2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
COMM2715 Digital Storytelling
20 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Adam Raw Mackenzie
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Module replacesCOMM2705 Interactive Narrative and Gaming
This module is not approved as a discovery module
This module is approved as a skills discovery module
Module summaryThis module examines forms of digital storytelling in the context of traditional and interactive narrative. It explores the role of digital storytelling in a range of social contexts.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to ...
This module examines forms of digital storytelling in the context of traditional and interactive narrative. It explores the role of digital storytelling in a range of social contexts. Students will develop the skills to create multiform narrative and digital stories that use narrative as a means to educate and entertain.
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the theories and conventions of narrative structure;
2. Research and present plans for a digital story in a visual format;
3. Create and plan for the distribution of a story in an appropriate digital format using current technologies.
Digital Storytelling (Context)
Character Design and Development
Comic Book Conventions
Advanced Animation Techniques
Narrative in Gaming
This module provides an introduction to the history/emergence of digital storytelling. Case studies from various media such as, news, cinema and the internet are presented.
Contemporary applications of digital storytelling are demonstrated, including the role of digital storytelling in commercial and educational campaigns and the interactive media industries.
Narrative theory, such as the conventions of plot and character development, the representation of narrative action and the use of words/tone of voice are taught, together with sound as a narrative device.
Methods for the formal presentation of plans for digital stories (including flowcharts, storyboards and structure diagrams) are also covered.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||170.00|
|Total Contact hours||30.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private study60 hours - reading for lectures
110 hours - completion of practical work
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackPerformance is monitored weekly at the workshops. Students present their practical work for review.
The summative mid-semester assessment provides an opportunity for formal feedback.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Presentation||Verbal 5 minute presentation||10.00|
|Practical||Equivalent to 1,000 - 1,250 words||30.00|
|Practical||Equivalent to 2,000 - 2,500 words||60.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 16/10/2019
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