Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedPrato Winter semester 2015 (Day)


This unit explores developments in art, science and technology, drawing on important periods in Italian history and culture as a background for understanding contemporary interdisciplinary practice. It will examine the nature and development of technology in science, engineering, the arts and architecture. Using the city of Prato and the museums, galleries, rural landscapes and built environments in the surrounding region, students will research, develop and present a team-based interdisciplinary project that draws on this rich historical, cultural and technological landscape.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • analyse the historical development of a new technology and its role in shaping science, art and culture;
  • observe, research and gather information in an unfamiliar cultural context;
  • identify and critically analyse technological, scientific and artistic innovations within the period of historical development studied;
  • apply identification and analysis skills to contemporary developments in creative computing and technology;
  • conceptualise, design and develop a response to an interdisciplinary problem;
  • participate productively in interdisciplinary teams: as a means of solving complex problems; developing communication skills; and be able to give and receive constructive feedback.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 48 hours per week over a 3 week period comprising:

  • 18 hrs lectures and discussions
  • 48 hrs organised field trips and excursions
  • 78 hrs of independent study

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must have at least 18 credit points of 1st year units from any degree by the commencement of the program in the student's proposed year of participation AND be enrolled full-time at Monash.

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