BN107 - Multimedia Systems

Credit Points: 15

Prerequisite: N/A

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 48 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a first year core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Networking (BNet). This unit addresses the BNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ knowledge and skills in multimedia systems. For further course information refer to: This unit is part of the AQF Level 7 (BNet) course.

This unit provides a solid foundation for understanding the key issues associated with designing successful, multimedia applications. The purpose of the course is to facilitate proficient Multimedia Application development through thorough explanations and numerous practical activities. Students will be introduced to overall Multimedia Application development, for example, animations, audio and video editing and embed these application in simple webpages. In addition, this unit will investigate the design of simple webpages with user interaction in mind. This unit also covers ethical and legal issues (e.g., accessibility, intellectual property, and copyright) related to multimedia and the Internet.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. Multimedia: its definitions, characteristics and properties.
  2. Basic elements of multimedia (text, image, sound, animation and video).
  3. Fundamentals of multimedia projects (project team, phases of multimedia development).
  4. Web authoring tools to create web pages.
  5. Legal and cultural issues, censorship and copyright.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the major aspects of multimedia technology.
  2. Discuss the range and appropriate use of multimedia.
  3. Identify and describe issues relating to privacy, security, copyright and censorship.
  4. Plan, design, produce and test a simple multimedia project.
  5. Utilise various software tools to produce a small multimedia application.
  6. Develop simple, well-designed web pages that include multimedia.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Tutorial/Workshop: 2 hours
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Midterm Test a-d*10%
Assignment 1a-b*20%
Assignment 2b-f*25%
Laboratory participation & submissiona-f*10%
Final Examination (2 hours)a-f*35%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


  • Costello, V., Multimedia Foundations: Core Concepts for Digital Design, 2nd Ed., Focal Press, UK, 2016

Reference Reading

  • T. Vaughan, Multimedia: Making It Work, 9th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2014

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem SolvingCultural and Global AwarenessTeamwork Cooperation, Participation and LeadershipSpecialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding    

Extent covered

                               The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
 The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
 The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
 The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
 The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard