Tangible Media - DIGM5420

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Robert Horne checkmark-circle


This undergraduate module introduces the practical techniques for creating interactive visual display using Processing, a Java-based IDE. We will also develop interesting tangible interfaces using Arduino IDE, with a range of sensors and actuators. Students will learn to manipulate images, create realistic motions, use motion sensing and speech recognition, in a series of lectures and workshops.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 29
Private study hours: 121
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
100% Coursework

Indicative reading

• Shiffman, D (2012). Nature of code. ISBN: 0985930802. Full e-book available : http://natureofcode.com/
• Banzi, M( 2011) Getting started with Arduino. Maker Media. ISBN: 1449309879
• Reas, C & Fry, B (2010) Getting started with Processing. Maker Media. ISBN: 144937980X

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Develop an original idea on a given theme, research it and visualise it in interactive form
2. Evaluate critically a wide range of interactive methods, visual styles, and choose the best suited to the intention of a particular topic
3. Implement and develop interactive systems through visual display and tangible interface
4. Use appropriate software tools to create professional interactive tangible media
5. Develop an understanding and appreciation of future media technologies

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Be proficient in the use of ICT
2. Develop personal and interpersonal skills, working as a member of a team
3. Communicate effectively through media
4. Work in a creative way
5. Organise and manage time and resources


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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