Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit familiarises students with the relationship between design, text and digital media, key drivers of the so-called creative economy. Students are encouraged to critically reflect on various online platforms for writing and researching and how they mediate design. Further, opportunity is provided to incorporate these ideas into practice, through the editing, coordination and sharing of online content for purposes of publication. Digital Design Journal requires students obtain and show proficiency in the writing, design and digital curation of information in a professional capacity and appropriate to tertiary education.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) discern conventions of online media writing and visuality, and apply them in accordance with principles of authorship and ownership to articulate knowledge about design to a target audience; (2) demonstrate facility with the mechanisms of blogs, social media, syndication and plugin capabilities; and (3) build experience in digital photography appropriate to various online environments cognisant of copyright.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) 6 x 500-word online blogs and (2) 1500-word feature article. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Rene van Meeuwen
Contact hours
1 hour per week and 1 hour online per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.