseries project.

Option B
Create a concept for a web series.
Week 5Games – examining the role of narrative in games including researching a range of games played on various Platforms.

Introducing: Assessment task #2: Devise a game concept. (Group or individual assessment).
 
Week 6Games – examining the role of narrative in games,

Continue to work on #2: Devise a game concept. (Group or individual assessment).
 
Week 7Games – examining the role of narrative in games,

Continue to work on #2: Devise a game concept. (Group or individual assessment).
 
Week 8Games – examining the role of narrative in games,

Continue to work on #2: Devise a game concept. (Group or individual assessment).
 
Week 9Present in Class.
#2: Devise a game concept. (Group or individual assessment).

Assessment task #2: Devise a game concept.

Week 10Transmedia / Cross platform storytelling – understanding the medium, it’s potential for delivering narrative.

Class exercise

Introducing Assessment task #3:
Option A:
Develop a narrative bible for a web series, game, transmedia or an app.

Option B:
Web series project - Final script, bible, paper work for the shoot and a reflection by the student.
 
 Mid semester break 14–21 April inclusive 
Week 11Transmedia / Cross platform
A study into the use of cross platforms to enhance a narrative.

Class exercise.
 
Week 12Mobile devices – how can they be used in the development of narrative? 
Week 13The rise of the podcast and what can it offer the narrative.

Class exercise.
 
Week 14Review of assessment tasks. 
Week 15Finalising assessment tasks and get feedback. 
Week 16Finalising Assessment tasks and get feedback.Assessment task #3:
Option A:
Develop a narrative bible for a web series, game, transmedia experience or an app.

Option B:
Web series project - final script, bible, paper work for the shoot and a reflection by the student.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Online resources and references will be located at the Writing Content for Cross Platform Delivery area on Blackboard.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your written and the creation of a cross platform project. This will  include a substantial screenwriting component suitable for online; character outlines; narrative bible/cross platform strategy; pitch proposal.


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive written feedback on all assessment (refer to Blackboard for assessment criteria). 

Assessment task #1:

Option A

Create the characters, logline and 1st draft of your script for the web series project.

Option B

Create a concept for a web series.

Due week 4, Friday 3 March
Ungraded

 

Assessment task #2: Devise a game concept. (Group or individual assessment).

Due Week 9, Friday 7 April
Ungraded

 

Assessment task #3:

Option A:

Develop a narrative bible for a web series, game, transmedia experience or an app.

Option B:

Web series project - Final script, bible, paper work for the shoot and a reflection by the student.

Due week 16, Friday 2 June
Graded.

Once you have demonstrated competency, your final assessment in each semester will be graded (refer to Blackboard for grading rubric). More detail on assessments, marking guides and graded rubrics will be provided in assessment briefs, which will be available in class.

Grades used in this course are as follows:

  • CHD Competent with High Distinction
  • CDI Competent with Distinction
  • CC Competent with Credit
  • CAG Competency Achieved Graded
  • NYC Not yet Competent
  • DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

 


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. The assessment matrix for this course can be found on Blackboard or from your teacher.

 

Other Information

Other information
Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students

How to submit work
Your assessment brief will specify how you should submit your work – as hard copy, digital copy or electronically through Blackboard. When you submit your work, you must include a declaration of authorship.

For submissions on Blackboard, you need to agree to an assessment declaration when you submit.

For all other submissions, you must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work.

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Attendance
Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises. We strongly advise that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

We request that you speak to your teacher if regular attendance becomes difficult.

Assessment feedback
You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

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Student progress
Monitoring academic progress is helps us to assist you in achieving your learning potential. 

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Adjustments to assessment
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

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Academic integrity and plagiarism
Academic integrity is about the honest presentation of work that is your own. RMIT University has a clear policy on plagiarism (see web page for more detail).

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Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Credit Transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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