Course Title: Scientific Imaging and Illustration 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Scientific Imaging and Illustration 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Mr Phred Petersen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2502

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 5.2.38

Course Coordinator Availability: Friday 9:30-3:30

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

COSC 2463 Processes and Cultures of Photography 102
VART 2978 Studio Imaging 102
or permission of Course Coordinator

Course Description

Scientific Imaging and Illustration 1 is intended to introduce applications of “Photography as a Tool” to observe and record subjects or phenomena difficult or impossible to observe with the unaided eye. Principles learned may be applied not only to photography for data analysis, but offer new tools for creative and illustrative photography as well. It is intended that the objectives of this course build a foundation for PHYS 2104 Scientific Imaging and Illustration 2, where photographic methods are used to record and analyse the motion and time-frame of very short through very long duration events.

Students in other programs with a basic photographic background may choose it as an elective.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop your skills in the use of photography as a tool for investigation and observation of things that are outside the range of normal visual perception.

On successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
• Explain a variety of techniques to extend our range of visual perception.
• Define the specific problem to be solved, and offer at least one photographic solution or application to help solve the problem. This is basic “Experimental Design”.
• Develop and demonstrate knowledge of specialized materials, processes, and equipment used in scientific applications
• Develop a discipline for recording experimental data for future reference and to ensure repeatability of experiments.
• Professionally present images and accompanying reports.
• Demonstrate the ability to work successfully with members of a team.

Overview of Learning Activities

The content associated with this course will be delivered in both a lecture format, studio based demonstration, and practical assignments. Some specialized topics may be delivered by current practitioners from the related Industry.

Regular group critiques of progressive work will be conducted as tutorials. Timely submission of work is essential for inclusion in the ongoing discussion. Knowledge will be tested by a comprehensive written test.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no single textbook for this course, as the breadth of topics are covered in several sources. Lectures will be supported with handouts, materials distributed online via the DLS and specific references where appropriate. Participants will be encouraged to keep a Computation Book of all assignments. Students will be required to undertake further reading and study of the weekly topics from appropriate texts held within the library, related periodicals, journals, and WWW resources.

Overview of Assessment

Each topic area will require the submission of photographic assignments and accompanying technical reports. Assessment is based, in part, on the successful submission of these progressive assignments, by the published deadline. This work will be discussed in tutorials to provide relevant feedback to steer further development of your work. A final folio of all assignments (which may include previously submitted progressive work) will be presented.

Completion of the final folio will assess: the ability to define and solve problems, knowledge and application of relevant photographic materials, processes and equipment, and the ability to work with team members to complete a task. Project reports will assess the ability to record, report and present the results of investigations.

Theory knowledge is tested with a final written test.