Core Module Information
Module title: Narratives techniques for linear and interactive media

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CSI08100
Module leader: Ian Smith
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Applied Informatics

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module explores the techniques used in digital media to convey narratives. Concepts such as editing, framing, lens choice, perspective, colour grading are included alongside narrative structure and character development, amongst many others. Each aspect of how stories are developed and supported through the different crafts are covered so that a rich understanding can be gained about how each element contributes to the overall audience experience. The coursework involves analysing a narrative piece from your chosen media and utilising pertinent techniques to improve audience comprehension and engagement.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate a rich understanding of narrative practices utilised in linear and interactive media.
LO2: Analyse linear or interactive media in order to establish the narrative techniques employed by different crafts.
LO3: Be able to implement micro-narrative techniques in a chosen craft in order to support a narrative structure in linear or interactive media.
LO4: Apply appropriate methods of evaluating the effectiveness of a narrative from an audience perspective.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Ian Smith
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The class based lectures will cover the underlying principles of narrative practices (LO1), as well as explore the techniques utilised by different crafts within linear and interactive media (LO2). The implementation of micro-narrative techniques to support an overall narrative will also be covered (LO3), along with methods of capturing audiences' narrative perspectives (LO4). The tutorial sessions will address student's comprehension of each LO, and allow them to seek clarification, as well as develop their ideas. Further support will be available on a one-to-one basis as well as through Moodle fora. Directed study (podcasts, textbooks, papers and videos) will provide a wider context to place work within and appreciate the true diversity and potential of the field.

Formative Assessment:
Weekly tutorial sessions where students present their work and receive feedback accordingly. The coursework is split up into separate weekly tasks in order to manage the workflow efficiently.

Summative Assessment:
The coursework involves analysing a narrative piece from your chosen media and utilising pertinent techniques to improve audience comprehension and engagement. Content has to be evaluated by non- trained audiences in order to produce a report identifying the effectiveness of the narrative.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Practical 90 LO 1-3 13 HOURS= 00.05
Report 10 LO 4 13 , WORDS= 750
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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