Course Title: Critiquing Narrative

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critiquing Narrative

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet1 2022,
Viet1 2023,
Viet1 2024

Course Coordinator: David Moore

Course Coordinator Phone: n/a

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: VNSGS

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed all year one contextual courses (pre-requisite)  - 

COMM2832 Introduction to Cinema Studies 
COMM2489 Asian Cinemas or COMM2897 Cinema and Nation 
COMM2829 Genre and Historical Movements 

as well as COMM2830 Screen Culture and Theory before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.  


Course Description

In this course you will study traditional and digital audiovisual methods of narrative criticism, and develop textual and cultural analysis such as shot-by-shot analysis and critical deconstruction of scene, plot and action. You will discuss elements such as mise en scene and sound design and you will also consider the role of cultural and historical contexts in the construction of form and narratives. You will learn web-based research skills and prepare your own major critique of selected examples of film or video focusing elements for instance, cinematography, lighting, sound design to present original critical insights.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

PLO2: Interpret global communication and media theory to define and evaluate digital film- and video-making production processes and outputs 

PLO3: Develop narratives and screenplays and achieve storytelling outcomes for digital film and video 

PLO6: Apply critical and creative thinking skills and use self-reflection to develop ethical and professional capabilities   

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to: 

CLO1: Define and explain the cultural and social development and role of audiovisual storytelling. 

CLO2: Critically appraise existing narrative forms in digital film and video.  


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage in a range of activities that support the development of critical skills as applicable to the review, analysis and evaluation of digital film and video narratives. This may involve active investigation of specific focus areas of narrative and film criticism, close examination and analysis of narrative exemplars, communicating and justifying opinions, ideas and responses, and deliberative engagement with peers and teachers to consider and reconcile disparate points of view

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to technical resources such as camera, lighting, sound recording equipment and editing tools, as well as studio-based learning spaces.  You will be provided with diverse learning and teaching resources, including web-based resources, library collections, and online learning content. You will also be provided with a range of educational support services, including peer-led academic mentoring, tutorials, and internship and mobility support services.

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 Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Text analysis (individual) - 50%. Addresses CLO 1.  

Assessment Task 2: Critique (individual) - 50%. Addresses CLO 2.  

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 coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.