CQUniversity Unit Profile
DGTL13008 Visual Storytelling
Visual Storytelling
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General Information

Overview

This unit of study builds on the prerequisite unit to teach visual storytelling concepts and narrative film-making techniques. You will learn how to create a visual story narrative by employing principles and elements of story design. You will develop practical film-making skills related to directing and cinematography during the production of a narrative short film. You will learn how to constructively critique screen production work through an exploration of screen culture and history.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: MMST11009 Digital Video and AudioAntirequisite: Students who have completed DGTL12010 Visual Storytelling or DGTL13003 Advanced Media Production may not enrol in this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Create a narrative short film by employing principles and elements of story design
  2. Create a narrative short film through the application of film-making principles and skills related to directing and cinematography
  3. Constructively critique screen production work within the context of screen culture and history.

Not applicable

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Practical Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Practical Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

All course resources are to be accessed online through the eReading list on Moodle.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro (Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription recommended) or other NLE software (eg. DaVinci Resolve 17)
  • Access to a digital camera (a smartphone with video capabilities is sufficient)
  • Access to digital audio recording equipment (a smartphone with a microphone and audio recording app is sufficient)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Andrew Couzens Unit Coordinator
a.couzens@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

What is visual storytelling?

Chapter

See Unit eReading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

The camera and visual style

Chapter

See Unit eReading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Lighting and mood

Chapter

See Unit eReading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Sound design: Beyond dialogue

Chapter

See Unit eReading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Art design and mise-en-scene

Chapter

See Unit eReading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Technical and Creative Folio Due: Week 5 Friday (13 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

NO CLASSES

Chapter

NO CLASSES

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Film production: The on-set experience

Chapter

See Unit eReading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Spatial composition part 1: The frame

Chapter

See Unit eReading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Spatial composition part 2: Blocking and staging

Chapter

See Unit eReading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Directing performance

Chapter

See Unit eReading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Temporal composition and continuity

Chapter

See Unit eReading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Pre-Production Folio Due: Week 10 Monday (20 Sep 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Post-production and visual effects

Chapter

See Unit eReading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Finding your audience

Chapter

See Unit eReading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Final Film Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

NO CLASSES

Chapter

NO CLASSES

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

NO CLASSES

Chapter

NO CLASSES

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Technical and Creative Folio

Task Description

The Technical and Creative Folio consists of a series of four small tasks completed on a weekly basis. These tasks will directly correspond to the theoretical and practical content covered each week, testing students on their technical and creative skills relating to camera operation, lighting, sound recording, and production design. Each task must be accompanied by a short (100-200 words) reflective paragraph interrogating the intention and outcome of the task in relation to key concepts discussed in the lecture. Harvard author-date referencing must be used for these reflective paragraphs, with a single reference list for the entire submission. Access to specialist equipment is not required for any folio tasks; all tasks can be completed using a basic camera and audio recorder, such as a smartphone.

Full briefs for each week will be supplied on the Unit Moodle site in the associated week.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (13 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Friday (27 Aug 2021)

2 weeks following submission


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

1. Adherence to the creative brief (30%)

2. Demonstration of proficiency in relevant technical AV skills (30%)

3. Application of course material and readings to process, as evidenced by written reflection (30%)

4. Application of academic conventions in written reflection (10%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please see the Unit Moodle site for submission instructions

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Create a narrative short film by employing principles and elements of story design
  • Create a narrative short film through the application of film-making principles and skills related to directing and cinematography
  • Constructively critique screen production work within the context of screen culture and history.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Pre-Production Folio

Task Description

In preparation for production of Assessment 3: Final Film, students will complete a series of pre-production tasks. These tasks will be completed weekly, with significant work done on them in tutorials. They will reflect the theoretical and practical content covered each week, including story ideation, shot lists, blocking mud maps, and script breakdown. The activities will be submitted together as a pre-production folio before production of the Final Film commences. Students may make changes to all activities until the final submission of the full folio document, as feedback and later course content may provoke ideas that require changes to earlier tasks. The Pre-Production folio will include working documents such as planning notes and early drafts of each task to demonstrate how course concepts were applied to each iteration, but the final version of each task must be easily identifiable within the folio. Additionally, a completed Risk Assessment form will be completed and submitted as part of the Pre-Production Folio.

Full briefs for each task will be supplied on the Unit Moodle site in the associated week.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Monday (20 Sep 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Monday (4 Oct 2021)

Two weeks following submission


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

1. Application of visual storytelling techniques to plan creation of meaning (35%)

2. Use of available resources to generate an ambitious but achievable production plan (35%)

3. Coherence and completeness of supplied pre-production documents (30%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please see the Unit Moodle site for submission instructions

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Create a narrative short film by employing principles and elements of story design
  • Create a narrative short film through the application of film-making principles and skills related to directing and cinematography
  • Constructively critique screen production work within the context of screen culture and history.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence

3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Final Film

Task Description

Students will produce a 3 minute (±30 seconds) narrative film using materials produced for Assessment 2: Pre-Production Folio and applying visual storytelling techniques and technical skills developed throughout the course. The film's runtime includes titles and credits. Students will adapt their narrative ideas to suit resource limitations – access to specialist equipment is not required.

A reflective essay of 1000 words (±10%) will accompany the submission. This essay must reflect on how course concepts and materials have influenced the final film in terms of its style, tone, and communication of narrative information. It must refer to at least two film screenings from the course and include a minimum of two scholarly references, which may come from the course reading list or individual research. As well as reflecting on the decisions made, the essay should also reflect on how the student responded to feedback received during tutorials and suggest a suitable release strategy for the film.

Further details will be made available on the Unit Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021)

Two weeks following submission


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

1. Application of cinematographic techniques to communicate narrative, ideology, and emotion (25%)

2. Application of directing techniques to communicate narrative, ideology, and emotion (25%)

3. Critique of how the final film creates meaning through reflection on course concepts and readings (40%)

4. Application of academic conventions in written reflection (10%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please see the Unit Moodle site for submission instructions

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Create a narrative short film by employing principles and elements of story design
  • Create a narrative short film through the application of film-making principles and skills related to directing and cinematography
  • Constructively critique screen production work within the context of screen culture and history.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

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