MMS5950 The multimedia industry - Semester 2 , 2006 unit guide

Semester 2, 2006

Chief Examiner

Marian Quigley


Caulfield : Marian Quigley


Legal and ethical issues such as copyright and privacy relevant to the multimedia professional will be discussed; current and future application areas of multimedia; responsibilities of the multimedia professional and related issues will also be explored.


At the completion of this unit, you will have:

    Knowledge of:

  • legal, economic, social and ethical issues of relevant to multimedia production in industry
  • current and future application areas of multimedia
  • Understanding of:

  • how to identify application areas for which multimedia products are suited
  • Skills in:

  • obtaining information on matters of relevance to multimedia production in industry
  • professionally presenting ideas to a group or committee
  • Attitudes of:

  • taking on the professional responsibilities of a multimedia system developer


Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed FIT5900, GCO5900 or equivalent


Unit relationships

MMS5950 is a core unit in the Master of Multimedia Computing degree.
Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed FIT5900, GCO5900 or equivalent.

Texts and software

Required text(s)

There is no textbook for this unit.

Textbook availability

There is no textbook for this unit

Software requirements

There is no software requirement.

Hardware requirements

Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the Faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations 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 12 hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading

Some references will be be recommended by the unit adviser during lectures in Weeks 1-3. The remainder of lectures wull be given by multimedia professionals. Students will be expected to utilise the library catalogue and databases to find references relevant to their chosen areas of research.

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 MMS5950 are:

This unit information outlining the administrative information for the unit.

The MMS5950 web site on MUSO, where lecture slides, assignment specifications and supplementary material will be posted.

Videotaped copies of lectures will be posted to OCL students.

Structure and organisation

Week Topics Key Dates
1 Introduction
2 Research Skills and methods
3 Societal Implications of Multimedia Research Topics and Working Bibliography
4 Ethical and legal issues Oral Presentations
5 New Media Producer Oral Presentations
6 The Multimedia Freelancer Oral Presentations
7 Career Planning Oral Presentations
8 Multimedia Imaging Oral Presentations
9 Music composer Oral Presentations
10 Australian Animator Oral Presentations
Non teaching week
11 Role of Animation Festivals Oral Presentations
12 Government Multimedia Initiatives Oral Presentations
13 No Seminar Research Report


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


Assessment weighting

Assessment for the unit consists of 2 assignments with a weighting of 100%. Read this section VERY carefully.

Seminar Discussion Paper 30%
Research Report 70%

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

Attain 50% of overall assessment for this unit. Attend 80% of seminars.

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

Seminar Discussion Paper 30%
Research Report 70%

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Due Date Weighting
Seminar Discussion Paper Week 4-12 30%
Research Report Week 13 70 %
No Exam Exam period (S2/06) starts on 23/10/06 0 %

Assignment specifications will be made available On the MMS5950 MUSO page.

Assignment Submission

On-campus Students submit the assignment to the UNIT ADVISER by OCTOBER 20, with the appropriate cover sheet correctly filled out and attached. Off Campus (OCL) students mail your assignment with the cover sheet attached to Dr Marian Quigley, Berwick School of Information Technology, Monash University, Clyde Road, Berwick, 3806. Do not email submissions. The due date is the date by which the the submission is to be posted.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of a 10 % reduction in grade for each day (including weekends) the assignment is late.

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. 

Students requesting an extension must apply, using the standard BSIT 'Extension Request', to their unit adviser prior to the due date. Extensions may be granted for medical or personal reasons supported by appropriate documentary evidence. Students will be provided with a reply slip documenting the extension, a copy of which should be submitted with the assignment

Grading of assessment

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

Grade Percentage/description
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%.

Assignment return

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.


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.


Communication methods

Dr Marian Quigley, Room 1116, Building 930, Berwick campus.

Phone 99047159


Discussion groups on MMS5950 MUSO site


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

Consultation Times

Tuesday 10-1pm.

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:

Dr Marian Quigley
Director of Research
Phone +61 3 990 47159
Fax +61 3 990 47037

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: Jul 16, 2006