Course Title: Design web environments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: COSC5949C

Course Title: Design web environments

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6104 - Advanced Diploma of Sound Production

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Tim Johnston
Phone: 03 9925 4325

Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to create a user interface for an interactive media product.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDIG502A Design web environments


1 Determine project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse project brief to identify purpose of, and target audience for, web environments
1.2 Consult with clients to clarify project requirements
1.3 Identify target audience characteristics and determine how these influence all aspects of design
1.4 Identify content to be incorporated and generated and how this content is to be accessed, searched or delivered
Element: 2 Research and select web environments


2 Research and select web environments

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research web environments and analyse their potential
2.2 Analyse how these web environments meet audience and content requirements
2.3 Identify issues relating to delivery platform and standards , and determine how these may affect web environment options
2.4 Consult relevant personnel to ensure that all possible web environment options are considered
2.5 Select web environments that will meet creative, production and technical requirements
2.6 Finalise operational plan in consultation with relevant production personnel and obtain sign-off according to organisational procedures
Element: 3 Draft design specifications


3 Draft design specifications

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Design the architecture of web environments to show interrelationship between environment components
3.2 Identify each web environment and specify its individual interactive features, functionality and navigation and its relationship to design as a whole
3.3 Identify content components and specify how these will be logically structured and integrated into and/or generated by web environments
3.4 Specify levels of access permissions to web environments as required
3.5 Specify media assets as required
3.6 Specify user interfaces of web environments
3.7 Specify production requirements , including appropriate testing strategies
3.8 Write draft design specifications to include all relevant advice to design and development teams
3.9 Discuss draft design specifications with client to ensure designs are consistent with project briefs


4 Review and confirm design specifications

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Review designs against required project outcomes, as well as client and audience needs
4.2 Review designs to ensure they meet creative and technical requirements
4.3 Adjust designs as necessary after discussions with relevant personnel
4.4 Clarify legislative or ownership issues 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 unit you will have skills and knowledge required to create a user interface for an interactive media product.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities may include:
• lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
Out of class activities may include:
• online research
• independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

Week       Class ContentElements
Week 1

Identify multimedia areas/types
Outline of assignments and assessment.
Assignment 1 - Group Presentation

Assingment 2 - Design and upload of website
Dreamweaver basics - site management
Dreamweaver Tutorial



Week 2Examination of audio file types: AIFF, WAV, SDII, MP3, Real Audio, MIDI
Streamed audio, MP3 downloads, quicktime movies
Exploring links to sound quality examples online
IMAGES – Photoshop/Illustrator
Dreamweaver Tutorial / Group Assignment Planning


Week 3Flash Basics
ProTools – encoding audio
Flash Tutorial / Group Assignment Planning


Week 4Assignment time: Planning, structure, approval of “Homepage”
Digitizing Pictures for multimedia/web applications: Final Cut Pro/Imovie
Flash Tutorial / Group Assignment Planning



Week 6Practical session for assignments1,1.2,1.3,1.4,



Week 7Practical session for assignments1,1.2,1.3,1.4,



Week 8Practical session for assignments1.2,1.3,1.4,




Week 9Practical session for assignments1.2,1.3,1.4,




Week 10Presentation of Websites - Feedback/class discussion1.2,1.3,1.4,




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A set of web based resource links are provided below for this course.
Resource Links:


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of the Library facilities.

Other Resources

External firewire/USB hard drive
1 pair of high quality headphones

Overview of Assessment

Course assessment tasks will include class based practical exercises and project work undertaken in the computer lab for submission.

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.

To demonstrate competency 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 assessment.
Formative Assessment:

1. Dreamweaver Tutorial – follow steps to design a mock website– Due weeks 1-2.

2. Flash Tuorial – follow steps to create interactive links and elements for website. Due weeks 3-4.

Summative Assessment:

3. Assignment 1 – Group Presentation Assignment focusing on the affects of new technology, in particular “sound online”. Due week 5.

4. Assignment 2 - Given a basic template, develop and upload a “homepage” to RMIT website. Produce and conform all audio for streaming and downloading at various bandwidths. Due 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 Competent Achieved-Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

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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