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Cross Media Communication and Design

Communication Studies / Kommunikation (1-fags kandidat)
master course
Teaching language

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Detailed description of content

This course will introduce students to contemporary media theory with a focus on the interconnectedness of media and forms of communication in today’s complex mediascape. It will provide students with a vocabulary and a set of concepts with which to describe, analyse and critically reflect upon the complex media-related phenomena and practices they will often find themselves faced with as communication professionals in an increasingly mediatized world. The theoretical perspective framing the course will be “cross-media communication”, an emerging field in Media Studies.

In addition to introducing these media theoretical aspects, the course will include a practical dimension, where theory will be grounded in concrete practice. Throughout the course, students will work on developing and refining an idea (an outline or sketch) for a cross media service following the principles of user-centered design (UCD). A design professional will teach four out of twelve lectures, introducing students to conceptual product development and helping facilitate the design and development process.

The content of the design lectures will to a large extent be hands-on development work in permanent groups, where each lecture builds directly on the work produced in previous lectures. This means that students will need to attend class in order to get the full benefit of the course.

Expected work effort (ects-declaration)

The expected workload in relation to the course is 270 hours (1 ECTS point = 27 work hours):

11 x 4 hours of confrontation divided between lectures and assignments

12 hours of preparation per confrontation, which includes reading the course curriculum and solving home assignments

80 hours for the exam including preparation

14 hours of different activities such as evaluation, introduction to the semester etc.

Evaluation- and feedback forms

The student(s) will receive teacher and peer feedback in class discussions, exercises and group work. In addition, the student(s) receives feedback from the teacher in connection with the exam. This feedback will focus on weaknesses and strengths of the student work.

Every 3rd year, a formal evaluation takes place. The evaluation takes the form of a digital questionnaire that is sent to the head of studies as well as the study board.

The teacher may carry out their own informal evaluation (during or after the course). Informal evaluations stay with the teacher unless they find it relevant to share it with the head of studies.

Administration of exams
IKH Studyadministration (ikh-studyadministration@ruc.dk)
The responsible course lecturer
Troels Fibæk Bertel (tfbertel@ruc.dk)
Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

Knowledge and understanding of a specific subject area in the field of communication, information and media, including having knowledge and understanding of the common practices in relation to th subject area

Knowledge and understanding of current theories relevant to the subject area, including knowledge of essential communications concepts and terms

  • Knowledge and understanding of current methods used to study the subject area

  • Skills in being able to apply relevant theory to a specific communications-related research questio

  • Skills in being able to use appropriate methods to study communications-related research questions

  • Skills in being able to translate analyses and knowledge and understanding to a practical communications-related context

  • Competences in independently being able to take responsibility for one’s own professional development and specialisation within the subject area

Overall content

The course includes presentations and critical discussions as well as the testing the of knowledge about and understanding of a defined subject area within the field of communications, including presentations and discussions of concepts, theories and investigative methods

Prerequisites for participation
Currently no data from curriculum.
Prerequisites for participation in the exam
Currently no data from curriculum.
Teaching and working methods

The course consists of a mix of lectures and discussions, and it can include group work, homework and peer feedback. It is structured around a number of themes that will be presented at the start of the course

Type of activity

Elective course

Form of examination
Individual portfolio consisting of written products and other types of products.

The portfolio consists of maximum 10 (the exact number is determined by the lecturer based on an academic assessment of the student's subject) products, that wholly or partially are developed during the course. The products are e.g. answers to exercises, an outline for a presentation, written feedback, written reflections and written assignments, wiki-inputs, sound productions and visual productions.. The preparation of the products may be subject to time limits.

The total character limit of portfolio incl. the written products is 4,800-36,000 characters, including spaces.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

The portfolio's specific products and the (if relevant) recommended size (character limits) for the individual products are made public on study.ruc.dk before the course begins.

The entire portfolio must be handed in at the same time (uploaded to eksamen.ruc.dk). Handing in the portfolio or parts of the portfolio to the supervisor for feedback, cannot replace the upload to eksamen.ruc.dk. Furthermore, the assignment must document that the student possesses a confident mastery of written English, including grammar and linguistic correctness.
The submission deadline will be announced on study.ruc.dk before the course begins.

The assessment is individual and based on the entire portfolio.

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen
Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U41314
Last changed 26/01/2021

lecture list:

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Tuesday 14-09-2021 08:15 - 14-09-2021 12:00 in week 37
Cross Media Communication and Design (KOMM)

Tuesday 21-09-2021 08:15 - 21-09-2021 12:00 in week 38
Cross Media Communication and Design (KOMM)

Wednesday 29-09-2021 14:15 - 29-09-2021 18:00 in week 39
Cross Media Communication and Design (KOMM)

Wednesday 06-10-2021 14:15 - 06-10-2021 18:00 in week 40
Cross Media Communication and Design (KOMM)

Tuesday 12-10-2021 08:15 - 12-10-2021 12:00 in week 41
Cross Media Communication and Design (KOMM)

Thursday 28-10-2021 08:15 - 28-10-2021 12:00 in week 43
Cross Media Communication and Design (KOMM)

Tuesday 02-11-2021 08:15 - 02-11-2021 12:00 in week 44
Cross Media Communication and Design (KOMM)

Thursday 04-11-2021 08:15 - 04-11-2021 12:00 in week 44
Cross Media Communication and Design (KOMM)

Tuesday 09-11-2021 08:15 - 09-11-2021 12:00 in week 45
Cross Media Communication and Design (KOMM)

Thursday 11-11-2021 08:15 - 11-11-2021 12:00 in week 45
Cross Media Communication and Design (KOMM)

Tuesday 16-11-2021 08:15 - 16-11-2021 12:00 in week 46
Cross Media Communication and Design (KOMM)

Thursday 18-11-2021 08:15 - 18-11-2021 12:00 in week 46
Cross Media Communication and Design (KOMM)

Friday 26-11-2021 10:00 - 26-11-2021 10:00 in week 47
Cross Media Communication and Design - Exam (KOMM)

Friday 14-01-2022 10:00 - 14-01-2022 10:00 in week 02
Cross Media Communication and Design - Reexam (KOMM)