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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Project Development
Module Code CM3790
School School of Communications
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Donal Mulligan
Semester 2: Donal Mulligan
Autumn: Donal Mulligan
Module TeachersDonal Mulligan
Andreas Aurelio Rauh Ortega
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module will provide both the skills and the mentoring needed to develop a major multimedia project. The module develops key competencies in group dynamics, creative development, project management and presentation, and research design. This module incorporates the processes of verifying and guiding MMA major projects, via presentation of proposed projects to a panel of staff.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify current trends in Multimedia
2. Prepare and present a trailer, prototype, or demonstration of intent.
3. Appraise their own experiment in new media production or technique for viability in major project.
4. Deliver a pitch based on the original idea for the major project.
5. Develop original project ideas for the major project.
6. Choose a team for the project by identifying the key roles and skills needed.
7. Develop understanding of appropriate research methods for Multimedia projects.
8. Begin project management processes and planning for MMA Major Project.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture10No Description
Seminars20Meetings with the lecturer and other supervising staff.
Fieldwork40Preparation of required elements for presentation and submission.
Fieldwork30Directed components on Research Ethics, Project Management, and other mandatory requirements for Major Project planning.
Class Presentation10Presentations to students and panel staff
Independent Study140No Description
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationMajor Project Prototype Presentation: In groups, or as individual students who are registered for CM3970 in Semester 2, present a structured project pitch for the intended Major Project to be carried out in Semester to a staff panel review.40%Week 7
Digital ProjectAdvanced Prototype & Project Plan & Structure: Complete a structured document that provides required detail on the finalised implementation plan for your major project, along with an accompanying prototype element.60%Sem 1 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Ess, Charles: 2009, Digital Media Ethics, Polity Press, Cambridge,
  • England, Elaine: 2007, Managing multimedia : project management for interactive media, Addison-Wesley, London; New York,
  • Belbin, R. M: 2001, Management teams : why they succeed or fail, Heinemann, London,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MMABSc in Multimedia

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