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History and Trends of Digital Media

Code: PDMD001     Acronym: HTMD

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Communication Sciences

Instance: 2013/2014 - 2S

Active? Yes
E-learning page: https://moodle.fe.up.pt/
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Doctoral Program in Digital Media

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PDMD 12 Syllabus since 2009/2010 1 - 7,5 42 202,5

Teaching - Hours

Lectures: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Lectures Totals 1 3,00
Rui Luis Nogueira Penha 2,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


The main objective of this course is to give an insight into the digital culture, addressing the history of electronic music and Multimedia and focus on the multimedia trends.

The Digital Culture curriculum aims to provide students with a broad overview on the impact of digital technology on society and culture, providing mechanisms to analise and reflect on how to establish a critical thinking.

The module on the History of Electronic Music and Multimedia seeks to give an insight into how technological developments in this area forged a new audio culture. Thus it also seeks to promote a critical thinking on the cultural impact of the technological advabces in the field of multimedia.

Finally the module on the Multimedia trendas aims to promote critical thinking about how some of the emerging topics in Multimedia may evolve in the future.

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of the course students should be able to:

1. Discuss the impact of digital technology on society and culture;

2. Identify and describe the major events in the history of electronic music and Multimedia;

3. Identify the main Multimedia trends and debate their conequences.

Working method



Digital Culture:

Digital Culture, Digital Vanguard, Digital Counter-culture and Digital Resistance,  Technology and Vanguard, Digital Art, Copyright / Copyleft / Copy-fight, Free Culture, Social Media and Pparticipatory Image.

Trends of Multimedia:

Advanced topics in the research area of Multimedia and Digital Media.

Mandatory literature

Charlie Gere; Digital culture. ISBN: 1-86189-143-1
ed. by Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner; Audio culture. ISBN: 0-8264-1615-2

Teaching methods and learning activities

Display, analysis and discussion of relevant theoretical and theoretical-practical material. Development of a synthesis assignment. Organization of lectures with guest speakers.

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 118,00
Frequência das aulas 42,00
Total: 160,00

Calculation formula of final grade

The final assessment is performed with a written examination.

By decision of the teacher, an assignment can be proposed to replace the classification of this module in the final exam.

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