CS4031 Introduction to Digital Media 2012

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Aims & Objectives

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Assess the influence of technology on human cognition and activity.
  2. Compare and contrast a number of case studies focussed on particular technologies and media.
  3. Critically evaluate the relationship between technology and human development.
  4. Understand and critically assess the quality and reliability of various types of digital media resources.
  5. Search for information on specific topics, integrate information and context and produce digital content using various media and correct citations.
  6. Select, research and summarize information on various digital media topics, collaborating with a group of colleagues in producing and publishing content online.


  • The influence of technology on cognition and activity;
  • An overview of conceptual development of computer media.
  • The relationship of Technology to Practice, Form, Content and Remediation.
  • Case studies will consider the influences, consequences and interrelationship of media and thought, including examples from the world of work, education, video games, social media, ubiquitous computing, personal fabrication and so forth.

Lecturer & TA

Lecturer - Dr.Gabriela Avram

TA - Alan Ryan

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

  • Monday - 13-14, S206
  • Thursday - 13-14, S206


  • Exam - in December 2012 - 50%

#ixdm12 on Twitter

  • a Twitter hashtag for communicating within our group
  • you will have to get your own account on http://twitter.com


Places to go, things to see

  • 15 Sept 2012- Elemental Limerick Arts and Culture Festival is the brainchild of an enthusiastic team of individuals involved in the arts, who want to bring accessible arts and culture to the people of Limerick.

They are on Facebook and on Twitter

Limerick OpenSource Meetup

IxDa Limerick Meetup


Wednesday Afternoon Talks series

  • Interaction Design Talks 2-4pm
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