MMST13015 - Collaborative Digital Media Project Part A

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit and its follow-on MMST13018 Collaborative Digital Media Project Part B provide a capstone opportunity to apply your accumulated experiences, skills and knowledge—especially those acquired to date in the Bachelor of Digital media course. You will opt in for a challenging real-life project to be undertaken for an authentic client. Working collaboratively as part of a team you will research client needs, analyse project requirements and propose solutions to the aims and objectives identified. Only initial creative concepts are presented by the team in this unit. The emphasis is to apply generic project development methods and planning processes to produce a production plan. This becomes the blue print for the production stage which ensues with the same team arrangements in the consecutive term. That is why, when you undertake this unit you must be prepared to enroll in MMST13018 Collaborative Digital Media Project Part B in the following term.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum 72 credit points

This unit is only available to students enrolled in CU23 Bachelor of Multimedia Studies or CC24 Bachelor of Digital Media

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Mixed Mode
Mackay
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Sydney

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Work 30%
2. Project (applied) 45%
3. Written Assessment 25%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 30.61% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit evaluations and staff observations.
Feedback
The Moodle site is confusing and difficult to navigate.
Recommendation
Restructure the Moodle site.
Action Taken
Experts from the LEAP Research Centre and the Teaching and Learning Division were consulted. Eye-tracking and speak-aloud analysis of the former Moodle site was conducted. Results and advice informed the Moodle site upgrade.
Source: Unit evaluations and staff observations.
Feedback
The documentation students create for this unit is disproportionate to the size of the groups and the projects.
Recommendation
Change the assessment items to focus less on documentation, and more on the development of pre-visualisations, proof of concepts, etc.
Action Taken
Bachelor of Digital Media discipline area experts were consulted for advice. Project documentation assessment requirements were revised to be more in line with the assessment requirements for design development stages as taught in relevant BDM units.
Source: Unit evaluations.
Feedback
There is insufficient information and guidance for completing the assessment items, particularly for Distance students and for projects that are not strictly "interactive media" projects.
Recommendation
Provide video lectures that clearly explain what is required for each assessment item, and how to adapt them to projects that are not strictly "interactive media" projects.
Action Taken
This aspect is best resolved through weekly online tutorials conducted via Zoom and tailored to the needs of each project team.
Source: Unit evaluations.
Feedback
The assessment items do not suit all project types.
Recommendation
Change the assessment items to better cater for a wider range of "digital media" projects.
Action Taken
Bachelor of Digital Media discipline area experts were consulted for advice. Project documentation assessment requirements were revised to be more in line with the assessment requirements for design development stages as taught in relevant BDM units.
Source: Unit evaluations.
Feedback
The projects offered do not sufficiently cater for the many fields within "digital media".
Recommendation
Offer additional projects that aren't strictly "real world" projects to cater for students whose field is not well-represented in the list of projects available. The "client" could be the Unit Coordinator, or local lecturer/tutor. Also, offer the option for student groups to complete a project of their own, rather than a "real world" project, and change the assessment to accommodate this.
Action Taken
Students have always been able to propose self-determined projects with self-determined criteria. This has resulted in numerous movie pilots and and proof of concept projects over the years.
Source: Unit evaluations.
Feedback
The assessment items are repetitive.
Recommendation
Reduce the number of "preliminary" assessment items.
Action Taken
Actioned.
Source: Unit evaluations.
Feedback
The prescribed text is specific to "interactive media" and not relevant to all project types.
Recommendation
Change the prescribed text to a more generic form of project management and recommend texts that cater to different types of "digital media" projects.
Action Taken
The former text was withdrawn. New resources provided reflect contemporary collaborative project development models such as Agile and Scrum.
Source: Unit evaluations.
Feedback
Working with "real world" clients was problematic when the client was unavailable or difficult to contact.
Recommendation
Ensure clients are clear about their relationship with and responsibilities to the students, prior to the students contacting them. Encourage students to follow up emails with telephone calls if the client does not respond in a timely manner.
Action Taken
The Heads of Agreement and conflict resolution strategy assessment items are designed to cover these issues. Team academic supervisors are also encouraged to proactively anticipate and act on such issues.
Source: Moodle evaluation, satisfaction score, and written advice from staff.
Feedback
There is significantly more dissatisfaction with the unit on metro campuses than on regional campuses and in mixed mode.
Recommendation
More thorough briefing and advice for staff teaching this unit at the metro campuses.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. collaborate as a productive and reflective member of a team
  2. communicate professionally and effectively with all project stakeholders including participating in establishment and maintenance of development records
  3. define a digital media project; specify its requirements and its scope so that it that meets project objectives
  4. participate in proposing a team-designed solution using media-specific pre-production processes and visualisation methods and a detailed project plan including a Gantt chart.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Work
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Work
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Written Assessment