Digital technologies have transformed our lives. In this digital age, these digital technologies serve as a medium to connect people, content and intentions. Whether you are studying or working, you need to be highly digitally literate in order not to be left behind. Through a series of four engaging hands-on subjects, you will acquire the relevant knowledge and skills to conduct research, evaluate information resources, create effective visuals and user interfaces and write effective web content for new media such as websites and blogs. This cluster of cross disciplinary subjects will equip you with the necessary digital literacies to give you a competitive edge over others.
Subjects Offered *
Effective Internet Research
With the phenomenal information explosion brought about by Internet technologies, the ability to critically evaluate information resources on the Internet becomes an important skill. In this module, there will be practical experience of evaluating actual Internet resources using identified criteria for research purposes. The topics covered include categories of Internet resources, Internet search facilities, evaluation criteria for different Internet resources, citation, copyrights and Internet communication etiquette.
Introduction to Digital Tools and Techniques
This subject provides you with an understanding of the importance of digital media processes and techniques. It equips you with the ability to use digital equipment for various production methods and explores the use of various design systems (eg. Corporate Identity, Grid Structure, Golden Section and Colour systems) to create effective visual presentations. This subject will enable you to create effective visuals using appropriate tools and techniques. It covers the fundamental concept and design systems for digital media production.
Introduction to Human Computer Interaction
This subject introduces you to the fundamentals of human computer interaction principles and usability evaluation techniques. Particular emphasis will be paid to applied and quality control aspects of the subject. There will be practical experience of usability evaluation processes that can be applied. The topics covered include the history of human factors in technology, human computer interaction principles, interface design guidelines and two usability evaluation techniques.
Styles and Issues in Writing for the New Media
In this subject, you will explore the differences between writing for print purposes and writing for the Web. You will learn how to organise information for Web viewers, learn how to chunk text for easy reading and design pages that can be easily scanned. Whether communicating in the public or personal realms, texts are impactful artefacts and you will be sensitised to the issues like social responsibility and privacy when writing for the new media like websites, blogs, podcasts and vodcasts.
* The subjects offered are accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to change.