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Unit Overview


This unit focuses upon the practices and concepts surrounding digital media. It equips students with core professional skills in media production and develops their understanding of scholarly perspectives on the uses of digital media technologies in contemporary culture. Through the combination of a hands-on approach to media practice and a theoretical exploration of the key concepts surrounding it, this unit offers students creative and critical engagement with digital media forms.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Communication and Media Studies major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) identify and discuss the digital media landscape; (2) identify and critically discuss various social perspectives associated with the digital media landscape; (3) identify, analyse and evaluate online resources associated with digital media production; (4) use digital media production equipment and software; (5) research a topic by collecting, analysing and interpreting information; (6) express research findings and ideas coherently and logically in oral, short essay and electronically-mediated formats; and (7) work effectively in teams using professional protocols.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critical evaluation and (2) media project. 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)
Dr Joachim Strand (00113614)
Unit rules
24 credit points at Level 1
COMM2203 Digital Media
Advisable prior study
and COMM1002
Contact hours
3 hours per teaching week
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