Course Title: Author interactive sequences

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5972C

Course Title: Author interactive sequences

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4230 - Certificate IV in Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4976

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Simon Rankin

Nominal Hours: 40

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

There are no pre-requisites.

Course Description

To enable the learner to gain technical skills, for producing interactive and animated sequences. This course will make use of the animation and motion graphics tools in one or more of the following software packages: Photoshop, After Effects/Motion/Final Cut Pro. It will also make use of the interactive and DVD authoring tool of DVD Studio Pro.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDIG302A Author interactive sequences


1.    Plan use of  authoring tool

Performance Criteria:

1.1Identify a range of appropriate authoring software.
1.2Discuss with relevant personnel the range of authoring software and their application to various delivery platforms.
1.3Discuss with relevant personnel design specifications of the project
1.4 Discuss with relevant personnel technical requirements of the project in order to select authoring software.


2.    Prepare to use authoring tool

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Load selected authoring software
2.2 Create a new file for the specified task and name file using standard naming conversions
2.3 Display and use tools and features of authoring software relevant to the authoring process


3.    Produce interactive sequences

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Produce screens and layout according to design specifications applying basic visual design principles.
3.2 Create interactive media components as required.
3.3 Source text content and apply style sheets to format text.
3.4 Source relevant media assets, optimize if required and integrate using appropriate file formats.
3.5 Produce and link all components according to storyboard and apply templates and themes.
3.6 Produce and link all components according to the story board and apply templates and themes.
3.7 Save in appropriate file format to directory.


4.    Check functionality of interactive sequence.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check interactive elements function with minimal error on a variety of systems.
4.2 Present sequence to relevant personnel.
4.3 Incorporate changes as required.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to develop interactive media sequences that function as planned and demonstrate basic visual design principles.

Details of Learning Activities

Class learning activities take place in a computer lab environment and include, but are not limited to:
• group discussion
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• work-shopping of students’ own projects

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
• online research
• independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentOtherElements covered
Week 1Elemenst & Principals of Design for Screen Media - Interface Design 


Week 2Motion  graphics – Animation and time based elements 1  1, 2 & 3
Week 3Motion  graphics – Animation and time based elements 2
 1, 2 & 3
Week 4Authoring a looping DVD presentation 2 & 3
Week 5
Constructing an interactive DVD 1  2, 3 & 4
Week 6Constructing an interactive DVD 2  2, 3 & 4
Week 7Studio class  3 & 4
Week 8Studio class – DVD Testing  3 & 4
Week 9Studio class – DVD Testing & submission

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to the relevant URL links, guides and references in the course Blackboard site and World Wide Web.


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of University library facilities, in researching and developing event budgeting techniques.

Other Resources

It is recommended that you bring materials to classes and productions to make notes, for example;

  • A 4GB USB Flash Drive
  • A pen and notepaper
  • A laptop computer with appropriate software

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include building Flash designs, developing a website and authoring a DVD.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
Formative Assessment

  1. Develop DVD user interface design
  2. Plan DVD menu Hierarchy/Map/Storyboard
  3. Incorporate animated elements into user interface design
  4. Incorporate video elements into user interface design
  5. Produce looping DVD for presentation

Summative Assessment

Author a DVD, Design the interface, animations and author a DVD. Due in week 9.

The details on these assessments and the grading criteria for this competency can be found on the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit 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 demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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