ACF214 - Screen Practices

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:

ACM116, ACM134, ACF106

Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Martin Potter
Trimester 3: Sian Mitchell


Incompatible with: ACM116
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials


This unit examines the ways in which screen stories are told, to enable you to effectively describe and communicate audio-visual techniques, form and styles. This is an important part of being able to contribute to and lead the making of films and television (live action and animation) or being able to engage in detailed discussion and analysis of screen-based works. Film and television practitioners and theorists need to be aware of a history of cinematic storytelling and to be able to talk and write coherently and in depth about stories on screen.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Deconstruct films and television programs to identify and explain the use of film and television production techniques, form and style GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO2 Effectively communicate the use of technique, form and style in film and television programs in oral, written and digital forms GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO3 Undertake and complete a systematic analysis and evaluation of film and television production using the key concepts and principles of the field GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Character Arc Presentation 800 words 
or equivalent
20% Week 4
Assessment 2: Close Analysis 1 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 7
Assessment 3: Close Analysis 2 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACF214
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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