Course Title: Author interactive media

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: VART5967C

Course Title: Author interactive media

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5228 - Diploma of Photoimaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Darren Ballingall

03 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

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to author a complete interactive media product, for example, an interactive portfolio displaying photographic images.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDIG401A Author interactive media


1Identify multimedia elements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Obtain design specifications .
1.2 Locate content required for productions .
1.3 Discuss issues of integration and formats of media assets
with relevant personnel .
1.4 Determine with relevant personnel an interactive
sequence to become the prototype.


2Identify scope of authoring software.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify range of industry-standard authoring software.
2.2 Assess the authoring software in relation to specified delivery platform.
2.3 Discuss selection of authoring software with relevant personnel to ensure selection will meet specified outcomes.
2.4 Select authoring software best suited to job requirements.


3Use authoring software.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Load authoring software.
3.2 Create a new file for the specified task and name using standard naming conventions.
3.3 Display and use tools and features of authoring software relevant to the authoring process.


4Create interactive sequence.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Slice and reassemble the user interface appropriate to the authoring software.
4.2 Import and assemble components in appropriate sequence according to creative requirements.
4.3 Create interactive features according to creative and technical requirements, sourcing and writing appropriate markup and scripting languages as required.
4.4 Check that interactive sequence conforms to navigation design.
4.5 Integrate media assets to ensure highest levels of technical performance.
4.6 Check that interactive sequence conforms to loading specifications.
4.7 Test for interoperability, eliminate all bugs and validate scripting.
4.8 Present interactive sequence as a prototype ensuring that sequence meets creative, production and technical requirements.
4.9 Save output file formats and identify for specified purpose.


5Evaluate interactive prototype.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Present prototype to relevant personnel.
5.2 Evaluate prototype against design specifications, including achievement of a creative and user-centred product.
5.3 Discuss and agree on required changes.
5.4 Assist in user trials as required.
5.5 Evaluate feedback from user trials.
5.6 Seek confirmation from relevant personnel to transform prototype into final product.


6Transform prototype into final product.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Make necessary changes as indicated by user trials.
6.2 Replicate prototype functionality to complete the interactive product.
6.3 Make final checks to ensure sequences conform to design specifications.
6.4 Test for interoperability, eliminate bugs and validate scripting.
6.5 Save to specified storage system accessible to production team.
6.6 Assist in loading product to specified platform as required.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to research, evaluate and determine the appropriate colour management strategy required for a range of photographic printing projects.

Students will have the knowledge to plan, coordinate and manage the accuracy, consistency and integrity of colour in their printing workflows to industry standard.

Details of Learning Activities

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

• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• workshopping of students’ own projects

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

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

WeekClass ContentAssessment TasksElements
1Intro to tutor, Review of students’ Wordpress sites, intro to Dreamweaver  1
2Setting up a website folder

Editing text and pictures in Dreamweaver

Using tables to organise information

  1, 2

 Interactivity and File Linking

Cascading Style Sheets

 Formative Assessment :1 Tutorial 1, 2, 3
4 CSS DIV tags for arranging sections

Introduction to Assignment 1

 Formative Assessment :2 Tutorial 1, 2, 3, 4
5 Mouse interactions – rollovers and triggers Formative Assessment :3 Tutorial 1, 2, 3, 4
6 Compressing images for the web

Animating a gif file

 Formative Assessment :4 Tutorial 1, 2, 3, 4
7 Studio Week – work on Assignment 1  1, 2, 3, 4
8 Studio Week and submission Submit Summative Assessment 11, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
9 Manipulating Layers Formative Assessment :5 Tutorial 1, 2, 3, 4
10 Using iFrames
Class Directed Content - requests
  1, 2, 3, 4
11 Studio week  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
12 Studio Week and submission. Submit Summative Assessment 2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Dabner et. al., 2010, Graphic Design School, Thames and Hudson.

Hillman Curtis. MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the
New Media Designer. New Riders Publishing. USA.


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information and to make use of RMIT’s library database facilities.

Other Resources

Personal data storage device, personal computer with In Design, Acrobat, Bridge and Photoshop CS as required, available in RMIT labs.

Overview of Assessment

Students will be required to resolve colour theory issues and determine correct colour management strategies to be applied for specific output devices used within the photoimaging industry.

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 more substantial summative assessment tasks.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

For further information on the grading system please refer to the course Blackboard site.

 Assessment items include:

1. CSS Tutorial product – wk 3
2. CSS DIV tag tutorial product – wk 4
3. Mouse interaction tutorial product – wk 5
4. Animated Gif tutorial product – wk 6
5. Layers tutorial product – wk 9


1. Interactive Photographic Documentary Website
Produce an interactive photographic documentary comprising of
Students own work that also includes some kind of multimedia
Due – Week 8
2. Photographic Portfolio Website
Produce an portfolio website comprised of the students own work
Due – Week 12

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded

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 demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. This feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please advise teacher in advance if an extension of time or special consideration is required for submission of work. Refer to the course Blackboard site for policy information including information on late submissions.

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

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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;ompetency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessments.

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