CS4031 Introduction to Digital Media 2011

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Aims & Objectives

On successful completion of this module students will:

  • Have considered the influence of technology on human cognition and activity.
  • Considered a number of case studies focussed on particular technologies and media.


  • The influence of technology on cognition and activity.
    • The relationship of Technology to Practice, Form, Content and Remediation.
  • Case studies will consider the influences, consequences and interrelationship of media and thought, including:
    • The written word, printing press, computer & digitisation, World Wide Web.
    • Music instrument form, mnemonics, notation, recording, digitisation.
    • The reproduced image, printing press, camera, film, television, digitisation.
    • Narrative - orality, ritual & theatre/opera, illusion, interactive systems, sensors, virtual spaces, remediation


Lecturer & TA

Lecturer - Dr.Gabriela Avram

TA - Nora O'Murchu

Reading list


  • Paul, A. Mayer, Computer Media and Communication, Oxford Univ. Press, 1999.
  • Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, Routledge, 1964.
  • Walter, J Ong, Orality and Literacy: Technologizing the Word, Routledge, 1999.
  • H. Rheingold. Tools for Thought. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000.
  • Michael Rush, New Media in Art, Thames and Hudson world of art, 2005.
  • Johnny Ryan, A history of the Internet and the digital future



Venue & timetable

  • Tuesday - 11-12, CSG001
  • Thursday - 10-11, CSG001


Digital Media Terms Glossary

#ixdm11 on Twitter

  • a Twitter hashtag for communicating within our group
  • you can get your own account on http://twitter.com, or just listen here.

Places to go, things to see


Limerick OpenSource Meetup

IxDa Limerick Meetup

Wednesday Afternoon Talks series

  • Interaction Design Talks 2-4pm

What's on

The Nomadic Work/Life in the Knowledge Economy team announces the

Interaction Design Talks

  • Date: Wednesday, 26 October 2011, 2:30pm
  • Venue: CSG001

As part of the Interaction Design Talks Series, the Interaction Design Centre announces a talk by Triona Butler.

Title: I Want To Be An Interaction Designer When I Grow Up - a perspective on transitioning from student to industry professional

Bio: Having completed a BA in Communication studies at Dublin City University in 2007, Tríona began working as a web designer for Tricycle Interactive, a creative design company based in Limerick, Ireland. In 2009 Tríona pursued an MSc in Interactive Media at the University of Limerick. Since graduating Tríona has worked as Digital Designer for Burberryin London. She currently holds a position as an Interaction Designer at Google in Zurich.

All are welcome.

Connected Limerick

The Limerick chapter of IxDA (the Interaction Design Association) is organising a second event dedicated to the theme of “Connected Limerick”, after the successful workshop that took place last year on September 24, as part of the tweak.ie festival.

We invite everyone with an interest in the interplay between the physical and the digital Limerick-individuals, organisations and communities- to participate.

A series of short presentations will be followed by an open discussion.The speakers will be announced shortly.

This year’s event will take place at the Hunt Museum, in the Captain’s room, on Tuesday, 1st of November, from 4 to 6pm, as part of the Design Week.

4th International Seminar Series: Work Practices, Nomadicity and ICT Mediation

Seminar 01

  • Wed 14th September (2.30-4pm) Room: tbc
  • Prof. Gloria Mark (University of California, Irvine, USA)
  • Managing Work in a Global Context: Social Networks for Supporting Nomadic Work

Seminar 02

  • Fri 30th September (2.00-4.30pm) Room: tbc
  • Dr. Oskar Juhlin (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • The Role of Happiness and Enjoyment in our Life
  • Dr. Mark Perry (Brunel University, UK)
  • Work Around - Practices around Technology, Space and the Ever-changing Nature of Organisational Life

Seminar 03

  • Mon 10th October (2.30-4.00pm) Room: tbc
  • Prof. Barbara Czarniawska (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • Nomadic Work as Life Story Plot

Guest Lecture - 'Inside the Gaming Brain' by Professor William O'Connor

Date - Monday 17th October 2011 Venue - CSG-001, Computer Science Building Time - 13h00-14h00

Professor William O'Connor of the UL Medical School will present a lecture entitled: 'Inside the Gaming Brain.'

In this lecture Professor O'Connor will translate cutting-edge neuroscience to answer such questions as how a gamers brain is 'formed' and illuminates the brain processes involved in generating creative games and using them to get the best from the brain.

Professor O'Connor's website 'Inside the brain' http://Inside-the-brain.com/ reports on the latest from the world of brain research including recent neuroscience findings to get the best from your brain.

Professor William T. O'Connor Foundation Chair, Head of Teaching and Research In Physiology Room Number E1-030 Tel-Guthán: 00-353-61-233750 Web: www.ul.ie/medicalschool <http://www.ul.ie/medicalschool> http://inside-the-brain.com/ <http://williamoconnor.wordpress.com/>

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