Module Title:Media Technology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: A combination of lectures and tutorials will be used. Particular emphasis will be placed on active learning. Students may complete written assignments and/or presentations as part of the module. Typical continual assessment: Write an essay and/or do a presentation examining a specific recent technological emergence in the media industry. End of year exam will focus on the technology behind capturing, storing and broadcasting video and audio information through various mediums.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the technology behind media production. New and emerging technologies, softwares and equipment may be examined and their potential influence on the media industry will be analysed.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Understand basic technical fundamentals behind capturing and broadcasting visual media.
LO2 Exhibit an appreciation for the need for various levels and types of digital compression.
LO3 Understand the importance and implications of technological decisions taken throughout production and post production workflows.
LO4 Demonstrate a knowledge of recent developments in technology and the potential influence the media landscape and our consumption of media into the future.
LO5 Understand how media companies are using new technologies to their advantage.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
New and Emerging Technologies in the media landscape.
Advances in new technology to include softwares, applications and / or equipment. The influence of new and emerging technologies on the media industry and landscape.
Digital Compression, Data storage, transfer and broadcast.
The reasons for compressing footage, audio and graphics. Types of compression. Common Codecs and their uses. Data storage and transfer options. Chroma subsampling.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Each student will complete a number of written assignments and / or presentations as part of the assessment of this module. 4,5 50.00 Week 25
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A written exam will assess the degree to which the student has achieved the understanding and knowledge as defined in the learning outcomes. 1,2,3 50.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Every Week 0.50
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 2.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EETVM_D Bachelor of Science in TV and Media Production 1 Mandatory
CW_EETVM_B Bachelor of Science(Honours) in TV and Media Production 1 Mandatory