Course Title: Design digital applications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: COSC6213C

Course Title: Design digital applications

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6151 - Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jeanie Hague-Smith
ph: 9925 4815

Nominal Hours: 50

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


Course Description

In this course you will cover the skills and knowledge required to design digital applications, which may consist of one or many technologies integrated in various combinations.

It applies to individuals who work with clients to design specifications for digital applications, which are then built by other specialised team members. Digital applications may be operated in a web or mobile device environment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUADIG502 Design digital applications


1. Determine project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse project brief to identify purpose of, and target audience for, digital applications

1.2 Consult with clients or relevant personnel to clarify project requirements, including project timelines

1.3 Identify target audience characteristics and determine how these influence design

1.4 Identify content and application functions and how these are accessed, searched and delivered


2. Research digital applications

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research digital applications and analyse how these meet audience, function and content requirements

2.2 Identify issues relating to delivery platform and technical and industry standards, and determine how these may affect digital application options

2.3 Consult relevant personnel to confirm all digital application options are considered

2.4 Select applications that will meet creative, production and technical requirements


3. Draft design specifications

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Design architecture of digital application to show interrelationship of various components and screens

3.2 Specify interactive features, functionality and navigation

3.3 Identify content and data displays, and specify how these will be logically structured and integrated into and/or generated in the digital application

3.4 Specify levels of access permissions as required

3.5 Specify media assets as required

3.6 Specify user interfaces, taking screen sizes into account

3.7 Specify report generation if required

3.8 Specify production requirements, including appropriate testing strategies

3.9 Produce draft design specifications and instructions for design and development teams to use


4. Review and confirm design specifications

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use a range of techniques to present draft design specifications, design specifications and discuss with client

4.2 Review designs against creative and technical requirements, and client and audience needs

4.3 Adjust designs as necessary after discussions with relevant personnel

4.4 Clarify ownership of intellectual property to comply with production and organisational requirements

4.5 Confirm, with client, acceptance of design specifications, including deliverables, milestones and timelines

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this competency,you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to design digital applications, which may consist of one or many technologies integrated in various combinations.

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities may include, but are not limited to:

• lectures and/or lab work
• teacher directed group activities and projects
• concept development of group and individual projects
• group discussions and class presentations
• peer and teacher feedback
• WIP (work in progress) reviews
• self directed online, library and industry research
• self directed project production work and reflection
• class excursions to events and locations outside of RMIT

Out of class activities may include, but are not limited to:

• maintaining secure daily backups of all assessment and project data
• accessing online tutorial resources
• self directed online, library and industry research
• self directed project production work and reflection

Teaching Schedule


Wk 1Intro to course and to FUSED WEBSITE (collaborative industry project)

Meet the Client - Client Brief & Stakeholder Interviews.
UX Design Discovery process, current Website Assessment & User testing Review

Introduce - A01 - Group project – FUSED wireframes & prototype

Wk 2Product re-development – user needs and business goal alignment.
Empathy maps & persona creation,
Designing for a target audience.
Creating a userflow/sitemap
Rapid ideation of website design

Wk 3WIP review & class discussion of A01 - Group project – FUSED wireframes & prototype. Refining wireframes.

A01 - Group project – FUSED wireframes & prototype
Wk 4Introduce - A02 - Individual project – FUSED design and code - Design Presentation

Design the Website based on prototype.
Individual students designs are compiled into one design presentation and presented to the client.

Branding and Design for web.
Best practice: Creating a design presentation.

Typography, colour and design principles applied to web. Best practises for legibility and accessibility.

Wk 5Grid system - design - working with known patterns and UI.

Designing for social media integration

Wk 6

WIP review & class discussion of A02 - Individual project – FUSED design and code (milestone 25%). 

Refining presentations and presenting Designs to Client.

Wk 7From design to working coded website using Bootstrap Framework.

Supply wireframes & Assets for pages to be coded

101 code refresher – HTML & CSS & DREAMWEAVER, code help toolbox, starting out with Bootstrap

Wk 8Rows – Columns - layout
Grid system - code hints
Basic navigation
Images - background vrs img & when to use them

Wk 9Optimising Graphics Background colour
Text Color, Webfonts, Gradients

Wk 10WIP review & class discussion of A02 - Individual project – FUSED design and code

Product shared with Client for reviewSteps for Publishing a website.

A02 - Individual project – FUSED design and code
Wk 11Introduce - A03 - Design AND coding of one page personal portfolio website

Design AND coding of one page personal portfolio website 

One page design
Personal Branding Overview,
what to show in a portfolio website
Case studies & templates

Wk 12WIP review A03 - Design AND coding of one page personal portfolio website

Wk 13Gallery Slider tutorial bootstrap,smooth scrolling tutorial -
Social network integration
CSS animations (animate css)

Wk 14Studio class – beta test website & Upload to server

Wk 15WIP review A03 - Design AND coding of one page personal portfolio website

Launch Personal Folio Website
Cross browser/device testing and issues.Submit developed website & Upload to server.

A03 - Design AND coding of one page personal portfolio website
Wk 16Scheduled review and feedback of all assessments


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Other Resources

Students are encouraged to make full use of class time, open studio time and University computer lab resources. Please consult the RMIT University web site for details of access times and locations.

Other required resources include, but are not limited to: an A4 or A3 visual diary, drawing materials (pencils of various grades (1B & 2B), erasers, coloured pencils and pens, graphic markers such as Copic brand) broadband internet access, suitable digital media storage such as a portable hard drive or USB flash drive, with at least 64Gb capacity.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and may include practical team based projects.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this course is competency based. To show competency, you must complete all assessments to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. Once you have demonstrated competency, you will receive a grade for A02 and A03 and for the course.

Late submissions or submissions that do not reach the required standard, may be assessed Not Yet Satisfactory. You will receive resubmission instructions via email, myRMIT or LMS feedback. Resubmissions must occur within a week of this notification.

Graded assessments which are resubmitted, are eligible for CAG (Competency Achieved Graded) only.

Please refer to the assessment brief for full assessment criteria or assessment rubric. All assessment documents are available on the course LMS page through MyRMIT.


A01 - Group project – FUSED wireframes & prototype
UX workshop for the Industry Project - Fused.  As a group, you will analyse an existing website design and flow, research and create user personas, then re-design and build a website prototype based on your findings.
Ungraded - Due wk 3


A02 - Individual project – FUSED design and code
Based on the UX from A01 - Design and code a website for the Industry Project - Fused.
Graded - Due wk 10

A03 - Design AND coding of one page personal portfolio website
Graded - Due wk 15

Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades:

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 through myRmit, or from your teacher.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised 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.

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.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

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.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

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) 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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