Course Title: Author interactive media

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART5967C

Course Title: Author interactive media

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5309 - Diploma of Photo Imaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Sessional Damien Pierce
Contact: Naomi Herzog
Phone: 9925 4170

Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will cover the technical skills in authoring an interactive media product. You will facilitate planning, development and production of an interactive photographic portfolio of work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDIG401A Author interactive media


Element 1. Identify multimedia elements

Performance Criteria:

1. Obtain design specifications
2. Locate content required for productions
3. Discuss issues of integration and formats of media assets with relevant personnel
4. Determine with relevant personnel an interactive sequence to become the prototype


Element 2. Identify scope of authoring software

Performance Criteria:

5. Identify range of industry-standard authoring software
6. Assess the authoring software in relation to specified delivery platform
7. Discuss selection of authoring software with relevant personnel to ensure selection will meet specified outcomes
8. Select authoring software best suited to job requirements


Element 3. Use authoring software

Performance Criteria:

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


Element 4. Create interactive sequence

Performance Criteria:

12. Slice and reassemble the user interface appropriate to the authoring software
13. Import and assemble components in appropriate sequence according to creative requirements
14. Create interactive features according to creative and technical requirements, sourcing and writing appropriate markup and scripting languages as required
15. Check that interactive sequence conforms to navigation design
16. Integrate media assets to ensure highest levels of technical performance
17. Check that interactive sequence conforms to loading specifications
18. Test for interoperability, eliminate all bugs and validate scripting
19. Present interactive sequence as a prototype ensuring that sequence meets creative, production and technical requirements
20. Save output file formats and identify for specified purpose


Element 5. Evaluate interactive prototype

Performance Criteria:

21. Present prototype to relevant personnel
22. Evaluate prototype against design specifications, including achievement of a creative and user-centred product
23. Discuss and agree on required changes
24. Assist in user trials as required
25. Evaluate feedback from user trials
26. Seek confirmation from relevant personnel to transform prototype into final product


Element 6. Seek confirmation from relevant personnel to transform prototype into final product

Performance Criteria:

27. Make necessary changes as indicated by user trials
28. Replicate prototype functionality to complete the interactive product
29. Make final checks to ensure sequences conform to design specifications
30. Test for interoperability, eliminate bugs and validate scripting
31. Save to specified storage system accessible to production team
32. Assist in loading product to specified platform as required

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will gain the technical and practical skills to plan, develop and produce an interactive photographic portfolio of work.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:
In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
lectures & tutorials
- class exercises
- class presentations
- group discussion
- online research
- work shopping of students’ own projects

Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule
WeekClass ContentAssessment DueElements

Intro and assignment briefing
Workflow and procution schedules
Review Functional Specs
Optimising Assets and naming conventions

 1, 2

Flowcharts and Schematics
File & Asset Management
Interactive template exercise

 1, 2, 3
11Development software tutorial
Interactivity and File linking
Flowcharts and Schematics for Prototype3, 4

Development software tutorial
Review & Beta testing
Wordpress review and Upload content

 3, 4, 5, 6
13Project Development work and testing 3, 4, 5, 6
14Project Development work and draft presentation 1Draft presentation of prototype3, 4, 5, 6
15Project Development work reveiw and testing 3, 4, 5, 6
16Project presentationsProject submission5, 6

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

See Blackboard for this course shell for prescribed texts from Sessional Staff member


Other Resources

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated informationa nd to make use of RMIT’s Library database facilities

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include building an interactive portfolio and a promotional email.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered 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.

Assessment tasks in this course include:


  1. Flowcharts and Schematics for Prototype
    Develop flowchatrts and Schematics for your promotional site.
    Due - week 11
  2. Draft presentation of prototype
    Develop a working site and present 1st draft


  1. Develop a promotional portfolio interactive website incorporating full content and assets
    Due week 16

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

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

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:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees


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