Part of this Programme
Informatics - New Media and Pervasive Systems
Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS
Doctorate | Semestral | 10
Year | Type of course unit | Language
1 |Mandatory |Português
Total of Working Hours | Duration of Contact (hours)
250 | 30
Recommended complementary curricular units
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Part I: Issues in digital media studies.
Part II: Social media and its expression.
Part III: Digital culture and communication.
Part IV: Principles of new media design.
Part V: Experimental digital media.
The curricular unit is focused on a recent study field, new digital media, field which combines a new way to address and to develop media, by considering technology and society interaction, from a day-to-day perspective. By new media it is understood any application capable of transforming information into knowledge through digital techniques, in an interconnected way or from an individual perspective.
Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired
Through this curricular unit the student will gain a new understanding of the role of digital media including aspects related to its storage and distribution, as well as aspects related with publishing. The student shall: i) understand the different facets of digital media and its different contexts (social, cultural, technological) in the development of Internet technologies; ii) understand the different directions regarding digital culture; be capable of positioning and of accepting the role of new media from an Internet service perspective.
Teaching methodologies and assessment
The curricular unit has 15 classes (2 hours each), divided into two modules of 7 to 8 classes each. Each module ends up with a pratical class, which is based on the analysis of scientific papers by teams of students. At the beginning of the second module, a small questionnaire is given about the topics discussed in the first module. The goal is to ensure the desirable level of continuous understanding. At the end, a final written exam lasting sixty minutes and integrating a multiple-choice questionnaire, as well as a question/answer section, is to be given in order to realize a final evaluate of students¿ performance in the curricular unit. The evaluation process is continuou, being the weight of the final grade divided as follows:
10%: student participation and interest.
20%: questionnaire with multiple choices.
20%: analysis of papers at the end of each module.
50%: final exam.
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. Creeber, Glen, and Royston Martin. Digital Culture: Understanding New Media. New York: Open University Press, 2009.
. Flew, Terry. New Media: An Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
. Jones, Steve, ed. Encyclopedia of New Media: An Essential Reference to Communication and Technology. London: SAGE, 2002.
. Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2001
. Nightingale, Virginia, and Tim Dwyer, eds. New Media Worlds: Challenges for Convergence. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007