Professional Project: Planning and Prototyping | Abertay University

Professional Project: Planning and Prototyping


For this module, students will be required to work together on an interactive media project as part of a multidisciplinary team. Individual students will be expected to contribute to their team by taking on a professional role suited to their area of study. As part of the module, all students will be expected to; communicate with clients and relevant stakeholders, participate in pitching and presentations, contribute to the iterative design and development of a project concept, research and test technical pipelines, and create project documentation and planning materials


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the ability to develop a pitch, plan, and initial prototype for an interactive media project as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Contribute to the development and testing of design concepts, production pipelines, and initial prototypes

2.  Demonstrate teamwork and communication skills through collaboration on a project pitch

3.  Create professional design and planning documentation that evidences technical, critical, and contextual awareness of interactive media production

Indicative Content

1 Market Research

Research similar products and competitors

2 Concept Development

Iteratively develop design concepts in response to a given brief

3 Technical Research and Design

Research software and hardware technologies, and produce a technical plan for the development of the project

4 Visual Research and Design

Conduct visual research and iteratively develop an appropriate visual style

5 Audio Research and Design

Conduct audio research and iteratively develop an appropriate audio style

6 Content Pipeline Testing

Research art and audio pipelines, and demonstrate the ability to fully implement assets within the chosen technology

7 Pitching and Presentation

Develop and deliver a project pitch in response to a supplied creative brief, and deliver presentations to clients, tutors, and other stakeholders.

8 Concept Revision

Respond to client and tutor feedback, revising aspects of the project design

9 Branding

Develop a brand for the team and the project

10 Prototyping and Project Planning

Develop initial prototypes that demonstrate the project concept, style, and mechanics, and plan for the full development of the project prototype

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students will be supported by lectures and specialist seminars, but the majority of module time will be spent working in teams. All students will be expected to attend weekly 1-hour lectures for the first six weeks of the term. Students will also be directed to attend specific seminars throughout the term, dependent on their role within the team and their discipline. Guidance on which seminars students should attend will be communicated via Blackboard and lectures. From Week 3, students will be timetabled for weekly 6-hour unsupervised practicals. This time should be dedicated to team work and the development of the project concept and plan. As part of the module, all students will be expected to attend scheduled team presentations that will take place in Week 7 (Structured Feedback Week) and Week 14. These will appear on timetables as blocks of presentations. Teams should refer to Blackboard to check the specific presentation times for their teams. Students will be assessed based on evidence of their contribution to the team. Students will be expected to show and discuss their individual workloads as part of scheduled classes and presentations, at which point they should expect questions and formative feedback from module tutors.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 6
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 60
Assessment 80
Independent 42

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.