Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design


Mr Denis Masseni



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces and provides an opportunity for critical appraisal of a range of issues which multimedia practitioners are likely to encounter in professional life. The business and development environment raises concerns about intellectual property and copyright; as well as about privacy and protection of personal, client and employer information. The computerised work environment raises concerns about risk in terms of operator health and reliability of both hardware and software. There are social, individual identify, and communication issues related to Internet and Cyberspace.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. understand the range of benefits and problems of multimedia
  2. apply a high level of professional and ethical practice in their employment
  3. understand intellectual property issues as they relate to developers and employers
  4. determine whether cultural and social issues will impact on particular multimedia developments
  5. demonstrate an understanding of issues of access, equity, censorship, and computer addiction
  6. critically appraise Government and commissioned position papers, and be able to contribute to the discourse on multimedia development


Business plan (group project, equivalent to 2000 words per student) 40% (all objectives)+ Paper (1500 words) 30% (objectives 1,3,4)
Report (equivalent to 1500 words) 30% (objectives 5,6)

Workload requirements

2 hours in class and 10 independent study hours per week

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Chief examiner(s)


Admission to MMM and MMDes courses