William M. Pegram
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Revised: January 23, 2013
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus
ITE 170 - Multimedia Software, Spring 2013 (3 credits)
004N: Monday 4:30-7:10
005N: Wednesday 7:30-10:20, 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), Flash (the leading web animation program), 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.
A college-wide course content summary is available at www.nvcc.edu/academic/coursecont/summaries/ITE170.pdf which shows topics and approximate time allocation per topic.
(1) The Non-Designer's Web Book, Third Edition, Robin Williams and John Tollett, Peachpit Press, 2005, ISBN 0-321-30337-7. list $44.99 ($22.73 on Amazon)
(2) Visual QuickStart Guide: Dreamweaver CS6 by Tom Negrino and Dori Smith, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-82252-9, Peachpit Press, 2012, $34.99 ($20.08 on Amazon)
(3) Visual QuickStart Guide: Flash CS6 by Katherine Ulrich, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-83219-1, Peachpit Press, 2012, $39.99 ($22.65 on Amazon)
There is free online access to the two Visual QuickStart guides - Go to the NOVA library site :http://www.nvcc.edu/library/, select: streaming and emedia, select: ebooks and then safari tech and business books, You have to enter your my nova id and password at this point if you're not already signed into NOVA. You can type in the name of the author and the book will come up. The complete book is available to read/view.
You will need access to this software outside of the classroom. Here are some alternatives:
- Some of the computers in the CA Building and the new open lab in CT122 have the software.
- There are 30 day free downloads of Dreamweaver CS6, Flash CS6, and Fireworks CS6 at www.adobe.com/downloads/ . You can have a separate 30 day period for each of the three programs but to do this, download the individual programs, and not the suite since if you do the suite, you will have a single 30-day period.
- Purchase of software - Because you are students at NVCC, you are eligible to purchase software at greatly reduced prices. If you want all the programs taught in this course, you would want the Adobe Creative Suite Design and Web Premium ($360) using the link at the top of the page from the Annandale bookstore site). This is about less expensive than if you buy the software from other academic software sites and much less than the commercial price. Another possibility is to buy the programs individually -- e.g. Dreamweaver $125, Flash $140 through the Annandale bookstore link. Patriot Computers at GMU is not allowed to sell Adobe software to non-GMU people.
The free download or purchase of software at academic prices is limited to the current version of the software (CS6). If you have access to CS4, CS5, or CS5.5 this should be fine for doing homework and the project; a small portion of a test might cover features found only in CS6.
Late homework will be penalized.
Inclement Weather Policy:
Frequently asked questions about closings can be found at www.nvcc.edu/depts/homepage/closing.htm#faq 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 section on an occasional basis, subject to capacity constraints. I will cover the same material in each of the two sections. Which section discuss the material first will depend on holidays, class cancellations, etc. so check the current version of the schedule page.
Office Hours Schedule/Tutoring:
After class and by arrangement. As a student at NVCC, you are eligible for free tutoring through the Tutoring Center. If you think you might want to do this, let me know and I will see whether they have anyone capable of tutoring in these subject matter areas.
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 in all emails to me since I often can't tell who you are from your email address.
Your grade will be a function of two to three tests (60%), homework and project (40%). There will not be a lot of homework so failure to complete an assignment could affect your final course grade. 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. The project will utilize getting started skills, graphics, HTML, and Flash. The topic must be a business or non-profit organization; a personal website is not acceptable..
Students are encouraged to help each other out; it is a large class which limits my ability to help each student during the class period. However, on work that is graded, there are restrictions on helping other students: 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.
Cheating may be reported to the Division Dean and the Annandale Judicial Affairs Officer.
Dropping and Withdrawal from the Class:
Friday, February 1 is the last day to drop the class and get a tuition refunds (use NovaConnect) or to switch to audit (which requires my signature). Monday, March 25 is the last day to withdraw without grade penalty. 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 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 and as posted in the classroom. 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 the textbooks - Many students in recent classes have not bought the textbooks. Each of the sections I teach meets only once a week - doing something once a week is often not a good way to learn something. If you buy and read the texts, you are engaged with the material at other times during the week. The books have been chosen because they are good books and inexpensive (you can buy all three online for less than $66 total). Also, If you go online in search of information, you are in a big ocean and explosed to lots of information not covered in the class; by reading the texts, it is easier to focus on what is required to succeed in the course.
- 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. Remember that the cost of this course is $412.05 for in-state students and $996 for out-of-state students.
- 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.