DTC477: Advanced Multimedia Authoring

Spring 2017

Class: M 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: VMMC 111
Instructor: Will Luers
Phone: 503-975-3254
Email: wluers@wsu.edu
Office Hours: M 5:00-6:00pm in room 30 VMMC 

TA: Tyler Hickey
email: tyler.hickey@wsu.edu

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

Course Activities University 
Learning Goals University 
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Goals & Objectives
1. Dynamic Page (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 interactionsGoal 2 Synthesize media forms for multimedia contextsGoal 3 Employ the principles of visual form for sophisticated image manipulation
2. Javascript and jQuery (introduction to programming and geolocation) Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (ULG2) 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. 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 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: 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: 10%
  • Map Story: 15%
  • Creative Programming: 15%
  • 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 2 class absences without a deduction of points. Each class absence after that will result in a 5 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:

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

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