Course Title: Create user interfaces

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: COMM7339C

Course Title: Create user interfaces

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5351 - Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Ian Brown





Nominal Hours: 50

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

In this course you will cover the skills and knowledge required to create a user interface for an interactive media product. You will work to develop design specification documents for web environments, specifically focussed on requirements of the photographic industry.    

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUADIG403 Create user interfaces


1. Clarify project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss, with relevant personnel, the design specifications to clarify target user, audience and purpose of interactive media products 1.2 Identify text content and media assets to be integrated into user interfaces 1.3 Determine file output format suitable for the delivery platform of interactive media products


2. Generate ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research interactive media product user interfaces, designs, images, artwork and other creative sources that may inspire design ideas  2.2 Collect logos, trademarks and other relevant information that may influence or be incorporated into design ideas  2.3 Obtain and record copyright clearance, if required, for images used in designs  2.4 Use sketches and concepts in specifications to generate a range of technically feasible and creative design ideas  2.5 Present interface design ideas to relevant personnel for discussion and feedback


3. Plan approach

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select final design, incorporating any feedback from relevant personnel  3.2 Identify a range of appropriate industry-standard graphics software 3.3 Discuss and select graphics software, with relevant personnel, to meet specified outcomes 3.4 Explore a range of typographical and visual design elements that could be used in development of interface designs


4. Produce user interfaces

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use graphics software to develop structure for user interfaces based on final design concepts 4.2 Source or create and integrate all graphic interactive components 4.3 Apply visual design and communication principles to development of user interfaces 4.4 Apply principles of user-centred design and standards for accessibility to development of user interfaces  4.5 Document styles for text and presentation for use in style sheets and templates or themes 4.6 Save user interfaces in an appropriate output format that satisfies technical parameters  4.7 Adopt safe ergonomic practices when using equipment for long periods of time


5. Finalise user interfaces

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Review user interfaces to assess effectiveness of creative solutions, appropriateness to users and audience, and technical feasibility

5.2 Discuss additional requirements or modifications to the overall design with relevant personnel, and amend as necessary

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to interpret and clarify written proposals and present ideas for the creation of a user interface for an interactive media (web) environments. You will be able to design and develop a web environments specifically targeting photographic industry requirements.

Details of Learning Activities

Web Marketing is a clustered unit comprising of Create User Interfaces (CUADIG401) and Author Interactive Media (CUADIG402).   In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:

• lectures + tutorials • class exercises • class presentations • group discussion • online research • work shopping of students’ own projects   Out of class activities include, but are not limited to: • research (online /library /public displays/galleries) • independent project based work


Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources


 Lecture/In-class work

Tutorial/Exercise/Project work

Assessment Deadlines


Introduction to subject, assessments, graphic design & branding


Lecture: Why branding matters



Exercise: Me my brand and I. 

Defining the type of photographer I want to be as a brand


Tutorial: Introduction to InDesign.

– The basic interface (incl. tools, palettes, control panel, menus)

– Setting up a new document (size, margins, columns)


Project work: Research for A1

A1 briefing: Research photographers, websites, web templates, branding examples and document


Lecture: History and background of design principles 


Lecture: Mood boards

Tutorial: Introduction to InDesign.

- Optimising and importing images for use

- Typography & graphics

- Layers palette

- Swatch palette



Project work: Research for A1



Lecture: Colour theory (in design and branding)

Exercise: What do colours mean in design



Project work: Research for A1




Tutorial: Exporting InDesign to PDF


Project work: Complete research for A1

A1 submission: Research photographers, websites, web templates, branding examples and document DUE


Lecture: Branding

Exercise: Drawing a logo in Illustrator

A2 briefing: Create own branding, website template select and build sample pages, present and document


Lecture: The design process

Exercise: ideas generation 


Project work: Branding concepts



Lecture: Template websites

Exercise: Research and report on 3 mainstream template website providers


Project work: Branding concepts 



Lecture: Business collateral



Project work: Branding continued



Lecture:  Image sizing for web production

Exercise: Image sizing for web production


Project work: Branding concepts



Project work

Project work: Branding continued

A2 submission: Create own branding, website template select and build sample pages, present and document  DUE


Lecture: What’s in a website?

Tutorial: How website work


Exercise: Flow diagrams

A3 briefing: Build, test, document and implement feedback


Lecture: Research methods

Exercise: Conduct UX research


Project work: Website build




Project work: Collateral development



Project work

Project work: Spit and polish

A3 submission: Build, test, document and implement feedback DUE



Presentation: Present my brand

Class critique


Feedback and review 


 Additional feedback/review session

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Please see Canvas for updated reference list

Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:

The Learning Lab

The Study Support Hub

English for uni workshops

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your assessment tasks. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on myRMIT.

Assessment Tasks

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard required in the workplace. 

To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

You should refer to the assessment brief which is available through Canvas for full assessment criteria.

Assessment Task 1:Research Task
Research and develop your ideas/understanding for an industry profile
Due date: Week 4

Assessment Task 2: Create own branding, website template
Website template and user testing of your website design ideas and branding decisions
Due date: Week 11

Assessment Task 3: Final design proposal
Final website design and branding
Due date: Week 15

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
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


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Information about your studies:

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.


Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences. 

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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