Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: IMED-1301- Section: 11
Introduction to Digital Media
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Instructor Information
Instructor Maurice Abelman
E-mailabelmanm@lamarpa.edu
Phone(409) 984-6389
Office
Location:Student Center - Room: 413
Hours:( M 9-10 ) ( T 2-3 ) ( W 9-10 | 12-2 ) ( TH 2-3 ) ( F 9-10 )
Department
Business and Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
E-mail:guillsr@lamarpa.edu
Phone:(409) 984-6381
Course Information
Description A survey of the theories, elements, and hardware/software components of digital media. Emphasis on conceptualizing and producing digital media presentations.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Alpha. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material (PSLO Alpha) measured by pretest/posttest.
1. The student will utilize various elements and components of digital media (PSLO 1) measured by embedded test questions and assignments.
2. The student will utilize various elements and components of digital media (PSLO 2) measured by projects.
3. The student will select optimal digital media strategies for various delivery systems (PSLO 2) measured by projects.
4. The student will identify digital media industry career opportunities (PSLO 3) measured by projects.
5. The student will individually produce a digital media presentation (PSLO 4) measured by projects.
Core Objectives 1. Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
2. Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
3. Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
Program Student Learning Outcomes Alpha. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material
1. Creates computer graphics for inclusion into a design product.
2. Creates original design elements for inclusion into a portfolio
3. Describes current trends in graphic design.
4. Demonstrates ethics and professionalism within the graphic design field.
Textbooks No text is required for this course, but I do require students to have a 3 month minimum membership to the Lynda.com eLearning platform to have access to the web tutorials needed for this course.
Lecture Topics
Outline
Jan /22 Introductions : Syllabus Review
Intro to Course What is PhotoShop? What is
Illustrator? What is InDesign? Exercise 1

Jan /28 Project 1- Welcome to Port Arthur
Intro to Photo Shop / Exercise 1 Due, Exercise 2

Feb /04 Project 1 Due Friday/ Project 2 Photo Collage
Exercise 2 Due, Exercise 3, Workday

Feb /11 Project 2 Due Friday/ Project 3 Zombie Makeover
Exercise 3 due, Exercise 4, Workday

Feb /18 Project 3 Due Friday/ Project 4 Anime Cartoon
Exercise 4 due, Exercise 5 Intro to Illustrator

Feb /25 Project 4 Due Friday, Project 5: Background
Exercise 5 due, Exercise 6, Workday

Mar /04 Project 5 Due Friday, Project 6: Logo
Exercise 6 Due, Exercise 7, Workday

Mar /11 Spring Break

Mar /18 Project 6 Due, Project 7 Bio, Logo, Resume
Workday

Mar /25 Project 3 Due, Project 4: Social Media Campaign
Exercise 7 Due, Exercise 8, Intro to InDesign

Apr /01 Project 7 Work Days
Exercise 8 Due, Workday

Apr /08 Project 7 Due, Project 8 Restaurant Logo & Menu
Exercise 9, Workday

Apr /15 Project 8 Work Days
Exercise 9 Due, Workday

Apr /22 Project 8 Due, Project 9 Band Poster & Logo
Exercise 10, Workday

Apr /29 Project 9 Work Days
Workday

May /06 Project 9 Due, Project 10 Final-Digital Portfolio

Final - May 13 - 10am-12:30pm
Major Assignments
Schedule

Jan /22 Introductions : Syllabus Review
Intro to Course What is PhotoShop? What is
Illustrator? What is InDesign? Exercise 1

Jan /28 Project 1- Welcome to Port Arthur
Intro to Photo Shop / Exercise 1 Due, Exercise 2

Feb /04 Project 1 Due Friday/ Project 2 Photo Collage
Exercise 2 Due, Exercise 3, Workday

Feb /11 Project 2 Due Friday/ Project 3 Zombie Makeover
Exercise 3 due, Exercise 4, Workday

Feb /18 Project 3 Due Friday/ Project 4 Anime Cartoon
Exercise 4 due, Exercise 5 Intro to Illustrator

Feb /25 Project 4 Due Friday, Project 5: Background
Exercise 5 due, Exercise 6, Workday

Mar /04 Project 5 Due Friday, Project 6: Logo
Exercise 6 Due, Exercise 7, Workday

Mar /11 Spring Break

Mar /18 Project 6 Due, Project 7 Bio, Logo, Resume
Workday

Mar /25 Project 3 Due, Project 4: Social Media Campaign
Exercise 7 Due, Exercise 8, Intro to InDesign

Apr /01 Project 7 Work Days
Exercise 8 Due, Workday

Apr /08 Project 7 Due, Project 8 Restaurant Logo & Menu
Exercise 9, Workday

Apr /15 Project 8 Work Days
Exercise 9 Due, Workday

Apr /22 Project 8 Due, Project 9 Band Poster & Logo
Exercise 10, Workday

Apr /29 Project 9 Work Days
Workday

May /06 Project 9 Due, Project 10 Final-Digital Portfolio

Final - May 13 - 10am-12:30pm
Final Exam Date May 13, 2019 - 10:00 AM   Through  May 13, 2019 - 12:30 PM
Grading Scale Passing grades: 100-90= A 89-80=B 79-70=C
Failing Grades: 69-60= D 59 Ė Below= F
Determination of
Final Grade
Projects 70% - This grade represents the combination of all the projects within the semester. This includes the exercises for each project, in-progress project drafts and the final projects.

Participation 30% - This grade represents the in-class participation. This covers the in-class critiques, online tutorial modules, in-class quizzes, and attendance.

10- Exercises 20%
10- Class Projects 50%
2- Quizzes 15%
Attendance 10%
Critique 5%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Expectations

To do well in this course, plan on an average of at least 6-8 hours of work per week outside of class. Project schedules are designed to give students time for critical and creative revisions; the drafts leading to the final version of a project should represent active experimentation, critical self-assessment, and personal commitment to the work.

Arrive at class on time, with your materials, your projects prepared, and ready to work. While in class you are expected to work on class projects; Internet usage should be limited to class related research.

You are expected to be an enthusiastic participant in this class and take ownership of your work and development as a creative professional. The function of critiques is not only to receive feedback on your work, but to build essential skills of presentation, negotiation, and persuasion.

Course Work

Each project will be provided with a detailed project sheet. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Reread the directions prior to handing in your projects. Failure to comply with these instructions will effect your grade.

We will critique work-in-progress as well as finished projects. Critiques are meant to develop skills of presentation and discussion and should be approached in a professional manner. The presentation of work is an essential part of the project as well as your development as a creative professional. Creating work is only part of the process - you must be able to present your work as the right solution to the given design problem.

Unless instructed otherwise, work must be printed out to be accepted for review, class viewing or grading. If you wait until 10 minutes before class to print out your work and then run into printing problems, that is not a valid excuse for late work. Any work brought into class after a crit has started will be counted as late. All work must be posted on Google Drive for credit. if the work is analog (like a pencil sketch), it should be scanned or photographed and uploaded.

Projects vs. Exercises

Throughout the course, we will have around 7 class exercises that will be graded on a credit/no-credit basis. The exercises are intended to build specific skills that will be needed to projects, or to reinforce topics and/or design techniques. You will be given time to complete exercises in class.

Late Work

All work will be due at specific dates as outlined in the course schedule, and will be due at the beginning of class.

Exercises - If you do not complete the work in-class or are absent, then exercises must be submitted in Google Drive before the beginning of the next class (within one week). Late exercises will not be accepted for credit (not negotiable).

Project drafts / work-in-progress - All in-progress project work must be turned in on the date specified. Missed work will count a full letter off the final project grade. All in-progress work is posted in Google Drive, so class attendance is not required to the ability to turn in work.

Project Finals - If your project final is one week late, your project will drop 1 full grade, two weeks late, your project will drop 2 grades. Project finals will not be accepted after two weeks. Please donít miss class because you havenít finished your work.

Backing Up Your Files

Losing work due to failed media or overwritten files is not an excuse for late work. Students are expected to have an effective backup strategy for all of their files.It is suggested that this strategy includes duplicate back-ups of all working and final files. Please note that lab computers are used by the community and if you store your work on them it could be lost or deleted by someone else.
Attendance Policy Attendance & Absences

Attendance is required in all Art + Design classes. In each class, attendance is tied to specific learning outcomes and to course grades. Any absence will affect your ability to complete coursework successfully. There are no excused absences. More than three absences is cause for failure. Here are some examples of the ways in which attendance connects with learning outcomes:

Students critique and evaluate each otherís work in class and it is essential for your progress and learning experience to be present to do so. Critiquing develops analytical skill and communication proficiency.
Students frequently collaborate on projects and in-class exercises, and learning these skills requires you to be present.
Participating in class discussions and critiques helps you develop skill in self-expression and verbal/rhetorical abilities.

Tardiness and early departure will also be considered a violation of the absence policy. Attendance will be taken at the start of each class. Being late to class twice (15 minutes or more), or leaving before the end of class twice (or instructor dismissal), will equal an absence. While I appreciate being informed if you are arriving late or leaving early, the attendance mark is automatic nonetheless.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other This syllabus is subject to change at any time during the semester. You will be notified of any changes or will be issued a new syllabus
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.