DTC 355: Multimedia Authoring

Spring 2017

Section 01 : TTH 10:35am – 11:50am
Section 02 : TTH 4:15pm – 5:30pm

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

Office Hours:
111 Lab time : W 10:10am–11:00am.
In VMMC room 30, my office:  W11:00am-12:30pm

Section 01 TA:  Baily Anderson
Email: baily.anderson@wsu.edu

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

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
2. 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
3. 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

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 HTML&CSS tutorial (10 points)
  • Mid-term one-on-one meeting (5 points)
  • 2 Quizzes (2 x  10 = 20 points)
  • Blackbird  (10 points)
  • Recipe  (15 points)
  • How-To (15 points)
  • Portfolio (25 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:

B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
F 0-69

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

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of the university and will be strongly enforced in this course. Any student found in violation of the academic integrity policy will earn 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) 546-9781.

Disability Accommodation

Accommodations may be available for disabled students to fully participate in this class. Accommodations may take some time to implement so it is critical that you contact Disability Services as soon as possible. All accommodations must be approved through Disability Services, located in the Student Resource Center on the Lower Level of Student Services Center (360) 546-9138.

Emergency Notification System

WSUV has made an emergency notification system available for faculty, students and staff. Please register at myWSU with emergency contact information (cell, email, text, etc). You may have been prompted to complete emergency contact information when registering for classes on 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, for information about 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. Individuals are expected to make the best decision for their personal circumstances, taking safety into account.

Classroom and Campus 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” 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 refer to the resources at faculty.wsu.edu/classroom-safety for more emergency preparedness information.  More resources will be added to the site in the coming weeks.

If you have questions regarding emergency preparedness and/or classroom safety, please contact the Police Department or Office of Campus Safety:  (360) 546-9001

Emergency Closure/Adverse Weather Bus Information for WSU Vancouver Campus:
• WSU Vancouver VanCoug ALERTS: http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/alerts
• Weather Closure Media Web Sites: http://www.oregonlive.com/
• During adverse weather conditions when C-Tran is operating on snow routes, the WSU Vancouver campus will not be served as the snow route ends at 20th Ave. 
For more information on bus routes and C-Tran scheduling, please visit their website at: 

WSU Vancouver Home Page (Announcements and Alerts):

WSU Vancouver Police:
• Police Services
• Campus Safety Plan: http://admin.vancouver.wsu.edu/clery-act/annual-security-report
• Campus Alert Information

Hostile Intruder:
• Campus Lock Down – Exterior doors will lock
• Apply “RUN-HIDE-FIGHT” personal safety protocol
If sheltered or hiding; silence electronics, turn out lights, stay away from windows, barricade or lock doors, make a plan to fight if necessary
Active Shooter Training links: https://oem.wsu.edu/emergency-procedures/active-shooter/
• WSU Vancouver VanCoug ALERTS: http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/alerts
• Mass notification system: WSU Vancouver Home Page – myWSU to update info
o Public Address speakers
o Loudhailer outdoor PA speakers
o Campus telephone speakers
• Emergency Procedures Quick Tips
o http://admin.vancouver.wsu.edu/sites/admin.vancouver.wsu.edu/files/emergency-procedures-quick.pdf


Campus Map: includes disability parking locations:

Parking Services / Alternative Commute Info: