VCM4029 - Designing multimedia systems - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design


Dr Indae Hwang

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit will examine the activities integral to the development of a multimedia systems, detailing the techniques of systems analysis and design used in the development process. Fundamental programming concepts will be introduced within a multimedia scripting language framework as a mechanism for system development. Students will be involved in a mixture of individual and group-based work which will require application of the theoretical knowledge gained in lectures to a series of practical problems in multimedia systems development.


At the completion of this unit students will have a theoretical and conceptual understanding of:

  1. a range of systems analysis and design methodologies and their associated tools that can be used in the development of multimedia systems
  2. the main participants in the development of multimedia systems and the roles which they perform
  3. the key tasks in the multimedia systems development process
  4. quality assurance techniques for the analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of a quality multimedia system

    At the completion of this unit students will have developed attitudes that provide them with:

  5. an appreciation of the importance of a thorough understanding of the principles of systems analysis and design so as to support successful development of multimedia systems
  6. broadminded awareness of the the advantages and disadvantages of alternative approaches in systems analysis and design

    At the completion of this unit students will have developed skills to enable them to:

  7. undertake a requirements analysis for a business application
  8. convert requirement analysis models to design models that represent a workable solution system
  9. prepare analysis and design documentation for a multimedia system
  10. encode data in XML format
  11. apply sound programming principles to the use of a multimedia scripting language such as ActionScript

    At the completion of this unit students will have developed the teamwork skills needed to:

  12. develop skills to work as part of a project team


Minor assignments (60%)

Major assignment (40%)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week comprising of a 1-hour lecture, a 3-hour studio and 8 independent study hours

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Chief examiner(s)


CSE1401, GCO1813, IMS1403, IMS2401, IMS5401, IMS9001, MMS1403, MMS2201 Translation Set: MMS9405