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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Examines the design and integration of graphics, text and interface elements in interactive applications. This unit introduces students to screen design, interface design and user experience as the essential elements of digital graphics and text in a practical, problem-based format.

Unit content

  1. Introduction to digital media.
  2. Hardware and software for capturing, scanning, creating and manipulating text and 2-D graphics.
  3. Graphical communication and information design.
  4. Text – Components, creation, use.
  5. 2-D graphics – Vector, bitmap.
  6. 2-D graphics – Components, creation, use.
  7. The principles and design of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) for multimedia applications.
  8. Screen design – Achieving balance between aesthetics and functionality.
  9. Storage formats for text and 2-D graphics.
  10. Compression formats and transmission techniques for text and 2-D graphics.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify and describe the main features of text and 2-D graphics
2 analyse aspects of content, purpose and end users that impact upon design and use of images, text and interface elements
3 apply principles and elements of visual design to the development of computer graphical user interfaces
4 design and develop screen layouts for computer graphical user interfaces and content presentation
5 demonstrate the appropriate use of text and 2-D graphics for both user interface and content presentation
6 describe and utilise the important storage formats for text and 2-D graphics

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and describe the main features of text and 2-D graphics
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  2. analyse aspects of content, purpose and end users that impact upon design and use of images, text and interface elements
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. apply principles and elements of visual design to the development of computer graphical user interfaces
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  4. design and develop screen layouts for computer graphical user interfaces and content presentation
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  5. demonstrate the appropriate use of text and 2-D graphics for both user interface and content presentation
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  6. describe and utilise the important storage formats for text and 2-D graphics
    • GA4: