One of the option topics studied at St Augustine’s College – Sydney

9.4.4 Option 4: Multimedia Systems

Multimedia systems are information systems that combine the different types of media. Professional multimedia systems, especially when being created, involve many participants with a wide breadth of experience. Multimedia systems encompass the entire information process. This topic emphasises the information process of displaying.


A student:

  • H1.1 applies and explains an understanding of the nature and function of information technologies to a specific practical situation
  • H1.2 explains and justifies the way in which information systems relate to information processes in a specific context
  • H2.1 analyses and describes a system in terms of the information processes involved
  • H2.2 develops and explains solutions for an identified need which address all of the information processes
  • H3.1 evaluates and discusses the effect of information systems on the individual, society and the environment
  • H3.2 demonstrates and explains ethical practice in the use of information systems, technologies and processes
  • H4.1 proposes and justifies ways in which information systems will meet emerging needs
  • H5.1 justifies the selection and use of appropriate resources and tools to effectively develop and manage projects
  • H5.2 assesses the ethical implications of selecting and using specific resources and tools, recommends and justifies the choices
  • H6.1 analyses situations, identifies needs, proposes and then develops solutions
  • H6.2 selects, justifies and applies methodical approaches to planning, designing or implementing solutions
  • H7.1 implements and explains effective management techniques
  • H7.2 uses methods to thoroughly document the development of individual and team projects.
Students learn about: Students learn to:
characteristics of multimedia systems

  • multimedia systems – information systems that include combinations of the following media, including:
    • text and numbers
    • audio
    • images and/or animations
    • video
    • hyperlinks
  • the differences between print and multimedia, including:
    • different modes of display
    • interactivity and involvement of participants in multimedia systems
    • ease of distribution
    • authority of document
  • use multimedia systems in an interactive way and to identify how they control the presentation of information
  • identify multimedia software appropriate to manipulating particular types of data
  • compare and contrast printed and multimedia versions with similar content


  • the demands placed on hardware by multimedia systems, including:
    • primary and secondary storage requirements as a result of:
      • bit depth and the representation of colour data
      • sampling rates for audio data
    • processing as a result of:
      • video data and frame rates
      • image processing, including morphing and distorting
      • animation processing, including tweening
    • display devices as a result of:
      • pixels and resolution
  • the variety of fields of expertise required in the development of multimedia applications, including:
    • content providers
    • system designers and project managers
    • those skilled in the collection and editing of each of the media types
    • those skilled in design and layout
    • those with technical skills to support the use of the information technology being used


  • summarise current information technology requirements for multimedia systems
  • distinguish between different approaches to animation including path-based and cell-based through practical investigations
  • describe the roles and skills of the people who design multimedia systems
examples of multimedia systems

  • the major areas of multimedia use, including:
    • education and training
    • leisure and entertainment
    • information provision, such as information kiosk
    • virtual reality and simulations such as flight simulator
    • combined areas such as educational games
  • advances in technology which are influencing multimedia development
    (See Course Specifications Document)


  • identify participants, data/information and information technology for one example of a multimedia system from each of the major areas
  • describe the relationships between participants, data/information and information technology for one example of a multimedia system from each of the major areas
  • discuss environmental factors that will influence the design of a multimedia system for a given context, and recommend ways of addressing them
  • critically evaluate the effectiveness of a multimedia package within the context for which it has been designed
  • interpret developments that have led to multimedia on the World Wide Web
  • discuss multimedia systems that address new technological developments
  • compare and contrast multimedia presentations


displaying in multimedia systems


  • describe how relevant hardware devices display multimedia and use a variety of devices
  • implement features in software that support the displaying of multimedia and explain their use
  • use available hardware and software to display multimedia and interact with it
  • summarise the techniques for collecting, storing and displaying different forms of media and implement these in practical work
  • create samples of the different media types suitable for use in a multimedia display
other information processes in multimedia systems

  • processing:
    • the integration of text and/or number, audio, image and/or video
    • compression and decompression of audio, video and images
    • hypermedia – the linking of different media to one another
  • organising presentations using different storyboard layouts, including:
    • linear
    • hierarchical
    • non-linear
    • a combination of these
  • storing and retrieving:
  • collecting:
    • text and numbers in digital format
    • audio, video and images in analog format
    • methods for digitising analog data


  • describe the process of analog to digital conversion
  • plan a multimedia presentation using a storyboard
  • diagrammatically represent an existing multimedia presentation with a storyboard
  • design and create a multimedia presentation
  • combine different media types in authoring software
  • design and create a multimedia world wide web site that includes text and numbers, hypertext, images, audio and video
  • identify standard file formats for various data types
  • recommend an appropriate file type for a specific purpose
  • describe the compression of audio, image and video data and information
  • decide when data compression is required and choose an appropriate technique to compress data and later retrieve it
  • capture and digitise analog data such as audio or video
issues related to multimedia systems

  • copyright: the acknowledgment of source data and the ease with which digital data can be modified
  • appropriate use of the Internet and the widespread application of new developments
  • the merging of radio, television, communications and the Internet with the increase and improvements in digitisation
  • the integrity of the original source data in educational and other multimedia systems
  • current and emerging trends in multimedia systems
    (See Course Specifications Document)
  • evaluate and acknowledge all source material in practical work
  • use Internet based multimedia presentations in a responsible way
  • predict and debate new technological developments based on advancements in multimedia systems
  • cross-reference material supplied in multimedia presentations to support its integrity


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