William M. Pegram
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Revised: August 22, 2016, amended 9/2/2016
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus
ITE 170 - Multimedia Software, Fall 2016 (3 credits)
001N: Monday 3:30-6:10 pm CT 228
004N Wednesday 12:30-3:10 pm CT 228
006N Wednesday 7:30-10:10 pm CT 228
Instructor: Dr. William M. Pegram, firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site for Class: www.billpegram.com; PowerPoints available on Blackboard
Prerequisite: ITE 115 (because it provides a limited introduction to HTML). If you plan on taking ITD110 (Web Design I) or ART 116 (Design for the Web I), I would recommend taking these courses before ITE170.
The course will have several aspects:
- An introduction to HTML, CSS and FTP, building on the HTML/FTP knowledge now taught in ITE 115
- A hands-on introduction to multimedia software, in particular Dreamweaver (the leading web authoring/HTML editor) and Fireworks (computer graphics).
- Concepts relating to web design, web graphics, HTML, CSS and tools, web animation, and copyright and fair use.
The goal is roughly 50% tools and 50% concepts.
Basics of Web Design - HTML5+CSS3, Third Edition, Terry Felke-Morris, Pearson, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-397074-6, 2015. Available in the bookstore and online, in both purchase and rental options. Current version preferred, but previous versions acceptable.
(1) Dreamweaver CC: The Missing Manual: Covers 2014 release (Missing Manuals) by David Sawyer McFarland and Chris Grover, ISBN-13: 978-1491947203, December 2014: There is free online access to this book or a very similar book through the NVCC Library. Go to the NVCC library site, www.nvcc.edu/library. Select: books and eBooks tab, select: eBooks link, select Safari Tech and Business Book. You may have to enter your nova id and password at this point if you're not already signed into NOVA. You can type in the name of the book -- choose the Second edition.
The Basics of Web Design book is by far the most important book of the two books.
In 2013, Adobe announced a major change. Instead of users paying a lump sum amount to own the software, users would now pay a monthly fee to use the software and instead of yearly new versions, changes would be introduced into the rental version on a continual basis. This rental version is termed Creative Cloud.
You will need access to this software outside of the classroom. For completion of assignments, any version of Dreamweaver and Fireworks beginning with CS4 will be fine. It is possible, although very unlikely, that a small portion of some test might involve a feature from a more recent version of the software. Here are some alternatives for accessing the software outside the classroom:
- Most of the computers in the open lab in CT122 have the CC software (computers 12-23).
- There are 30 day free downloads of Dreamweaver CC and Fireworks 6 (there is no CC version of Fireworks).. You can have a separate 30 day period for each of the two programs. See www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/desktop.html?promoid=KRUVM
- Purchase of software - Because you are students, you are eligible to purchase the Creative Cloud suite at greatly reduced prices - currently $19.99/month with a minimum 12-month commitment (https://creative.adobe.com/plans?plan=edu)
In the past, the vast majority of students have used the free 30 day downloads. I recommend that you do not start the Dreamweaver trial early in the course, since you will likely want the Dreamweaver trial available to complete projects in the second half of the course.
At some point, either during the course of after it, if you do not have access to Dreamweaver, you may wish to use Microsoft Expression Web which is available as a free download at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36179 This is a discontinued product and no further versions will be developed. However, since tests will be geared to Dreamweaver and because Dreamweaver will be more important to your future web work, use Dreamweaver whenever possible.
Late homework may be penalized and beyond some point will not be accepted.
Inclement Weather Policy:
Frequently asked questions about closings can be found at www.nvcc.edu/emergency/closing/faq.html In cases of class cancellation, students must go to Blackboard for specific communication and instruction for the course.
If you miss class, please check the class website for any changes to the schedule, including new assignments. You are welcome to attend class in the other sections on an occasional basis, subject to capacity constraints. Which sections discuss the material first will depend on holidays, class cancellations, etc. so check the current version of the schedule page.
Office Hours Schedule/Tutoring:
Before or after class and by arrangement. The Open Computer Lab in CT 122 is providing some instruction on Fridays in basic computer use and document and folder creation - see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YSR0JYM25WhpCIahjT_ZPWnUtJAmnYwb0b5pKLZaNsw/viewformThey can also provide some help in basic web page creation and FTP, using CoreFTP and Dreamweaver. Their hours are M-Th 9:30am-8PM, F 10am-2pm, Sat. 10AM-2PM. Sunday closed.
9/2/2016 amendment - Office hours for each section are as follows: one hour after the Monday class, one hour after the Wednesday 12:30 class, and one hour before the Wednesday 7:30 class. If attending office hours for another section, please email me at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the class for that day.
Communication with Instructor:In addition to office hours, most class periods will have time for one-on-one questions with the instructor. Asking questions in this way is generally more efficient than email.
Required Email Address
I will email you at the email address on my class list which is your VCCS email address unless you specify a different address in Nova Connect. If you do not check this address frequently, I would recommend you set it up for automatic forwarding to an email address you do check more frequently. I will show you how to specify a different address in Nova Connect and to specify a forwarding address. Please remember to include your name and section in all emails to me.
Your grade will be a function of two to three tests (50%), homework and projects (50%). Much of the grading of homework and tests will emphasize mastery of concepts and the ability to do a task according to the requirements and directions rather than artistic ability or creativity.
Students are encouraged to help each other out. On homework assignments and projects, students may ask for and receive some assistance from others, unless otherwise directed by the instructor. Yet those helping a student should avoid "doing the work" for the student.
No assistance is permitted on exams and quizzes and your use of the computer may be monitored. The college policy on student conduct is found at www.nvcc.edu/students/handbook/conduct.html
Cheating may be reported to the Division Dean and the Annandale Judicial Affairs Officer.
Dropping and Withdrawal from the Class:
Thursday, September 8 is the last day to drop a 16 week class and get a tuition refunds (use NovaConnect) or to switch to audit (which requires my signature). Tuesday, November 1 is the last day to withdraw without grade penalty in a 16 week course. The award of W after the last day to withdraw REQUIRES official documentation and the Dean's signature which is very difficult to get..
Sustained talking during lecture is extremely distracting to the instructor and to other students. During hands on instruction, it is appropriate to ask me to repeat what I said or briefly ask your neighbor if you don't see where to click, etc. However, if I've moved onto another topic, it's better for everyone concerned if you move on as well, and then deal with the issue later.
NVCC is a place for learning and growing. You should feel safe and comfortable anywhere on this campus. In order to meet this objective, you should: a) let your instructor, his/her supervisor, the Dean of Students or Provost know if any unsafe, unwelcome or uncomfortable situation arises that interferes with the learning process; (b) inform the instructor within the first two weeks of classes if you have received a special needs or disability accomodation that may affect your performance in this course.
Fire/Emergency Evacuation Procedures
In case of emergency, please follow the emergency procedures as discussed on the first day of class. Students should familiarize themselves with both the primary and secondary routes that are to be used, in case you need to evacuate the building, as well as other evacuation or shelter-in-place procedures to be followed.
Student Success Tips
- Buy or rent the Basics of Web Design book - Many students in recent classes have not bought or rented this textbook despite my recommendation that they do so. Although there are PowerPoints for the Basics of Web Design book, having the text will make it easier for you to learn and access the material. Furthermore, the Judy Miller handout on HTML and CSS cover only the basics and is not a substitute for the text.
- Come to class - Some of what I say isn't in the texts and it may be easier to for to understand something if you hear me explain it, instead of just relying on other sources.
- When you come to class, pay attention - the class is in a computer classroom so resist the temptation to multitask (?) by looking at Facebook, games, or other material during lectures.
- Don't procrastinate - for example, if you are going to buy the books online, go ahead and do it. If you are having a problem logging in or transfer files to your website, fix it. If you need help, ask.
- Keep your files organized in folders - perhaps one folder for each class session or homework assignment. The file and folder structure on your website should be the same as on your computer or flash drive, and uploading files is a good way to back them up. When you are working in the classroom, don't have some files on your flash drive and some on the computer - keep them all in one place.
- Do the homework on time and definitely before the tests.