Syllabus

DTC 355: Multimedia Authoring

Fall 2017

TTH 1:25pm – 2:40pm

Location: VMMC 111
Instructor: Will Luers
Phone: 503-975-3254
Email: wluers@wsu.edu

Office Hours:
TWTH 11:00am–12:00pm.
In VMMC room 30, my office:

NOTE: All matters associated with this course are subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to students.

Course Rationale

DTC 355 Multimedia Authoring focuses on “writing for new computer-based media, multimedia authoring, and new rhetorics of information technology.” Students will learn how to hand-code web pages by designing, building and publishing four websites using HTML5 and CSS3. Students will also develop basic skills in interface and narrative design: typography, layout, color, imagery and media integration. This course is integral to the overall vision for the DTC program and so is aligned with the 10 Program Goals

Learning Goals

Required 
Course Activities University 
Learning Goals University 
Learning Objectives CMDC 
Goals & Objectives
1. Format and Design a Page (HTML5 and CSS3) Critical and Creative Thinking (ULG1)Communication (ULG4) Combine and synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways.

Express concepts propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise, and technically correct form.

Goal 1:
Demonstrate competency with computers for designing, distributing, retrieving, and preserving digital works in various mediums for humane and effective human-computer interactions
3. Design and Build Responsive Website (flexible design typography, layout, hierarchy) Critical and Creative Thinking (ULG1)Information Literacy (ULG2)Communication (ULG4)Depth, Breadth, and Integration of Learning (ULG7) Combine and synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways.

Determine the extent and type of information needed.

Express concepts propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise, and technically correct form.By applying the concepts of the general and specialized studies to personal, academic, service learning, professional, and/or community activities.

Goal 5 :
Identify and explain key principles of information architecture, effectively manage knowledge for both information retrieval and archival purposes, and evaluate and choose appropriate information architecture and knowledge management strategies for a given situationGoal 7:
Recognize various forms of language processing and their implications for media authoring
4. Design and Build Narrative Website (narrative design, information architecture, hypermedia, applying dynamic behavior) Critical and Creative Thinking (ULG1)Information Literacy (ULG2)Communication (ULG4)Depth, Breadth, and Integration of Learning (ULG7) Combine and synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways.

Determine the extent and type of information needed.

Express concepts propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise, and technically correct form.By applying the concepts of the general and specialized studies to personal, academic, service learning, professional, and/or community activities.

Goal 5 :
Identify and explain key principles of information architecture, effectively manage knowledge for both information retrieval and archival purposes, and evaluate and choose appropriate information architecture and knowledge management strategies for a given situationGoal 7:
Recognize various forms of language processing and their implications for media authoring
4. Design and Build Portfolio Website (web design principles: typography, color, layout, imagery, information design) Critical and Creative Thinking (ULG1)Communication (ULG4) Combine and synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways.

Express concepts propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise, and technically correct form.

Goal 2:
Synthesize media forms for multimedia contextsGoal 3 Employ the principles of visual form for sophisticated image manipulation

Course Structure

  • Focus on the manual creation of web pages and other digital interfaces
  • Readings, discussion of concepts, and application of theory
  • Multiple assignments and projects
  • Conceptual and creative work with ideas explored in this course

 

Required Course Texts and other resources

Course Point-Earning Opportunities

  • Code Academy Learn HTML&CSS tutorial (10 points), Responsive Design (5 points) = 15 points Total
  • Mid-term one-on-one meeting (5 points)
  • 2 Quizzes (2 x  10 = 20 points)
  • Blackbird  (10 points)
  • Recipe  (15 points)
  • Sequential (15 points)
  • Portfolio (20 points)

General Project Guidelines

  • All content and mark-up must be your own work; no WYSIWYG editors or templates
  • Websites should address usability, navigation, and design issues raised in this course
  • Websites should utilize attractive and effective design and layout in HTML and CSS
  • Content should be substantive and should be written by you
  • All images not created by you must be clearly labeled with ownership and copyright information
  • Websites should be checked thoroughly for errors. There is no excuse for sloppy writing and such mistakes will count against you.

Assessment and Final Grades

Both attendance and participation will be monitored and deficiencies in either/both will result in lower final grades. Participation means being attentive in class, joining in discussions, engaging in informal critiques and completing all in-class and outside assignments.

You are allowed three class absences. Each class absence after that will result in a 3 point deduction from the final cumulative points. It is your responsibility to make sure I check your attendance if you arrive after the start of class. You will receive a mark of absence if you repeatedly arrive late to class, leave early without permission and/or take up valuable class time with activity unrelated to class (such checking mail, facebook or other homework).  Stay focused, share ideas, be awesome and you will get an excellent grade. It is that simple.Absent students remain responsible for all course matters during their absence(s). Opportunities to make up missed work may not be available.

Final grades are determined from the cumulative points earned, plus or minus any deductions or additions for attendance or participation. No curving, averaging, or other manipulations are utilized. No other assessment or extra credit opportunities are planned. Incompletes are not available. Final grades are based on the following scale:

A
A-
93-100
90-92
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
F 0-69

Notice that the grade of “D” is not offered; reverts to “F.”

Submission of Late Work

All work must be submitted as and when required. Late work may not be accepted, or accepted with a substantial penalty. Email submissions of work or work submitted “under the door” or “in the mailbox” will not be accepted. No excuses, no exceptions.

Academic integrity

Cheating is defined in the Standards of Conduct for Students WAC 504-26-010. Any student found in violation of the academic integrity policy, including but not limited to plagiarism, may be given an “F” for the course and will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. For additional information about WSU’s Academic Integrity policy/procedures, please contact 360-546-9573. If you have any questions about what constitutes plagiarism or how to cite sources properly, please do not hesitate to contact the professor. If you wish to appeal a faculty member’s decision relating to academic integrity, please use the form available at https://studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/student-affairs/student-conduct

AWARE network

The AWARE Network is an online resource with a list of important resources as well as an Assistance and Referral From that can be completed by anyone on campus if they have concerns about a particular student.  The idea is to make it convenient and easy for the campus community to report a student situation of concern.   The online form and other resources are located at http://aware.vancouver.wsu.edu

Classroom safety

Classroom and campus safety are of paramount importance at Washington State University, and are the shared responsibility of the entire campus population. WSU urges students to follow the “Alert, Assess, Act” protocol for all types of emergencies and the “Run, Hide, Fight” (https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cirg/active-shooter-and-mass-casualty-incidents/run-hide-fight-video) response for an active shooter incident. Remain ALERT (through direct observation or emergency notification), ASSESS your specific situation, and ACT in the most appropriate way to assure your own safety (and the safety of others if you are able). Please sign up for emergency alerts on your account at MyWSU. For more information, visit the WSU safety portal (https://oem.wsu.edu/about-us/).

Emergency notification

An emergency notification system is available for faculty, students, and staff. Please register through your myWSU account with emergency contact information (phone, email, text, etc.). You may have been prompted to complete emergency contact information when registering for classes at RONet. In the event of a building evacuation, a map at each classroom entrance shows the evacuation point for each building. Please refer to it. Finally, in case of class cancellation campus-wide, please check local media, the WSU Vancouver web page and/or http://www.flashalert.net/. Individual class cancellations may be made at the discretion of the instructor. Each individual is expected to make the best decision for their personal circumstances, taking safety into account.

Service/Emotional support animals

Pets are not allowed on campus and service animals must be registered with the WSU Access Center. Please contact the Access Center, Classroom Building (VCLS) room 160, 360-546-9238.

Students with disabilities

Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please contact the Access Center, Classroom Building (VCLS) room 160, telephone 360-546-9238, or email van.access.center@wsu.edu. Accommodations may take some time to implement so it is critical that you contact the Access Center as soon as possible.

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