SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3G424652
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module provide the students with the fundamental skills, tools, techniques and underpinning theories to enable them to implement and justify their choices in the manipulation of images, videos and audios by using interactive Flash programming, Adobe Premiere and Photoshop.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Adobe Photoshop CS Introduction to the Layers Palette, Saving Files in TIFF format, Saving Files as JPEGs Introduction to Selection Tools Introduction to Layer Masks, Blend Modes, History Palette, Adjustment Layers, Shadow/Highlight, Dodge Tool, Redeye Removal Tool, Layer Styles, Cloning and Color Matching, Smart Filters, The Image Size Dialogue Box, Fixing Crookedly Scanned Photos, The Channels Palette, Spot Channels, Alpha Channels, The Channel Mixer. Macromedia Flash player Getting started, the Flash Interface, the 3 graphic states of Flash Stage Objects, Grouped Objects, Symbol Objects, The Timeline, Tweening, Editing Animation, Frame-by-Frame, Movie Clip Timelines Masking, The Site Creation Process, Site architecture using Flash, Intro to Action Scripting, Constructing a Multi-Scene site, Creating a Pre-Loader, Publishing and Output, The Site Creation Process, Site architecture using Flash, Intro to Action Scripting, Constructing a Multi-Scene site, Creating a Pre-Loader, Publishing and Output, Calling Movie Clip Instances, Multi-SWF site creation, The getURL action. Adobe Premiere Overview of computer video editing, Premiere Project Settings and Preferences, Understanding main Premiere editing windows (Project, Monitor, Timeline), Introduction to editing tools, Setting in and out points, Adding audio tracks, Using ripple edit to synchronize audio Introduction to transitions, Applying slow and fast motion effects, Razor edit cuts, Fade to black, Transparency layers in Premiere, Adding a super-imposed graphic logo with transparency, Animation paths, Camera blur filter, Exporting to Web, CD-ROM, Print to video and exporting to camcorders.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Identify the basic tools and components for a multimedia project. (AM3, AM9).2. Apply the knowledge of digital media skills for screen based production. (AM3, AM9).3. Select appropriate software tools and techniques for creating and/or manipulating audio material and videos. (AM3, AM9).4. Create elements of products that are effective and efficient for the intended medium, application and audience. (AM9).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching strategy of this module is a combination of practical workshops and student presentations. Each session will consist of a conventional lecture format introducing the topics followed by a practical session where the students will put this information into practice using Adobe Flash CS5. The final session of the module involves student presentations of their assignment work.

Indicative Reading

-360 1. Makar,J. Danny Patterson ,(2006), Macromedia Flash 8 ActionScript: Training from the Source,Adobe Press. 2. Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0: Classroom in a book, 2006, Adobe Press. 3. Adobe Photoshop CS5. 2010, Classroom in a Book with CD-ROM, Adobe Press.

Transferrable Skills

Students will be introduced to the static and dynamic relationship between design, animation, audio, video, context, content and the engagement and participation of the user being able to put these ideas into practice by the realization of their own projects. Students will be encouraged to explore different approaches to interactivity, the nature of interaction, the performative character of a digital creation, the interplay design and navigation while undertaking their practical project.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 64.00
Practicals (FT) 28.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 25.00 35% Presentation
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% Enf Term Test - Online exam - 1 Hour
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Video Production with report ( word count - 2000