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AIM727 - Exhibitions


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Andrea Witcomb




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

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

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1-hour per week, including a minimum of 1 scheduled online seminar each trimester


Topic 1: Histories of Display: The role and function of Exhibitions

Topic 2. Exhibitions as a form of communication

Topic 3. Mission, Vision and policies

Topic 4. Developing an exhibition brief

Topic 5. Exhibition project management

Topic 6. Audience Involvement and collaboration

Topic 7. Working with exhibition designers

Topic 8. Something to see, read and do: Interpretation and Public Programs

Topic 9. The run up to opening day: Fabrication, installation, travelling exhibitions and marketing

Topic 10. Looking back: Audience Studies


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Understand the needs and interests of visitors to museum exhibitions

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship
ULO2 Describe the range and use of different types of exhibits

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication
ULO3 Discuss the variety of exhibit elements and display techniques such as labelling, lighting, design and multimedia

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy
ULO4 Develop communication objectives, ideas and themes for museum exhibitions

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving
ULO5 Develop an exhibition proposal

GLO2: Communication

GLO7: Teamwork
ULO6 Appreciate how to frame a budget and develop a timeline for an exhibition project

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving
ULO7 Appreciate how to apply communication models and learning theories to label writing

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication
ULO8 Reflect on the impact language use on exhibition audiences

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Essay 1000 words 20% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Report 2500 words 50% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Essay 1500 words 30% Information not yet available

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 the link below: AIM727 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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