Introduction to Screen Analysis - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Quiz (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit introduces you to the basics of screen analysis. By the end of this unit you will be able to recognise the range of choices filmmakers make in relation to film form, in particular narrative and narration, and film style: mise en scene, cinematography, editing and sound. You will be able to describe the stylistic features of texts and the meanings and effects achieved through technical choices. You will also have an understanding of issues raised by critics regarding textual organisation and characterisation.

At the completion of this unit students will: 

  1. be able to recognise a range of choices relating to mise en scene, cinematography, editing and sound that together make up the style of particular films
  2. have acquired the appropriate vocabulary to describe the formal and stylistic features of particular films
  3. be able to analyse film and television texts in terms of the meanings and effects produced by particular technical choices
  4. be able to analyse texts in terms of the specific meanings and effects produced by their overall organisation and techniques of narration
  5. be able to recognise and identify the various techniques used in screen performance
  6. be aware of some of the issues that have been raised by film theorists and critics around the various forms of textual organisation and characterization in films
  7. have acquired, in addition to these discipline-specific skills, better generic skills, including an understanding of how to apply ideas, the ability to analyse, to think critically, and to write clearly. As well as teaching the unit-specific skills above, our aim is to encourage you to develop sound written communication skills, critical judgment, informed independence of thought, and the ability to conduct research.
  • Essay (50%)
  • Quiz (10%)
  • Report (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Film Form: Genre
2Narrative and Narration
3Film Style: Mise en Scene; Cinematography; Sound; Editing

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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