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PHT1000 Foundations of Photography 1

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Foundations of Photography 1
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 100799 - Communication and Media Studie
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Jane Hodges

Other requisites

Students undertaking the Professional Photography major will require access to a DSLR camera (either full frame or mirrorless, or a micro four thirds system); two manually operated, interchangeable lenses (recommended are one wide-angle lens [zoom or prime] and one normal-telephoto zoom lens); Adobe Creative Cloud subscription (including Adobe Bridge, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop – students must ensure their computer is capable of efficiently running the software); and personal storage space (portable external hard drive, and cloud storage). These will be used throughout all courses in the Professional Photography major.

If you wish to check the suitability of your camera, please contact the course examiner.

Students may incur extra resource costs for photographic printing.

All students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Professional photographers must be literate in the technologies of industry, and must be proficient in producing a professional standard of photographic imaging. This foundation course in the Photography major provides students with the opportunity to acquire fundamental skills in digital imaging, which they will adapt throughout the rest of the program. It is also designed to provide students with a historical framework through which to practise photography.


Students in this course will be introduced to the fundamentals of digital photography and imaging software, so they begin the process of developing professional skills in photographic imaging. Through practice-based learning, they will begin to define and interpret elements of photographic composition including shutter speed, exposure, angles, composition, depth of field, and perspective. Students will also be introduced to professional software. Through examination of case studies and other forms of academic inquiry, they will also explore the development of photographic practice from the nineteenth century to contemporary digital photography, and will gain knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of photographic practice as a tool of communication. Through this, students will also begin to examine the philosophies and ethics through which they will practise.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Articulate the importance of photography as a tool of effective communication or creative practice
  2. Describe how historic developments in photographic practice have shaped contemporary digital processes
  3. Identify and analyse the work of photographers using appropriate and ethical communication contexts
  4. Apply emerging technical knowledge and skills for a specific professional context and purpose


Description Weighting(%)
1. Photographic process and practice 55.00
2. Principals: context, technique and influence 35.00
3. Photographers: historical perspectives 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Fox, A & Sawdon, R 2015, Langford’s Basic Photography: the guide for serious photographers, 10th edn, Routledge.
(used across multiple courses in the photography major.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Busch, DD & Sullivan, MD 2015, David Busch’s mastering digital SLR photography, 4th edn, Cengage Learning.
Kobre, K 2016, Photojournalism: the professionals’ approach, 7th edn, Focal Press, Taylor & Francis.
London, B; Upton J & Stone J 2017, Photography, 12th edn, Pearson Education.
Long, B 2015, Complete digital photography, 8th edn, Cengage Learning.
Wright, T 2016, The photography handbook, 3rd edn, Routledge.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Quizzes 100 15 22 Mar 2021 (see note 1)
Project 100 35 05 May 2021
Portfolio 100 50 02 Jun 2021

  1. Quizzes must be submitted online and completed progressively throughout the semester as indicated in the course Study Schedule.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    ONL Attendance Requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Communication and Media and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Date printed 18 June 2021