Module title: Digital Imaging

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: IMD07114
Module leader: John Morrison
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Creative and Social Informatics


2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: John Morrison
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Blended format using lectures and practical instruction supplemented with VLE resources detailing directed and reflective study. Lectures will be two hours in length and will cover theory, principles, technology, development,distribution and cultural context.

The lecturer led practical sessions will be using Adobe Photoshop instruction materials, which the student is required to complete weekly. By completing the successive tasks and capturing progress in a digital sketchbook, students will extend the knowledge that they gained from the published texts and lectures, whilst having access to lecturer and peer feedback and support. Some of this time will also be set aside for monitoring progress on the coursework. Students will be encouraged to bring in their coursework each week to discuss their progress in small groups led by the lecturer (all LOs).
The remaining time will be devoted to directed study, where a comprehensive list of references will be supplied in order to illustrate advanced practice, these will incorporate videos, books, papers and websites, which will be updated regularly.

Assessment (formative or summative)
The coursework will be practical and involve the taking, manipulation and exportation of a digital image(s) in order to confirm that the student has successfully achieved all of the learning outcomes. Progress will be monitored throughout so that appropriate feedback can be provided throughout development process (all LOs).

Formative Assessment:
Students will be included in the active participation of dialogical formative feedback delivered throughout the module, provided by both tutors and peers during the practical sessions. This active feedback will be scaffolded through the use of a reflexive digital sketchbooks, which each student develops as an auto-ethnographic learning log throughout their experiential learning journey on the module. In addition, there will be regular self-test Moodle quizzes, and critical discussions on the work on other students past projects, assisting the current students in identifying any gaps between their current skills/confidence and the desired module outcomes, so they can work on closing the gaps (Feedback loop). There is also a focus on metacognition, emphasizing strategies of thinking and learning how to learn effectively using reliable sources.

Summative Assessment:
Summative feedback will be provided on students creative coursework’s which they will upload to Moodle. Some of the feedback will be tagged in the grading rubric with built-in criteria acknowledging a constructive alignment between the L.O and the assessment instrument. Additional feedback notes will be personal, timely and future focused (feed-forward) with a programme focus to help students navigate future modules.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 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 - Written 100 1-4 13 HOURS= 75, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module puts the theory and principles underpinning digital imaging into practice, nurturing your creative confidence through a practical, learner focused approach. The engaging and interactive lectures are designed to make the theoretical components of the module relevant through creative examples and exploring the important role of visual media in society. The technical aspects are made understandable through hands on learning and made relevant by exploring case studies on visual practitioners and exploring a review of the state of the art in digital imaging.

The module is assessed through a creative coursework and the continuous development of a digital sketchbook. These provide plenty of opportunities for formative feedback from the tutor and peers during the practical sessions, as well as a reflexive learning log for your continued journey on the programme.

On completion of the module you will have an increased command of the tools and concepts underpinning digital imaging. Specifically, the essential camera and Photoshop skills needed to produce an end result that matches your creative vision including:

Imaging principles ( light, colour, imaging technology)
Digital imaging capture (Manual settings of a camera: Shutter speed / aperture ISO)
Digital image editing (Non-destructive image editing, layers, masking, compositing and retouching)
Digital image exporting and archiving (in a range of digital file formats)
Underlying principles of imaging, vision and perception and the important role of digital images in society.

The content of the module will be regularly updated to reflect current technological developments and research within the school.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Recognise the underlying principles of imaging, vision and perception

LO2: Apply effective methods of capturing digital images

LO3: Apply appropriate methods for digital image editing

LO4: Apply appropriate methods for exporting digital images

LO5: Recognise the cultural significance of visual media in society

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
IMD07114 Digital Imaging