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Postgraduate Course: Media and Culture (Distance Learning) (ARCH11080)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is an introduction to the issues that surround the emergence of digital design today. Online lectures and discussions cover topics that enable students to discuss the impact of digital technology from its immediate practical application to the long term redefinition of the design professions. The development of a broad social and psychological understanding of the nature and role of information, metaphor and interface will also form an important component of the course. Key texts by thinkers who have contributed new ideas and generated fresh debate about living and working in the digital age will be studied, which will provide the basis for focused discussions about how digital design is developing or could develop. Sessions will therefore be devoted to the major concepts and theoretical approaches which have a bearing on the practice of digital design, canvassing issues such as technological determinism, utopianism, technoromanticism, concepts of language, typology, space and the body informed by digital technology. The course will also incorporate lectures on the practical social, legal and cultural ramifications of digital media: usability, intellectual property and the popular media.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 3500 word essay on a theme drawn from the course. Topic to be discussed with teachers and decided by week 3. Abstract (1-2 pages) submitted week 5 (20% of marks). Final essay submitted week 14 (70% of marks). A weekly online quiz designed to test comprehension of the lecture content that will carry 1 mark per week if passed (10%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
A forward-thinking, global approach to design and the impact of technology. A more developed overview of the key philosophical ideas that have informed understanding of digital media. The ability to discuss project work in terms of recent theoretical ideas. The ability to be critical of digital technology and aware of its strengths and limitations. A re-conceptualisation of the student's own working method/aspirations. An appreciation of the issues of people-centred design and usability.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course will be taught entirely by distance learning. Lectures will be available online (as streamed audio or video, possibly live, but also recorded). Handbooks, notes and other materials originated by the teaching team will be available online. Online discussions using various technologies will be facilitated. Assessment will be via written submissions, submitted electronically.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course will be taught entirely by distance learning. Lectures will be available online (as streamed audio or video, possibly live, but also recorded). There will be no set hours for required attendance at class sessions.
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Course organiserProf Richard Coyne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2332
Course secretaryMiss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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