Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: IMED-1301- Section: 11
Introduction to Digital Media
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Instructor Information
Instructor Sarita Medhekar
Phone(409) 984-6390
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 114
Hours: M 1- 2; W- F 12 - 2.30; TU-TR 9 - 11;
Business and Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
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 Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Tools ( Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) Illustrated ISBN 13:978-1-133-56258-0
You will also need a flash drive or a cloud account to save work onto.
Lecture Topics
1. Photoshop
2. Illustrator
3. InDesign
Major Assignments
Course Schedule:
Week 1: Syllabus review, pre-test, Blackboard and Self Service Banner
Week 2: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS6 and selecting pixels; Chapter unit A, B of Photoshop CS6
Week 3: Working with Layers and Improving Images with Adjustment Layers; Chapter unit C, D of Photoshop CS6
Week 4: Working with Type, Gradients, Brushes and Color Effects; Chapter unit E, F of Photoshop CS6
Week 5: Creating Special Effects; Chapter unit G; Photoshop Exam 1.
Week 6: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator CS6 and their essential operations; Chapter unit A, B of Illustrator CS6
Week 7: Advanced topics: Creating Blends and Complex Artwork; Chapter C, D of Illustrator CS6
Week 8: March 11 - 15 Spring Break
Week 9:Working with Text and Gradients and Drawing in Illustrator; Chapter E, F of Illustrator CS6
Week 10: Advanced Techniques in Illustrator CS6; Chapter unit G of Illustrator CS6; Illustrator Exam 2.
Week 11: Introduction to Adobe InDesign CS6 and working with Text; Chapter unit A, B of InDesign CS6
Week 12: Working with Objects and Graphics; Chapter unit C, D of InDesign CS6
Week 13: Using Master Pages and Working with Layers; Chapter unit E, F of InDesign CS6
Week 14: Adding Interactivity to InDesign; Chapter Integration of InDesign CS6
Week 15: Course revision
Week 16: Final Exam

Schedule is subject to change

Final Exam Date May 13, 2019 - 10:00 AM   Through  May 13, 2019 - 12:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Homework - 10%, Quizzes and Lab - 30%, Exams - 60%,
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by e-mail. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office in person.

Homework assignments will be given each week.

LATE WORK is highly discouraged and will incur a 10 point penalty for every day it is late. Due dates are given and enough time is given to complete all work. NO EXCEPTIONS.

If you miss an exam, your lowest test grade will count twice. If you miss more than one exam, those exams will be given a grade of zero. Students must leave the classroom after exam is finished.

There will be a final exam. All students must take the exam on the scheduled date and time, and failure to do so will result in a 0 on the final exam.

Every student MUST have a copy of the required textbooks by the SECOND week of class. The student will still be responsible for any assignments given. Failure to have a text may result in being dropped from the class.

No emailed work is accepted.

Students are responsible for completing all assigned reading and video viewings.

A failure to follow oral and/or written instructions will result in penalties.
Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on any assignment; a second incidence of academic dishonesty will be handled based on campus policies and procedures with the department chair.

Student IDs are required for the first exam. IDs must be visible on your desk before the exam is administered. No ID, No exam.

Software Requirements:
If you are in a course that is using a specific software, you MUST have the software available to you either on your home computer or you must use the open lab provided in the Gates Library.

Reliable Internet access is required for all online courses and many traditional courses.

Computer failure and lack of internet access are not acceptable excuses for missed assignments, projects, quizzes, or exams. DO NOT wait until the last minute? to complete class work or exams.

Classroom Etiquette:
The following behaviors will result in the student being asked during class time to cease the action and/or leave the classroom: using cell phones, talking, or keying while the instructor is giving instructions or during class discussions; leaving class early without informing the instructor in advance; surfing the Internet during lecture; and displaying a rude or negative behavior toward the instructor or other students.

No cell phones should be visible or heard during class. Again, you will be asked to leave the room for the remainder of the class. No blue tooth technology or recording of lectures in any format (unless approved by the instructor). No charging of cell phones in the classroom.

E-Mail/Voice Mail Etiquette:
Students must use appropriate e-mail etiquette when corresponding with instructor; for example, complete sentences and a full subject line with your name/course name. Voice mail messages should be clearly spoken identifying students name, course, and any return phone number.
Attendance Policy Poor attendance is a leading reason for termination from a job in all areas of employment. With this factor in mind, the instructor monitors student attendance daily. In addition, attendance on a regular basis is necessary for proper skill development. A tardy is an absence for attendance purposes.

4 absences = one letter grade drop
6 absences = two letter grade drop
8 absences = automatic failure of class

Quizzes may be given at the beginning of the class period. Students coming in to class late will not be allowed to take quizzes already turned in. A grade of zero will be recorded for the quiz.

Assignments are due at the beginning of each class; student assignments coming in late will be assessed a penalty, even if the student arrives to class late and turns in work.

Students are responsible for completing all assigned homework, including reading assignments, by the required due dates and for being prepared for each class meeting. This applies even if you were absent from the previous class meeting.
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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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.