Course Title: Use and adapt to changes in technology

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: EMPL5630C

Course Title: Use and adapt to changes in technology

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4224 - Certificate IV in Photoimaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Mr Guy Little
Phone:   03 9925 4865

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and adapt to a variety of technological changes within the cultural industries. This knowledge underpins effective performance in all sectors and applies to all people working in these industries

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSGEN01A Use and adapt to changes in technology


1. Evaluate information about new technology

Performance Criteria:

1.1  Where necessary seek information about the current technological changes that apply to the relevant industry

1.2  Evaluate the information according to the impct it will have on effective work performance within the industry, including information about:
1.2.1   changes in any type of equipment or technology used within the industry
1.2.2   likely effects of new technology on current work practices
1.2.3.  ways of upgrading skills to include the use of new technoogy


2. Adapt to changes in the new technology

Performance Criteria:

2.1  When required undertake appropriate training of new technology to improve work practices

2.2  Read any relevant documentation that will assist in the practice of use of the new technology

2.3  When required select appropriate equipment that is suitable for the specific uses defined by the new technology

2.4  Implement the new technology in current work practices



3. Update knowledge of new technology

Performance Criteria:

3.1  Continually apply informal and/or formal research to update knowledge of any subsequent new technologies that may impact on work practices

3.2  Monitor current changes in technology and implement those changes when required

3.3  Share updated knowledge with collegues as appropriate and incorporate information into day to day work activities

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be familiar with how new technologies can impact on your business and have developed some strategies to make use of these technologies.

Details of Learning Activities

In-class learing activitiesinclude, but are not limited to:
demonstration and practical application
peer teaching and class presentations
group discussion
field trips
online research
independent project based work
teacher directed group activities/projects
workshopping of students’ own projects

Out-of-class activities include, but are not limited to:
independent project baed work

Teaching Schedule

2.1 - 2.4
3.1 - 3.3
WEEK 2Industry overview historical background, workflows of equipment and technology 1.1 - 1.2
WEEK 3Industry overview historical background 1.1 - 1.2
WEEK 4Industry overview historical background 1.1 - 1.2
WEEK 5Industry overview historical background 1.1 - 1.2
WEEK 6Industry overview historical background 1.1 - 1.2
WEEK 7Compare and evaluate current technology and look at industry trends 2.1 - 2.4
 WEEK 8Compare and evaluate current technology and look at industry trends 2.1 - 2.4
 WEEK 9 Compare and evaluate current technology and look at industry trends 2.1 - 2.4
WEEL 10Compare and evaluate current technology and look at industry trends 2.1 - 2.4
WEEK 11Adapt to current industry trends and look at new business models 3.1 - 3.3
WEEK 12 Adapt to current industry trends and look at new business models 3.1 - 3.3
WEEK 13 Adapt to current industry trends and look at new business models 3.1 - 3.3
WEEK 14 Adapt to current industry trends and look at new business models 3.1 - 3.3
WEEK 15 Adapt to current industry trends and look at new business models 3.1 - 3.3



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Students will be advised of all learning materials relevant to this course on Blackboard


De Bono, Edward, Lateral Thinking.  Penguin, London, 1970

Other Resources

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for onging updated information

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in practical exercises and projects which involve the use of new technologies and looking at new business models.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formtive or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be cosidered as essential building blocks for the more substantial summative asseesment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

For further information on the assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.


1) iPhone /iPadAnalysis
Look at the iPhone /iPad.  choose an existing App and explain how you could imporve on it.  Analysis must be typed, 500 words and submitted to the teacher in class.  DUE DATE tbc

2) Invent a New Business Model
Look at new technology available and consider an idea for a photography/imaging business.  Point form is acceptable.  Diagrams are acceptable. 
For example:  FaceBook is a new technoloogy, so formulate a business idea/model around how you could use this technology to make money.  How might this idea work?
Business is an exciting and highly creative concept and you are to consider what it is to be an entrepreneur.  How do you adapt to changing technology and use it to your advantage.


3.  Design a new App for the iPhone/iPad that aids you in the business of being a photographer
Give a 10 minute presentation to the class (using appropriate visuals) explaining your new busines model and how the new App for the iPhone will contriubte to the model’s success.  Submit the notes for your presentation along with a full bibliography

Grading criteria for the graded assessment can be found on the course Blackboard site.

You will be assessed using the following grades
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved -Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

You will receive verbal and written feedback by the teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

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.
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