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Visual Literacy (PHO204)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Understanding the image and developing visual literacy particularly as it applies to photography. Visual literacy is the ability to evaluate, apply, or create conceptual visual representations. Skills include the evaluation of advantages and disadvantages of visual representations, to improve communication, to decode and critically analyse photographic work, to create and communicate knowledge, or to devise new ways of representing insights.
Unit Learning Outcomes ULO1 Demonstrate skills and experience in visual research and interpretation, including research-oriented creative practice,
ULO2 Demonstrate understanding of debates around aspects of photographic culture.
ULO3 Apply a range of theoretical perspectives on the photographic image that have emerged since the invention of photography.
ULO4 Demonstrate informed understanding of creative photographic culture at the level of the still image and in the context of their own practice.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour; workshops: 1.5 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences Visual Literacy is a theoretical based unit supported by practical photographic exercises and experiments. It focuses on developing visual language skills and competencies informed by theoretical concepts. Teaching is based on a lecture series combined with workshops and field exercises supported by student readings and research. Students will be expected to work individually and in groups to discuss theoretical concepts and perform assignments. LMS is used extensively for information dissemination, discussion, and assessment.
Other Learning Experiences Working in groups to discuss topics, issues and debates
Assessment Assessment consists of weekly readings reviewed in class and assessed in weekly in class quizzes, seminar presentation, a practical assignment and an essay. These assessments are designed to allow students to demonstrate that they have grasped the unit's major concepts and have developed skills and proficiency in their communication. Assessments consist of Weekly Workshop Participation (10%), Photographic Tasks (20%), Photographic Review Paper (20%), Major Portfolio (30%) and an Essay (20%).
Prerequisites Nil. However some photography experience is advised. If you have no experience with photography it is advised that you complete PHO124 prior to attempting this unit.
Notes Basic photography skills are required to complete this unit. Students who have no experience in photography are strongly advised to complete PHO124 Photography I prior to attempting this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Games Art and Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Graphic Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Photography (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Screen Production (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Sound (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
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
Ms Vikki Wilson
Lecturer Multimedia

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6245
e: V.Wilson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.052 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Ms Vikki Wilson
Lecturer Multimedia

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6245
e: V.Wilson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.052 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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