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ALC703 - Digital Curation


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: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Luke Heemsbergen




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 - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 2-hour scheduled online workshop


This unit enables students to explore and examine the various definitions and applications of digital curation as a media practice, with a focus on the design and development of creative content strategies. Artistic curation processes and techniques will be explored as a model of practice from which students will learn how to creatively select and assemble media elements to create personal or brand identities, stories, and narratives. Students will analyse and experiment with curatorial modes of information discovery and collection. A hands-on approach to the practice of digital curation will develop students’ editorial prowess and aesthetic sensibility through their curation of a digital content gallery. 


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Monitor, evaluate, and operate relevant content aggregation tools

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy


Demonstrate advanced research skills in locating and filtering local and global digital content streams

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship


Develop advanced, sustainable, and effective online content strategies

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving


Develop coherent and compelling media narratives and identities by applying editorial design and composition

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO7: Teamwork


Demonstrate a legal and ethical approach to maintaining and organising content collections via effective metadata systems

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

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 - Research project

equivalent to 2500 words 50% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Digital content strategy and gallery  equivalent to 2500 words 50% Week 11

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: ALC703 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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