Module Title:Multimedia, Interaction and Web Technologies
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Learning outcomes will be assessed by means of Continuous Assessment (20%) Practical (30%) and Final Examination (50%). The continuous assessment will be made up of project based work in which the student will gain experience by applying the technologies being examined. Other work will involve the student in active research of a topic or technology in question. LO1, LO2 and LO3 will be assessed in research topic 1 and also in class test 1 LO4 will be assesses in research topic 2 and also in class test 2. LO5, LO6, LO7 and LO8 will be assessed in laboratory exercises and also in class test 3. The Final examination will assess all learning outcomes. All topics will be covered in interactive lectures in class.
Module Aim: To provide the students with the theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to: - Develop and use Multimedia content - Design and develop usable system interfaces - Design and develop usable web sites
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Appreciate the basic concepts and principles of multimedia systems;
LO2 Understand the hardware and software requirements of multimedia systems;
LO3 Appreciate standards for sound, video, graphics and multimedia hardware;
LO4 Evaluate and Design suitable interfaces for software applications;
LO5 Understand the issues involved in publishing on the Web;
LO6 Understand the use of scripting languages to create interactive dynamic Web content;
LO7 Appreciate Internet security needs and solutions;
LO8 Design fit for purpose Web sites.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Section 1: Multimedia Systems
1. Introduction to multimedia systems: Basic concepts; Terminology. 2. Multimedia hardware requirements. Current standards. 3. Multimedia Elements: The use of text, sound, graphics, animation and video. 4. Sound formats: Waveform, MIDI, MP3. 5. Graphics formats: Vector Graphics and Bitmapped Graphics. 6. Video formats: AVI, QuickTime, MPEG. 7. File size and data compression: RLE, Huffman, JPEG, GIF, MPEG, MP3, Others 8. Multimedia Production Tools: Animation Tools; Drawing Tools; Sound Editing Tools (Waveform and MIDI); Web Production Tools; Video Editing Tools including: Dreamweaver; Flash; Photoshop; Imageready; Illustrator; Director; Authorware; Soundforge; Premiere. 9. Multimedia Applications: Preparation; Design; Design Team; Distribution.
Section 2: Human Computer Interfaces
10. Interacting with computers. What is HCI? The importance of the user interface. Who is involved in interface development? Understanding the user needs. 11. Human issues: Vision, cognitive psychology, cognitive processing, problem solving. How the limitations on human memory impact on the design of computer interfaces. 12. Usability engineering, usability specification, usability problems, cost-benefit analysis. 13. Types of interface: Linguistic Manipulation v Direct Manipulation. Use of metaphor, use of icons. Menu systems. Principles of good interface design (consistent, natural etc). Approaches to designing a user interface: Empirical, predictive modelling, cognitive and anthropomorphic (human-human). 14. Evaluating user interfaces by applying usability testing and by using the principles of good design. 15. HCI standards. European Computer Manufacturer’s Association (ECMA). International Standards Organisation (ISO).
Section 3: Web Technologies
16. Internet based multimedia. How the Internet is structured, organized and administered. Hypertext and Hypermedia systems. HTML and DHTML. 17. Publishing on the Web. Web page design and construction. The difference between print and web design. 18. Approaches to interface and navigation design for the Web. Factors affecting web page usability. 19. Introduction to scripting and scripting languages: JavaScript, VBScript, PHP, PERL etc. Introduction to web servers; Apache Tomcat, IIS. Client side scripting and server side scripting. 20. Introduction to Internet Security. Use of SSL and encryption. 21. E-Commerce: Setting up and running an online business
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other No Description   20.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation No Description   30.00 Sem 1 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description   50.00 Sem 1 End

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.67
Total Hours 200.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_KWCAP_C Higher Certificate in Science in Computing 2 Group Elective 1