CS4031 Introduction to Digital Media 2019

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  • 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

Practical skills

  • Write and produce an "explainer video".
  • Create an academic article.
  • Create and publish an online blog/portfolio.


and sometimes

with occasional guest lectures from

  • Alan Ryan
  • alan dot t dot ryan at ul dot ie

Reading list


  • Bill Buxton: Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design.
  • Don Norman: The Design of Everyday Things, Basic Books 1988,2013.
  • Anthony Dunne, Fiona Raby: Speculative Everything. The MIT Press 2013.
  • Paul Mayer: Computer Media and Communication: A Reader. Oxford Univ. Press 1999.
  • Marshall McLuhan: Understanding Media. Routledge, 1964.
  • Walter J Ong: Orality and Literacy: Technologizing the Word. Routledge 1999.
  • Howard Rheingold: Tools for Thought. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000.
  • Michael Rush: New Media in Art. Thames and Hudson world of art 2005.


Venues & Timetable


  • Mondays - 14:00-15:00 in CSG001
  • Thursdays - 16:00-17:00 in S205

Labs: CS2-044 (PC Lab)

  • Mondays - 9:00-10:00
  • Mondays - 15:00-16:00

Office Hours (for Kim in CS2-034)

  • Mondays 11.00-12.00
  • Thursdays 15.00-16.00


  • 09.09.2019 – Introduction to CS4031. The role of this module in the context of the course. Content, learning outcomes, assignments and deadlines. Topics discussed in labs.

History of Computing

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Authoring Media

Digital Media in art and society

Application Domains

CS4031 Labs

Attendance will be taken in ALL labs. Failure to attend will result in a penalty of 3% for each lab missed.

  • Week 8 - NO LABS


  • 3 Assignments: 30% + 15% + 15%
  • Groups are of 3-4 members. As you have your group member's ID, you have their email.

To find your own name in the PDF, press Ctrl+F, then type your name.

  • If a group member is unresponsive to email, please carry on without them. Email me (kim.oshea at ul.ie) to inform me of the group member's non-participation.
  • If only 1 or 2 group members actively engage with the project, please send an email to (kim.oshea at ul.ie) so I can combine you with other partial groups to restore your group to its appropriate strength.

Group Video Project

This year's theme is: "Things you didn't know about Limerick" Create a 1:30-2:00 minute video on a topic from the list below:


  • 1. The Band Stand in People's Park - some details here - GROUP 3, GROUP 15 - This topic is now FULL
  • 2. Historic Cast Iron Gas Meter in LSAD, Clare Street - some details here

Street Art

  • 3. The Biodiversity Garden - some details here - GROUP 6, GROUP 12 - This topic is now FULL
  • 4. Sleeping Patterns - some details here - GROUP 7, GROUP 5 - This topic is now FULL
  • 5. The Fisherman - some details here - GROUP 9


  • 6. Terry Wogan Statue - details here and here. Also see article on Terry Wogan in Wikipedia. - GROUP 13
  • 7. Anti-war memorial on George's Quay, Limerick - some details here - GROUP 17
  • 8. Limerick Dockers Memorial, Harvey's Quay - some details here - GROUP 1
  • 9. The Bard of Thomond here - GROUP 11
  • 10. Richard Harris Statue on Bedford Row; info here, here and here - GROUP 2
  • 11 Sarsfield Memorial - details here
  • 12 The Singer of Quimper - details here - GROUP 16


  • 13. The Red Tech - some details here
  • 14. The Bank, O'Connell Street - some details here
  • 15. Thomond Bridge - some details here - GROUP 4, GROUP 8 This topic is now FULL
  • 16. Athenaeum/Royal Cinema here
  • 17. Sylvester O'Halloran footbridge here - GROUP 14
  • 18. The Lock Quay Bridge - details here - GROUP 10
  • 19. Tait's Clock - details here
  • 20. Fanning's Castle - details here

Or, you can choose a different topic by reading through this article

You will have until the end of week 2 to choose a topic. There will be a maximum of 2 groups allowed to create a video on any one topic. You will need to send me an email with your top three choices of topic in order of preference as soon as possible. If by 5pm Friday (20th September) your group has not emailed me your chosen topic(s), you will be randomly assigned one.

Your assignment is to produce a video detailing your topic. You will be provided with information and demonstrations on how to produce a short video in the labs.

The grading criteria is outlined below:

  • Date due: End of Week 10 (Friday 15th November)
  • 30% of your final grade - you must score 12/30 in your video to pass this assignment AND this module!
  • All content must be original - the links above are to serve as inspiration, NOT to substitute your own work. If content is found to be plagiarised your group will fail this assignment and therefore this module.
  • 1:30-2:00 mins – penalties of -1% per second either side of this time constraint.
  • You must include at least one graphical element in the video. Failure to do so will incur a penalty of -5%.
  • Send kim.oshea at ul.ie the video file as an attachment via UL email stating the number of your group and a brief description (1-2 lines) of the topic represented in your video - one submission per group is sufficient. Your file size has to be less than 25Mb.
  • If I do not receive an email containing all relevant information enabling me to post your video on the module page (group members names & IDs, topic represented AND 25Mb file size limit), your group gets 0% and its members will fail the entire module!
  • The official List of Video Projects will contain the links to all of your videos.
  • If one or more members of your group did not contribute, please email me as soon as you are having issues - do not wait until submission deadline to inform me of any issues.

Individual Academic Article

  • Write a short academic article (500 words not counting the references) on a concept presented during lectures. Use references and examples. For every 50 words more or less than 500 words, there will be a penalty of 1%.
  • Date due: End of Week 11 (5pm on Friday 22nd November)
  • 15% of your final grade - you must score 6/15 to pass this assignment AND this module!
  • For full marking scheme and penalties please see Week 9 & Week 10 Lab PDFs

Individual Blogging Project

  • Create your own blog/portfolio and post at least 3 blog posts. On your blog you will need an 'About' Page which includes a picture of you, and the three Posts specified below. You will only be graded on the three posts outlined below, but this blog/site should be seen as your portfolio that you continually update over the course of your studies. Post the link to your blog on Sulis by Monday of week 8. (28th October). PLEASE NOTE: when you submit your link it should not say anything like "/mysite" etc, as this is not the link to the blog. This is where you, the author, are signed in to edit.
  • The List of Class Portfolios will contain links to all of your blogs.
  • If I do not get your blog URL by Friday November 1st at 5pm (the deadline for the first blog assignment) enabling me to post it on the Portfolios page, you get 0% and will fail the entire module! The official list of Portfolios will contain the links to all of your blogs.

Post 1.

  • Write a blog post in relation to the actions you personally are taking (or planning to take) for dealing with climate change. There is a word count of 300-500 words. It can be on transport, waste management, recycling etc. Embed at least 1 video and 1 photo in the post, crediting any external sources you used.
  • Date due: End of Week 8 - Friday November 1st at 5pm
  • 5% of your final grade - you must score 2/5 to pass this assignment AND this module!

Post 2.

  • Publish the abstract (50 words) of your academic article as blog post, and include a link to the full article as PDF.
  • Date due: End of Week 11 - Friday November 22nd at 5pm
  • 5% of your final grade - you must score 2/5 to pass this assignment AND this module!

Post 3.

  • Write a blog post on “the making of” your group video. What exactly was your contribution? How difficult was the assignment? No word limit. Make sure you embed the actual video in the post.
  • Date due: End of Week 12 - Friday November 29th at 5pm
  • 5% of your final grade - you must score 2/5 to pass this assignment AND this module!
  • If I do not get your blog URL by Friday November 1st at 5pm (the deadline for the first blog assignment) enabling me to post it on the Portfolios page, you get 0% and will fail the entire module! The official list of Portfolios will contain the links to all of your blogs.

Exam - Date to be confirmed

  • You will have full Internet access during your essay style exam.
  • Date of Exam:
  • 40% of your final grade - you must score 16/40 in your exam to pass the module
  • You will submit your exam (a single Word document) through your UL Sulis account - please ensure you have access to the CS4031 Sulis site BEFORE your exam.


  • All 4 deliverables MUST achieve at least a passing grade (40%).
  • You MUST score at least 12/30 for your Video, 6/15 for your academic article, 6/15 for your Blog (which is 2/5 for each post) and 16/40 in the Exam to pass this module with a minimum grade of C3 (40%).
  • Missing your lab (without a valid reason + appropriate proof) will result in a 3% deduction from your grade EVERY TIME.

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  • You can use this hashtag for communicating on Twitter if you wish
  • Create your own account on http://twitter.com

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