Course Title: New Directions in Narrative

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: New Directions in Narrative

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Stayci Taylor

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3146

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Please contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will experiment with various story structures enabled by digital and networked technologies. You will implement the conventions of the screenplay and storyboard, but also develop techniques for the development of non-linear and interactive narratives.

You will develop a complex script for a project that will exist across a variety of platforms. This project may be actually produced in a subsequent course.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in contemporary.
  • Master a body of knowledge and specific technical skills to progress your professional career within the contemporary media and communication arena.

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

  1. Critically analyse international best practice in writing for diverse media.
  2. Reflect on the structural complexities of digital storytelling.
  3. Research and review contemporary digital storytelling strategies.
  4. Create and justify content for a range of mediums and audiences.
  5. Critically reflect on ways in which media and communication convergence influences and shapes approaches to creative writing.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in a range of face to face and online activities such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, studios, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Media students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment.

Task 1: Presentation (Group) 50% Linked course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Task 2: Reflective Video Essay (Individual) 50% Linked course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5