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Screen: Small, Medium and Large (CMS201)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal
Description This unit will provide historical perspectives on the emergence of cinematic, domestic and mobile screens. It will introduce students to a range of approaches in the study of contemporary screen culture and visual literacy. The unit will also consider the convergence and divergence of media platforms, interfaces and content. This will include issues concerning participatory media, gamification, remediation of old and new media and the ongoing evolution of the web.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Explain the influence of significant technological, industrial, cultural and social forces on the evolution of the screen.
2. Apply key concepts and theories related to cinema, television and mobile media.
3. Critically analyse a selection of narrative conventions, production strategies and cultural impacts of screen texts.
4. Create a short mobile movie including: storyboarding and scripting an original idea, using a mobile media device for recording and production, reflecting on the production process including applying relevant theory and offering constructive feedback on the short mobile movies produced by your classmates.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit uses a structured timetable as a framework for learning. Students are required to attend a 1 hour lecture and a 1.5 hour tutorial for 11 weeks of the semester. One tutorial will be conducted in workshop style to assist students with their major assignment. In addition to timetabled activities, students are expected to spend 7.5 hours per week on comprehending the weekly required readings, reviewing lecture notes, preparing for and completing each of the assessment tasks including concept test, research essay and short mobile movie.
Assessment Short Mobile Movie assessment: students to develop an idea related to screen technology, culture or history with 3 relevant unit concepts & filming on a mobile media device; preparing pre-production submission including script, storyboard & proposal for your proposed movie. After feedback from tutor, you will shoot the movie before attending a class screening of selected movies in last week of semester. Final part of assessment requires you to reflect on the short movie process & feedback you received from your peers.
2nd major assessment: an argumentative essay focussed around the unit's television module.
Thirdly, there is a one hour exam at the end of semester.
You will be marked on participation in tutorials inclusive of preparedness, engagement & attitude in individual, small group & class activities.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Communication and Media Studies (BA) [New in 2014]
Web Communication (BA) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Lauren O'Mahony

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2077
e: L.OMahony@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.054 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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Dr Lauren O'Mahony

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2077
e: L.OMahony@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.054 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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