Course Title: Author interactive media

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

Teachers: Bill Burrows
Support staff: Naomi Herzog
Phone: 9925 4815

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
 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 Due

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


Flowcharts and Schematics
File & Asset Management
Interactive template exercise

11Development software tutorial
Interactivity and File linking
Flowcharts and Schematics for Prototype

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

13Project Development work and testing 
14Project Development work and draft presentation 1Draft presentation of prototype
15Project Development work reveiw and testing 
16Project presentationsProject submission

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Refer to MyRMIT Blackboard for this course shell for prescribed texts from Sessional Staff member


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online system.

RMIT has a range of equipment available for students to use to complete their assignments including access to RMIT labs with computers, server storage space and required software to complete exercises and assignments. Many students prefer to also have their own personal data storage device, (generally a minimum of two), personal computer with current versions of In Design, Acrobat, Bridge and Photoshop and current web browsers as required, as available in RMIT labs

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment and where indicated, you will receive a grade. Graded assessment tasks are equally weighted and will determine your final result for this course.
You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course.
For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

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
    Due - week 14


  1. Project submission
    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

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

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. Non-attendance may seriously jeopardise the chances of success in a course.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, 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 to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for 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.

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 go to Academic Integrity

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