Syllabus

DTC477: Advanced Multimedia Authoring

Fall 2017

Class: TTH 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Location: VMMC 111
Instructor: Will Luers
Phone: 503-975-3254
Email: wluers@wsu.edu
Office Hours: TTH 11:00-12:00pm in room 30 VMMC 

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

Course Rationale

DTC 477 Advanced Multimedia Authoring builds on the HTML/CSS skills developed in DTC 355 and provides a broad look at the various tools, design approaches and scripting languages (such as HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and jQuery) for creating dynamic multimedia objects for a variety of platforms, including mobile phones and tablets.  The world of digital publishing is changing rapidly and this class seeks to respond creatively and analytically to these changes by introducing students to an array of skill sets.

Learning Goals

Required 
Course Activities University 
Learning Goals University 
Learning Objectives CMDC 
Goals & Objectives
1. What Thing Are You? (Javascript basics) 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

Goal 2: Synthesize media forms for multimedia contexts

Goal 3: Employ the principles of visual form for sophisticated image manipulation

2. Maps Project: Javascript and jQuery (introduction to programming and geolocation) Critical and Creative Thinking (ULG1)

Communication (ULG4)

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (ULG2)

Combine and synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways.

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

Understand and apply quantitative, symbolic and computational principles and methods in the solution of problems

Goal 7 Recognize various forms of language processing and their implications for media authoring
3. Creative Programming Project: Javascript and jQuery (program an original interactive object) Critical and Creative Thinking (ULG1)

Communication (ULG4)

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (ULG2)

Combine and synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways.

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

Understand and apply quantitative, symbolic and computational principles and methods in the solution of problems

Goal 7 Recognize various forms of language processing and their implications for media authoring
3. Final Project: Design and Build Game (responsive HTML5 app with Javascript) 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 7 Recognize various forms of language processing and their implications for media authoring

Goal 5 Know the basics of information architecture and knowledge management along with ways digital information can be structured for retrieval and archival purposes for different audiences

The assignments and activities for this course reflect these objectives and serve to assist students with reaching program goals.

 

Course Structure

  • Focus on the manual creation of web-based objects 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

  • Codeacademy.com: Learn JavaScript and jQuery tutorials
  • Selected online readings
  • Flash drive or portable media storage on which you can save and transport your work

Course Point-Earning Opportunities

  • 2 Quizzes (2 x 10%):  20%
  • Javascript Tutorial: 10%
  • jQuery Tutorial: 5%
  • What Thing Are You Quiz: 5%
  • Map Story: 15%
  • Creative Programming: 20%
  • Final Project: 25%

General Project Guidelines

  • Multimedia projects should address usability, navigation, and design issues raised in this course and in DTC355
  • Multimedia projects should utilize attractive and effective design and layout
  • JavaScript/jQuery coding, HTML/CSS mark-up, site design and content must be your own work, unless otherwise specified
  • Content should be substantive and should be written/created by you
  • All images not created by yourself must be clearly labeled with ownership and copyright information
  • Multimedia projects 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.

Each evening class counts as two classes. You are allowed 3 class absences without a deduction of points. 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. Frequent late arrivals, leaving early, or other forms of lack of attendance will also deduct points from the cumulative total. Absent students remain responsible for all course matters during their absence(s). Opportunities to make up missed work may not be available.

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.

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
D
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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