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Media Project 6 Documentation


Media project 6
The aim of Media project 6 is to develop the students capability for self-directed learning and professional practice with specific reference to design, research, and project management processes. The module also seeks to challenge and develop the students communication skills especially in the presentation of the concepts and practical outcomes of the project. The form the final project outcomes will take should demonstrate a respect for the overall project process and the quality of media incorporated should be to a professional standard both technically and aesthetically. Unlike previous modules this is a fifteen-credit module. It should therefore be noted that the individual workload is larger both in terms of content but also self-directed study. This should be factored in to any timetabling or scheduling of Project related tasks.

Project & Groups

Unlike in previous Project modules where students operated individually, project 6 is based on groups. Students are allocated to a group and the group is then allocated a project to undertake. Groups this year normally comprise of four students. However depending on project and student numbers this may vary. Projects As already described each group will be allocated a Project to undertake. The projects will be based on real world problems and it is intended that the project teams will produce solutions to these Problem statements which are innovative, creative and to a professional standard. It is also to be expected that the final solution is appropriate and reflects the expected level of involvement for a 15-credit module. Project teams (Groups) Once a project team has been created and a project has been allocated, the team must begin the process of allocating specific roles and responsibilities. These must also be extremely clear to all involved. Indeed it is recommended that teams clearly define in writing what precisely is the role of each member and what they are responsible for. Project supervision and Reviews Each student Project team (group) will be assigned a supervisor. This supervisor will be your first point of call re queries or advice. However this does not preclude students contacting other members of staff when and as required. In fact this is actively

It is extremely important that students are proactive in seeking advice from supervisors so as to ensure that their Project is running correctly. It is also important that when seeking assistance students arrange meetings at times that give both the student and supervisor sufficient time to fully discuss the particular issue. It is also strongly recommended that students take notes of comments and suggestions made during these meetings as all too often advice is forgotten soon after meetings.

Within this module there are two Project reviews. These will be formal presentations where students provide the Supervising team with a view of their Projects process. These should be regarded as similar to what would be produced for a client on a real world project. From these reviews feedback is provided so that the group can correct any errors in their progress. Project Management (Blog) The first task that all project teams must do is to create a blog. Once created the team leader must email both myself (Phil Curtin) and Gearoid with a link to the respective blog URL. The purpose of the blog is to allow the supervising team the opportunity to keep an overall view of how Projects are progressing. It also serves to help the project group assess its own progress. Therefore each member of the group must contribute to the blog on a weekly basis. If students do not contribute content they must explain why this is so, to their supervisor. Involvement in this process may also be considered during assessment When it all goes wrong Projects are in many ways small slices of real life. Initial aspirations and ambitions dont always go as expected. Indeed the expression if it can go wrong it will is very apt in this context. So what can go wrong and what should you do. The range of possible scenarios is limitless however common issues relate to time management and team members disappearing or simply not pulling their weight. The first thing that must be considered when creating a Project plan and timetable is to build in a suitable cushion to allow for overruns and similar disasters. Very simply where possible have an alternative plan available. Dont wait for the problem to arise before considering what to do. Then it may be too late. In terms of issues relating to other team members you must understand that completion of the Project as per your proposal is the ultimate goal. Your job is to solve problems not create them. Therefore where possible you need to discuss team member related issues with those concerned immediately they come to light. You must also inform your supervisor of any concerns. Ideally your supervisor will not be required to act as most of the time these issues are simple and solved very quickly. If this is not the case then your supervisor will mediate the situation and take note of the circumstances. What must be understood though is that the project must continue and the team must provide their own solution to any problem that arises. This is important as your final assessment will consider issues relating to how the team dealt with the management of their project in all its aspects. To summarise. If your project is having a problem or there may be one on the horizon, you must notify your supervisor and seek advice.

Final presentation & written report

Again as with the review the final presentation will be a formal event, as if to a client. Students will be advised closer the time as to precise details of location and duration. However the presentation should be to a professional level using PowerPoint or similar. It should be structured in such a fashion that it will provide those unacquainted with the product, a full understanding of its background, context and the process involved with its development. This should then be followed by a demonstration of the product or solution in action. The final part of this presentation will involve a Q&A with the examining group. On completion of the presentation the students must also present their completed written report. What is important to note is that all work

submitted must be to a high professional standard. Presentation and the quality of the content submitted must be the primary aim.

Assessment & Criteria

Marks for this module are only generated at the end of this semester and are based on a combination the final submission (Presentation and written report) and consideration of overall individual contribution. Therefore there will be a project team mark and an individual mark. The combination of the two provide the student with their individual grade

Team Grade
Presentation (60% of team mark) Written report (40% of team mark)


Individual grade
Based on individual contribution throughout the module

75% 100%

Final Grade

It must be noted that for each 5 credit module the workload is rated at 7 hours per week. This is a 15 credit module and so the workload per student rates at 21 hours per week. Therefore with a group of four students the work level on a Project would be 84 Hrs per week and 1008 hours over the whole module. It is vital that you consider this in your project planning and individual time management.

Project 6
Report Requirements & Guidelines
The following guidelines relate to chapter headings and indicitative content relating to these chapters. It is important to realize that the purpose of this report is to provide further clarity to your presentation and the Product overall. It should be considered as a reference point for anyone reviewing your project submission. Its purpose is also to clearly identify and document the individual roles and responsibilities of the individual Project Group members. It is also important to identify clearly any content or involvement from any third party, that became part of the project submission. If you are unsure in anyway then it is important that you seek clarity ASAP from your supervisor. As the report submitted, forms part of the examination process it is important that students understand the importance of declaring accurately their true roles and responsibilities.

Report length and style Very simply the report should be as long as it needs to be to fulfill its role. However as a guide we would expect the Report document to be in the region of 1500-2000 words. You should find that when you write your first draft of the Report it will be longer than this length. This is normal and the process of editing your material down to this level helps to produce a more concise piece. In terms of style there is both the written and the visual. In terms of written, please avoid using the first person unless there is specific reference to your role or responsibility. Being involved in a design-based degree your written submissions should also reflect the importance of design in the presentation of all information. Therefore please consider the visual presentation of your Report. You should think how the use of type, colour, images, illustrations etc could all enhance the presentation of the information contained within your report. Again it is about clarity and ensuring that you get across the information you are presenting. This is also part of your Presentation and hence is assessed as such.

Chapter Headings
The following are intended as a guide or template for your report. If you feel it helps to add further chapter or sub chapter headings then do so. Title Page This must include the Title of your Project as well as the names of all Project group members. It must also include Project 6, 2011-12 and MM3 Introduction This should provide the reader with an overview of your Project and set the scene for

Further chapters.

Background This should place your Project within a defined context. Why have the group undertaken this particular solution, what is the perceived need for it. How does it relate to other similar pieces? Aims and Objectives? What was the Project intended to achieve (Aims) and what was done to realise this. (Objectives) Roles & Responsibilities Include here an explanation of roles played by various members of team if this was a group-based project. It is important that the group all agree on what everyones actual role and responsibility was, as this forms a part of your individual marks as part of the overall project mark. The Design and Development Process How did research inform the design and subsequent development of the Project piece? Also how did the process of development occur? Product description This chapter should clearly describe the product itself and nothing else. As part of this it should also describe its operation. Conclusions and Recommendations What can you conclude in relation to the Project outcome. For example what would you do different, what worked, what didnt etc) in terms of recommendations you should consider what issues have arisen from youre your Project and what opportunities are there for future research and development? References Please place all RELEVENT research references here. Appendix This is not required as such but may be useful from a design perspective, as a place to put data etc too large to be in the main body of the document.

What to deliver
Each group will deliver two copies of their project report plus any DVDs or supplementary material at the time of their Presentation. This must be provided as a complete package. (Following their presentation each group must also email a PDF version to me on the following address. Phil.Curtin@cit.ie If you have any queries etc please contact me or any other member of the supervising team ASAP.

Introduction to module
Week 1

Broad view of module and its structure. Introduction to project and structure of Module. Prior to being assigned a group or Project all students must undertake a review of preliminary areas for their project research.

Review of brief & Teams

Week beginning 6 Feb Week 2

Students allocated to specific project groups and groups provided with project theme. Supervisors also allocated to groups

First Draft Proposal

Week beginning 13 Feb Week 3

Teams must present their final project proposal. This will detail the aims and objectives of their proposed solution. Plus a timetable of activity as well as the listed responsibilities of team members.

PRESENTATION and completed Project documentation

Week beginning 20 Feb Week 4

Each group will do a presentation to the class. This will introduce the problem statement and the proposed solution. Each group will also submit a completed project document. This document will include Aims and objectives as well as a schedule of tasks detailing how the project will be undertaken. This document should also begin with a short introduction that will provide the reader with a broad view of what is being proposed . This document forms the basis of your project and will be the one that is used as a reference for your final submission.

Research Presentation
Week 6 th Week beginning 12 March Location TBA

This will be a formal presentation by the each group It should be a very simple PowerPoint plus any other supporting material, which indicates the nature and progress of the project being undertaken. This will include a Q&A with the supervising team.

Prototype Review
Week 10 rd Week beginning 23 April Location TBA

This review will operate in the same fashion as the one on week seven. It will be informal and it is expected that a simple PowerPoint be provided. However it is also expected that a prototype of the proposed product is presented. This need not be complete at this stage however it should indicate at a minimum a proof of concept in operation. For clarification on this please refer to your supervisor before the presentation. Again written feedback will be provided but it is also recommended that students take notes during the Q&A.

Final Presentation + Final written submission

Week 13 st Monday 21 May Location TBA

This will take the form of a full formal client presentation of your product. Followed by submission of the written report. Location and times etc will be advised closer the event. It is recommended that students practice their presentation prior to the actual one. This is so as to familiarize themselves with it and so they can identify any glitches or problems that could arise on the day.

Media Project 6
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Module Media Project Bachelor Project/Major Project

MMED7010: Media Project 6

Module Delivered in

Programme Code CR_HMMED_8



Delivery Mandatory

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Multimedia 6

Short Title: Full Title: Module Code:

Media Project 6 APPROVED Media Project Bachelor Project/Major Project MMED7010 NFQ Intermediate Level: ECTS Credits: 15.0

Module Coordinator:


Description: The aim of the project is to develop the students capability for self-directed learning and professional practice with specific reference to design, research, and project management processes. The module also seeks to challenge and develop the students communication skills especially in the presentation of the concepts and practical outcomes of the project. The form the final project outcomes take should demonstrate a respect for the overall project process and the quality of media incorporated should be to a professional standard - technically and aesthetically. Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to 1. Discuss the design, cultural, technical and economic issues related to the your chosen subject matter; 2. Show appropriate use of project management skills and tools in application of project resources and in meeting project milestones on time and to specifications; 3. Demonstrate judgement in the application of appropriate research and design methods in arriving at final solution(s) for the proposed project; 4. Demonstrate specialised technical, creative or conceptual skills and tools in the development, completion and presentation of the project outcomes; 5. Show critical personal reflection and accountability in relation to learning from successful and unsuccessful project outcomes. Pre-requisite learning Module Recommendations This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s). No recommendations listed Incompatible Modules These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list. No incompatible modules listed Requirements This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section. No requirements listed Co-requisites No co-requisites listed listed

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Module Media Project Bachelor Project/Major Project

MMED7010: Media Project 6

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content Practical Students may develop and realise a complete media system or media product, such as an interactive media system, an animation, a game, a video or a sound product. The work should demonstrate an understanding of how to apply a range of methods and tools in arriving at a professional solution. Concepts Students may explore a concept from a cultural or market perspective that they wish to develop as a proposal to industry. Students developing ideas should cater for the cultural, technical, aesthetic and business aspects of a particular idea and explore all these aspects through sound research methods. Students should be able to create and present a prototype that has a sound basis in technology as well as being appropriate to the needs of the target stakeholders. Such projects should demonstrate an awareness of the market in which the proposed project will operate or be displayed. Prototypes may be aimed at business, cultural, academic or community based environments. Structure Projects can be the product of individual or team effort and in the case of team work the project proposed should outline clearly the areas of responsibility for each member of the team. Project Schedule: - Discussion sessions and review of preliminary ideas; - Student presentation of Ideas (seminars; individual and group reviews); - Student Proposals (to be accepted by the project examination board);- Paper Prototyping (group/peer reviews); - Prototype Presentation (group/peer reviews); - Final Presentation (assessment). Assessment Breakdown Course Work End of Semester Formal Examination Coursework Breakdown Type Description Outcome addressed 2,3,4,5 1 % Assessment of Date total 75.0 Sem End 25.0 Sem End % 100.0% 0%

Project Written Report Reassessment Requirement

Final Project Colloquium

Coursework Only This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination. The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

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Module Media Project Bachelor Project/Major Project

MMED7010: Media Project 6

Module Workload & Resources

Workload Type Description

Full-time Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload



5.0 12.0

Every Week 5.00 Every Week 12.00

Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description

Total Weekly Learner Workload 17.00 Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00 Resources Recommended Book Resources Nigel P. Chapman, Jenny Chapman 2004, Digital Multimedia, John Wiley & Sons Inc [ISBN: 0470858907] Cranny-Francis, Anne 2005, Multimedia; texts and contexts, Sage Pubns [ISBN: 0761949941] Robert K., Ph.D. Wysocki~Robert, Jr. Beck~David B 2000, Effective Project Management, 2nd Edition Ed., John Wiley & Sons Inc [ISBN: 0471360287] Kathy Schwalbe 2001, Information Technology Project Management, Second Edition Ed., Course Technology Ptr [ISBN: 0619035285] Roy Stafford ; Gill Branston 2002, The Media Student's Book, 3rd edition Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 0415256110]

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