CSE5900 , Unit Information Guide (Semester 1, 2006)

Chief Examiner Dan Eaves
Caulfield : Dan Eaves

Technical aspects of multimedia and web-site construction including HTML, CGI, JavaScript, etc.. Tools for creation of graphical and audio content. Applications of principles of design to typography, photography, cinematography, music, sound and interactive multimedia. Legal issues, usability testing and security. This subject is an overview of multimedia designed for computing professionals and recent computing graduates.

Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Unit relationships CSE5900 is a elective unit in the MIS and related Masters degrees. You must have a degree in computing or permission of the lecturer to enroll in this subject.
Texts and software

Required text(s)

Chapman and Chapman, Digital Multimedia, 2nd edition, 2004, Wiley.

You must purchase this textbook. There will be weekly readings assigned, and much of the coverage of the Unit Test and Exam will be based of the textbook. The old edition of the textbook cannot be used.


Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

Software requirements:

Microsoft Office, WinZip, a contemporary Internet browser (IE or FireFox recommended)

Hardware requirements:

On-campus students may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to 10 hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading

Library access You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.
Study resources

Study resources for CSE5900 are:

The Unit's textbook and selected Web sites made available through the lecture notes and the subject's web site.

The subject's web site, currently located at


All assignments and lecture notes will be available there. As well, there is a link on the page to the subject’s discussion forum.

Structure and organisation



Study Guide


The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


Assessment for the unit consists of 12 assignments each with a weighting of 5%, a Unit test with a weight of 25% and an examination with a weighting of 25%. Read this section VERY carefully. The best 10 (of 12) assignments will be used to calculate the 50% assignment component of the assessment for this subject.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

  1. Receive 40/100% or better on the assignments.
  2. Receive 40/100% or better on the tests.
  3. Receive 50/100 % or better overall.

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

(Best 10/12 assignments) 50% + Unit Test (25%) + Exam (25%)

Assessment Requirements


Due Date


Assignment specifications will be made available on the CSE5900 Web site. Information about assignments will be published on the Unit's Notices Newsgroup.

Assignment Submission Methods

Assignments must be submitted by electronic submission to dan.eaves@infotech.monash.edu.au. Please zip assignments. Please include your student number as part of the zip file name.

The due date is 4:00 pm on the date by the the submission is to be posted.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

No late assignments will be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made.

We assume that you will choose not to submit up to 2 of the weekly assignments with no penality. The best 10 of the 12 assignments will be used to calculate your overall assessment mark.

This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

Requests for extensions must be made by email to the unit lecturer at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Grading of assessment

Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
In the 70-79% range.
C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
In the 60-69% range.
P Pass - acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
In the 50-59% range.
N Not satisfactory -  failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
Below 50%.

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt. Assignments will not be returned but the lecturer will be happy to discuss the reasons for particular marks by email or during his office hours.

Feedback Feedback to you

You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

Feedback from you

You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

And if you are having problems

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

Plagiarism and cheating

Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.


There is very heavy reliance on CSE5900's discussion forum. I check it regularly 7 days a week and try to provide answers/comments within a day.

The forum is available through a link in the subject's web site, currently at http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/courseware/cse5900/



Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the Unit Website. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices newsgroup is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

Consultation Times

Tuesday 10-1

Thursday 2-4 and after the lecture if asked during the lecture

Other times by appointment


If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

Mr Daniel Eaves
Phone +61 3 990 32079
Fax +61 3 990 55157

All email communication to you from your lecturer will occur through your Monash student email address. Please ensure that you read it regularly, or forward your email to your main address. Also check that your contact information registered with the University is up to date in My.Monash.

Last updated: Feb 27, 2006