MPI114 Online Interactivity (8)

This subject introduces students to the fundamental principles of digital and online interactivity. The use of interactivity is addressed through principles of gamification, actor-network theory, user-interface design (UI), user-experience design (UX) and human centred design (HCD). Students gain a working knowledge of screen based interactivity including fundamental concepts of web-standards, media formats for online presentation, web applications and the development of basic database driven websites and/or standalone information-kiosks using pre-built content management systems. Students explore a range of creative briefs and conceptual problems with accompanying case studies to explore the changing relationship between online and digital media forms to the telling of stories.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the fundamental principles of interactivity for online and digital environments and to identify trends in online media;
  • be able to identify and apply basic web standards in the production of independent online media content;
  • be able to apply gamification, UI, UX and HCD principles to the development of new online media;
  • be able to construct and implement database driven websites within defined parameters to answer conceptual problems and/or client briefs; and
  • be able to describe the relationship of online media production to contemporary storytelling.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Basics of coding (including web standards)
  • What is online? What is digital? What is interactivity online?
  • Gamification
  • What is a user-interface?
  • What is user experience?
  • Human Centred Design (HCD) - methods and applications.
  • Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • Storytelling in the online space

Special Resources

Students are required to have access to the industry standard graphic design software package - the Adobe Creative Suite.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.