This unit provides a focus on specialist tools and techniques that are used for developing content-rich interactive multimedia systems using Adobe Flash. This unit will cover fundamental multimedia principles, practical development processes, the integration of mixed-media assets, interactive design and animation for digital media and different technologies for product deployment. Students will create content-rich interactive CD-ROM and Web-based products using industry standard authoring tools and will gain an understanding of the role of digital media within the broader technology environment.
At the completion of this unit students will have -
A theoretical and conceptual understanding of:
- information technology and the software tools as they relate to (and are used in) multimedia systems;
- the Adobe Flash authoring environment for CD-ROM and web based systems development;
- techniques associated with digital video, images and sound and the appropriate application of these for use in CD-ROM and web development;
- the formal process undertaken for preparing and documenting the various development stages of a multimedia system;
- how to achieve a range of special effects which are commonly required for advanced interactive design in multimedia systems;
- fundamental programming techniques and how to carry this knowledge across multiple languages.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
- outline strengths and weaknesses of information technology in the context of the development and use of multimedia systems;
- make informed decisions on the most appropriate blend of tools and technologies to support a given multimedia system requirement;
- formulate constructive criticism within the construct of critical analysis.
Developed the skills to:
- apply advanced interactive design techniques to a multimedia system using a time/frame based authoring environments;
- use a blend of industry standard multimedia tools and products;
- write code to assist in advanced system interaction with the programming language ActionScript 3.0;
- further enhance and refine user interface and navigational design and creativity skills in multimedia systems;
- specify an appropriate tool set for developing and supporting advanced features/functionality in a multimedia system.
Demonstrated the teamwork skills necessary to:
- build confidence in formal presentation techniques presenting personal ideas, research concepts and developmental progress;
- discuss and share developmental processes and techniques within an informal populated environment.
In-semester assessment: 100%
Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:
(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:
- One 1-hour lecture
- One 3-hour laboratory
(b.) Additional requirements (all students):
- A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.
IMS2402, MMS2402, MMS9402