Narrative and Interactive Design

10 Units

Introduces students to the study of narrative by examining the concepts of genre, tradition and convention in multimedia design. It then introduces the key concepts of interactive design. The course aims at reconciling these design concepts by introducing readings from communication theory, narrative theory and game theory. These theories will be put into practice and examined through the production of interactive multimedia.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Design, Communication and Information Technology
Availability Trimester 3 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

In this course students will:

  1. develop knowledge and skills in planning, developing and editing material for on-line delivery;

  2. gain an advanced understanding of the integration of narrative and interactive design principles for online delivery;

  3. gain an advanced understanding of the application of communication theory to production practice; and,

  4. develop an ability to critically appraise their own and the work of others.


This course will explore the development and production of on-line content and material. It contains eight modules:

  1. Aspects of Communication theory.
  2. Readings in narrative design theory.
  3. Audio and animation for online production.
  4. Readings in interactive design theory.
  5. Moving images and interactive sequences.
  6. Integrating narrative and interactive elements.
  7. Project planning and management.
  8. Production and analysis.
Replacing Course(s) CMNS6010 - Multimedia Applications in Public Relations and Corporate Communication
Transition CMNS6070 replaces CMNS6010. Students who have passed CMNS6010 cannot count CMNS6070 for credit. Students who have failed CMNS6010 should enrol in CMNS6070.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge The course will assume that students have no previous knowledge of this field of study; however, it is assumed that students have a basic level of computer literacy.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Problem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Journal -
  • Projects -
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials
  • CS6 Mater Collection Software
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for CMNS6070

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