6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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This unit introduces students to physical computing as a creative endeavour. Simple computers called microprocessors can sense all elements of the physical world including light, sound, heat, vision and motion. The data collected from these microprocessors can be reinterpreted and creatively expressed in software as images, animation, simulation, visualisation, video, sculpture and sound. Artists, designers and architects use this data to create new forms of expression and communication.
Through a process of practical workshops students will create innovative ways to interact with and control microprocessors and the data they collect. This unit will enable students to apply the concepts and principles of designing and controlling electronic components, from concept to implementation, to express unique and engaging forms of visual, sculptural and auditory communication.
In-depth studies of contemporary leaders in art, design and architecture who use creative digital technologies will contextualise the significance of physical computing in these fields.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Understand the basic function and design of electronic components.
- Create new forms visual and auditory expression using physical computing.
- Recognise basic micro-processor functions and the relationship microprocessors have with other electronic protocols.
- Apply the concepts and principles of designing and controlling electronic components, from concept to implementation, to express unique and engaging forms of visual, sculptural and auditory communication.
- Produce design specification documentation applicable to electronic circuit design and construction.
- Discuss the unique characteristics physical computing has in art, design and architecture and the context of physical computing in contemporary culture.
- Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.
100% mixed mode
4 contact hours plus 8 hours of private study per week
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