Course Title: Design digital applications

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5384 Diploma of Digital Media Technologies

Course Title: Design digital applications

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 50

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term1 2021

Course Contact: Nat Bates

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3326

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course gives you the skills and knowledge required to design digital applications, which may consist of one or many technologies integrated in various combinations.

It applies to working with clients to design specifications for digital applications, which are then built by other specialised team members. Digital applications may be operated in a web or mobile device environment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUADIG502 Design digital applications


1. Determine project requirements

2. Research digital applications

3. Draft design specifications

4. Review and confirm design specifications

Learning Outcomes

the ability to:

  • research digital applications and analyse how they meet audience, function and content requirements
  • design specifications for digital applications that:
  • meet client and audience requirements
  • are technically feasible
  • detail all aspects of the application’s permissions, search capability, architecture, content, assets, screen designs, functions, reports, production requirements and testing strategies
  • present and discuss draft specifications
  • explain the sequence and interrelationships of stages in the process of designing digital applications
  • outline issues relating to technical standards and platform functions that may impact on digital application options
  • outline the impact of web standards on the design of digital applications
  • describe typical formats and techniques for documenting the design of digital applications
  • describe the concept of intellectual property rights and how this is managed in context of digital applications.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, practical project work and through the application of learned skills.