William M. Pegram
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Revised: January 16, 2019

Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus

This course information sheet is designed to supplement the ITE 170 Common Syllabus. The ITE 170 common syllabus was first used in Fall 2018 and attempts to ensure consistency in ITE170 across all NVCC campuses. The schedule page contains the week-by-week material for my sections.

ITE 170 - Multimedia Software, Spring 2019 (3 credits)

001N - MW 12:30-1:45 PM - CT 230
002N - MW 2:00-3:15 PM - CT 230

Web Site for Class: www.billpegram.com

Course Content

ITE 170 covers HTML and CSS, that is, the basic coding used in web pages. At least how I teach it, lesser emphasis is on the process of developing a web site, web design principles, page layout, image formats, accessibility, and copyright issues. Instruction is provided in the use of four Adobe programs - Dreamweaver, Animate, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. There is no discussion of server-side programming or client-side scripting such as JavaScript.

ITD 110, Web Design I, which is also a three-credit course, does not cover the Adobe programs (Dreamweaver, Animate, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro) and thus can cover the other topics in ITE 170 to a greater level than in possible in ITE 170.

Transfer to GMU

The current situation regarding transfer of ITE 170 to GMU is described at https://ist.gmu.edu/students/transfer-students/transferring-from-another-institution/


Text editors such as Notepad or Notepad++ (Windows), Brackets, Atom, or Sublime Text (Windows and Mac) are free downloads and are available on some campus computers.

Four Adobe CC Programs (Dreamweaver, Animate, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro) are a substantial portion of this course. Here are some alternatives for accessing these programs outside the classroom:

  1. There are several PC computers and several Mac's in the open lab in CT228 with the CC software. The lab hours are M-Th 9am-8:30pm and Friday-Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm.
  2. There are 7 day free downloads of each Adobe CC program. You can have a separate 7 day period for each of the programs. See www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/desktop.html?promoid=KRUVM Students may want to do homework during the course with the software in the open lab, saving the trial programs for the project at the end of the semester.
  3. Purchase of software - Because you are students, you are eligible to rent 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). Very few students do this and it is certainly not a course requirement that you do so.

The Adobe CC programs are only available to rent, not to buy.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 and Premiere Elements 2019 are stripped-down versions of the CC programs. You can purchase (not rent) these two Elements programs as a combined package for $80 for the Student and Teacher Edition. Each of these two Elements programs are also available as a separate 30-day free trial. I purchased these programs but haven't had a chance to try them. I hope to be able to say more about them before we get to Photoshop and Premiere Pro in the second half of the course. The two Elements programs are not available in the classroom or in the open lab.


You can read online the four Classroom in a Book textbooks for this course; the Dreamweaver and Photoshop books are shown as required on the Common Syllabus, whereas the other two are shown as recommended.  For each of the four books, login to your myNova account and then click the link specified below.  The number of simultaneous users is limited, so if you can't get access, try back at another time.  Accessing the book this way does not provide you access to the exercise files.  I can provide the exercise files through Blackboard if desired.

Dreamweaver CC 2018 release Classroom in a Book - http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com.ezproxy.vccs.edu:2048/book/web-design-and-development/9780134872179 

Photoshop CC 2018 release Classroom in a Book - http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com.ezproxy.vccs.edu:2048/book/photo-and-graphic-manipulation/9780134852560

Animate CC 2018 release Classroom in a Book - http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com.ezproxy.vccs.edu:2048/book/animation-and-3d/9780134872292

Premiere Pro CC 2018 release Classroom in a Book - http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com.ezproxy.vccs.edu:2048/book/video/9780134872483

I do not think you need to purchase any of the above books; however purchasing will be useful if you wish to go deeper into one of these tools than we will go in class.

HTML and CSS is an important part of this course. The Dreamweaver book has material on HTML and CSS. The schedule page has links to some good online material on HTML and CSS. You might consider purchasing the fifth book - HTML & CSS design and build websites by Jon Duckett. It is very good and inexpensive and we will spend more time on the subject matter covered in this book than we will on any single one of the four software programs listed above. You can also view it online through the NVCC library at https://proquest-safaribooksonline-com.eznvcc.vccs.edu:2443/9781118206911.


Homework assigned will generally be due 6-8 days after the homework is assigned. This will permit you to work on the homework during the week, get any questions resolved in the next class, and submit the homework on time. Late homework will not be accepted but your two lowest homework grades will be dropped; this policy of dropping the two lowest two grades is designed to cover illness, computer problems, work or family responsibilities, etc. so exceptions to this policy will not be granted.

You must submit your homework so that the files can be read on a Windows machine. Thus if you are using a Mac, you must do any necessary conversion of the files. If you are required to submit a zipped folder, make sure that whatever you submit can be opened by WinZip. If you are using software that is not properly licensed, make sure the resulting files can be opened on another Windows machine.


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 keep the sections together in terms of content.

Office Hours Schedule

Office hours will be held in the classroom. I expect this will be as follows, but the final schedule will be announced on Blackboard once the classroom availability at these times is confirmed.:

MW 3:15 in CT230 at the conclusion of ITE 170
TTh 3:15 in CT 116 at the conclusion of ITD 110.

If these times are not convenient,  please email me to arrange a mutually agreeable time

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. 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 forwarding address.

Please remember to include your name, class (ITE170) and section (12:30 or 2:00) in all emails to me.

Academic Integrity

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.

Unless specifically stated in the assignment, students may work together to complete an assignment. However my experience is that students who turn in essentially identical work on an assignment tend not to do well on subsequent tests either because they have not learned the material or are too reliant on another person. 

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. You will be asked to present your student ID to take exams.

Cheating on a test will result in a grade of 0 on the test. Cheating on a subsequent test will result in a grade of F for the course. Cheating may be reported to the Division Dean and the Annandale Judicial Affairs Officer.

Dropping and Withdrawal from the Class:

Tuesday, January 29th 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).   Sunday, March 24th 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..

Classroom Conduct

Sustained talking during lecture is extremely distracting to the instructor and to other students. During hands on instruction where we are all coding together, 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. If you wish to use your computer during class for things other than viewing PowerPoints or following along during in-class coding exercises, please sit in the back row. Do not do homework during lectures; you should be focused on learning the new material being presented..

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