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FIT3135 Commercial experience in multimedia systems - Semester 1, 2011

Students will work 12 hours per week for a 15 week period (or the summer equivalent) at a commercial multimedia studio. There under the joint supervision of an industry sponsor and their lecturer, students will undertake a portfolio of commercial projects for business, government, university, or non-government organisations. All projects will be driven by client requirements and timetables. Work will be supervised and subject to formal peer review by unit participants and formal review by peers and an academic lecturer.

Mode of Delivery

Berwick (Day)

Contact Hours

12 hours work per week at sponsoring business location for the duration of a standard Semester (15 week period). An equivalent total hourly period will be required for the summer semester.


Students will work 12 hours per week for a 15 week period (or the summer equivalent).

Unit Relationships


BUS2000, BUS3000, MMS2901, MMS3901, FIT3500


To be eligible for an industry placement, a student must have completed all first year and second year core units of a Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (Multimedia Development or Game Development majors) degree. Application by other students within the Faculty with equivalent standing will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students must submit an application, including a folio of their work and undertake an interview with the sponsoring business and Monash University staff as part of a formal selection process.

Chief Examiner

Derrick Martin

Campus Lecturer


Derrick Martin

Contact hours: Thursday 2-4, Friday 11-1

Ruben Hopmans

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will have -

A knowledge and understanding of:

  • managing pressures of commercial service delivery including managing client expectations and balancing workload;
  • the roles and responsibilities of clients, strategists, designers and developers in a commercial multimedia project;
  • applying commercially-accepted standard design, development, test and component re-use methodologies;
  • applying quality management, resource and business management practices in a professional environment;
  • the roles of commercially-standard methodologies, tools and techniques;
  • the roles of external service providers (e.g. ISPs, CD ROM duplication services, print services, image libraries);
  • the processes and components of quality and business management systems.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • adopt a professional service approach to the production of multimedia systems;
  • adopt a business-value oriented and customer-driven approach to creative design;
  • appreciate social and ethical behaviour.
Developed the skills to:
  • plan and manage the full range of activities in a multimedia systems project;
  • problem-solve and work to commercial standards;
  • manage sub-contracted services (e.g. CD ROM duplication services, printing services);
  • develop and deliver to strict, client-driven timelines, a multimedia system that meets the specified requirements and quality standards.
Demonstrated the communication and teamwork skills necessary to:
  • work within a team and discuss issues objectively;
  • develop leadership and management skills.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Students will be assessed by a Monash University supervisor in conjunction with the sponsoring organisation.
    mid-placement evaluation based on production criteria: 20%
    end-placement evaluation based on production criteria: 50%
    work placement portfolio, including work diary: 20%
    student oral presentation at end of placement: 10%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Mid Placement Evaluation 20% At the midpoint of the placement.
    End Placement Evaluation 50% At the end of the placement.
    Work Placement Portfolio 20% (10% per submission) The folio and diary will be submitted at the midpoint and at the end of the placement.
    Oral Presentation 10% At the end of the placement.

    Teaching Approach

    Work-integrated learning or industry-based learning
    This teaching approach is experiential learning with active learner involvement in a practical environment. Reflection is used to conceptualise the experience.


    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Interviews

    Your feedback to Us

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    Additional subject costs

    Placements may require students to travel to the place of business of the industry supervisor.

    This travel may incur costs, dependent on the mode and distance of travel.

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11 All activities will be determined by the placement organisation. No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11   All assessment will be based on the number of hours worked in the placement organisation, and the listed assessment tasks
    2 07/03/11    
    3 14/03/11    
    4 21/03/11    
    5 28/03/11    
    6 04/04/11    
    7 11/04/11    
    8 18/04/11    
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11    
    10 09/05/11    
    11 16/05/11    
    12 23/05/11    
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

    *Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

    Assessment Policy

    To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

    • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
    • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
    • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

    If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

    Assessment Tasks


    • Assessment task 1
      Mid Placement Evaluation
      The university supervisor will conduct an interview with the placement organisation supervisor.
      Criteria for assessment:

      The interview will examine student work practices, output, professionalism and ability to communicate and work within the placement organisation.

      Due date:
      At the midpoint of the placement.
    • Assessment task 2
      End Placement Evaluation
      The placement organisation supervisor will complete a pro forma document evaluating the student's work.
      Criteria for assessment:

      The evaluation examines student work output, practices, professionalism and ability to communicate and work within the placement organisation.

      Due date:
      At the end of the placement.
    • Assessment task 3
      Work Placement Portfolio
      Students are expected to keep a folio of work that they have completed and a diary of their reflections of the work and processes that they have undertaken.
      20% (10% per submission)
      Criteria for assessment:

      The folio and diary will be assessed based on completeness, ability to communicate process and outcomes, and reflection of work done and industry practices.

      Due date:
      The folio and diary will be submitted at the midpoint and at the end of the placement.
    • Assessment task 4
      Oral Presentation
      Students will present their diary and folio to a panel of university lecturers.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Students will be assessed on their learning and reflections of their placement, descriptions of work done and understanding of the industry that they have been placed in.

      Due date:
      At the end of the placement.


    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website:
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Extensions and penalties

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