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Unit Overview


Alongside technological development, interactive systems have taken on an increasingly pervasive role in a range of political, economic, social and cultural processes, facilitating diverse media content across websites, apps, advertising, television and cinema, games, VR and social media. Focusing upon games as an intricate form of interactive system, this unit introduces students to the main elements and principles of their design and application. The unit engages students with both theoretical and practical aspects of games, aiming to facilitate their creative and critical engagement with the production and consumption of interactive media experiences.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Communication and Media Studies major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) recognise, evaluate and utilise key elements of interactive media; (2) develop a critical awareness of how interactive systems such as games affect social, political and economic practices, and vice versa; (3) demonstrate understanding of the key issues underpinning the production and consumption of interactive media experiences; and (4) develop research, writing and design skills applicable in a range of creative and media industries..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay and (2) game design 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
COMM1001 Power, Participation and Meaning (ID 813)
or COMM1002 Cultures, New Media and Communications (ID 814)
COMM2001 Media Influence
or COMM2002 Digital Media
COMM3304 Designing Virtual Play
Contact hours
3 hours per teaching week
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