ATS1119 - Communicating in the digital era - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Media, Film and Journalism

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Therese Davis


Associate Professor Therese Davis

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in course code A2002 or F2009 or B2028


This unit is a core unit for the Bachelor of Media CommunicationBachelor of Media Communication (


Knowledge of the evolving digital "grammar" of video production, broadcasting, news reporting, advertising, and social media is a powerful literacy that is essential for media communication professionals of the future. This "hands on", project-based unit provides you with a collaborative learning space where you can combine analytical skills in digital literacy with practical skills in media production to develop digital fluency. You will work in small groups to create a digital storytelling project that reflects on an aspect of media communication of relevance to the digital age. You will also have opportunities for self-initiated learning and individual assignments.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify and discuss the communicative role of specific digital media and different uses of digital storytelling;
  2. analyse key elements of a variety of digital communication;
  3. think critically about the legal and ethical issues of digital communication;
  4. work reflectively, independently and collaboratively with peers to develop and demonstrate technical proficiency and digital literacy skills;
  5. apply digital literacy skills to create a digital story that critically reflects on the evolving languages of digital communication.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 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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