Course Title: Photography for the Technologists

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Photography for the Technologists

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2008


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof Gale Spring

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 7743

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. This is an introductory course.

Course Description

Photography for the Technologist is designed to give the student studying science and technology a basic understanding of photographic theory and practice. It begins with an understanding of how photographic equipment, materials and processes work; then, demonstrations and workshops support the practical component that culminates in student assignments. Photography for the Technologist covers the aesthetic as well as the technical side of photography, allowing the student to successfully use photography in a wide variety of professions or, simply, for personal interest.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is a university elective.


On successful completion of this course you should be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic camera functions.
  2. Select the right equipment and materials for specific outcomes.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of how to control perspective.
  4. Determine proper exposure under various conditions.
  5. Create photographs that follow guidelines of aesthetics such as composition and design.
  6. Clear written communication of analysis/critique/technical information supporting your photograph(s).


Overview of Learning Activities

This is a practical course primarily delivered through lectures and demonstrations and supported by tutorials. Some local field trips are scheduled to assist in completing assignments.

Tutorials are scheduled when needed and may vary from the normal lecture times. There will be some off-campus assignments that may be arranged when students and lecturers can work together on site.

If you cannot attend with the lecturer, there are ample instructions for you to follow.

Total Study Hours

A total of 120 hours of study is expected comprising:

Teacher-directed hours: 2 hours of face-to-face lectures/demonstrations and 1 hour of tutorials week (36 hours). Tutorials are scheduled as required for individual students, small or large groups.

Student-directed hours: To complete the photography assignments, an additional 2 hours per week should be anticipated up to a total of 84 hours.


Overview of Learning Resources

There is no specific text for this course. Information will be given in class and supported through Internet searches directed by the Lecturer.

Overview of Assessment

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements. 

A: Assessment tasks Undergraduate 

Assignments (40%)

This assessment supports CLOs  1-5 

Final Presentation Portfolio (50%)

There is a final presentation portfolio that comprises all 8 assignments, but must also be accompanied with appropriate information, drawings/diagrams/illustration, personal research and a commentary/observation on the assignment.

This assessment supports CLOs  1-6 

Final Folio (10%)

There are 10 marks (10%) available for design, organisation and presentation of the final folio. This refers to the readability and comprehensiveness of the work.

This assessment supports CLO  5


B: Assessment tasks - Postgraduate

Graduate students must complete 8 assessment tasks. They must, however, negotiate at least one (maximum of two) of the tasks 2-8 with the lecturer that will demonstrate use of imaging as it applies to your major course of post-graduate study.

The specific assessment task will be negotiated with the lecturer before it is submitted. It will attract the same weighting (5%), but will be assessed with your major area of study and prior negotiation in mind.