APG5398 - Digital media technologies - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Communications and Media Studies


Dr Daniel Black

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Over the past half-century, digital media technologies have wrought profound changes across all aspects of human society. This unit explores the nature of these changes by tracing their evolution, identifying key issues and debates associated with them, and considering their future trajectories.

Students will be introduced to key approaches to the study of new digital media technologies, with a particular focus on evolution and innovation in the ways in which new technological artifacts have come to play a central role in our lives.


Upon completion of the unit, students will have acquired:

  1. an understanding of the historical and cultural circumstances that have produced our current relationship with digital technologies;
  2. familiarity with key debates concerning the role of digital technology in contemporary society;
  3. familiarity with current approaches to the study of new media technologies;
  4. an understanding of the role of design in our relationship with technological devices.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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