Instructor: Assistant Professor Dan Fergus
Office: Stewart Hall 130
Office hours: Tues 12noon –5pm; Wed4–5pm
Office phone: 320-308-3074 [note that e-mail is a better way to get hold of me]
E-mail : (or) (or) use this handy form
This course will introduce various forms of multi-media and their applications to the mass communications industry. Primarily we will explore the use of digital video editing software and the basics of Web design. Students will learn how to use of Final Cut and Dreamweaver and use them to create professional-level projects. In addition, students will be introduced to HTML and CSS.
- Credits: 2
Student Leaning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Think more critically, creatively and independently.
- Demonstrate basic skills for effective visual communication.
- Employ digital technologies to create and output video projects.
- Apply the building blocks of Web design-HTML and CCS, and other applicable tools to the creation of simple Web pages.
This course will consist largely of hands-on use of various media programs. Most weeks I will lecture/demonstrate new tools and techniques and students will follow along and complete exercises. In addition there will be several larger projects that span multiple weeks. Although there may be some class given to these projects, it is expected that students will have to work several hours outside of class to complete them.
The SCSU Department of Mass Communications is committed to preserving and fostering diversity and complying with the equity guidelines set up by the university. We recognize diversity in the faculty, staff and students, and strive to enhance the richness offered by this variety. It is important to be respectful of one another's thoughts and ideas. It is expected that students, professor, and guests treat everyone fairly, regardless of gender, class, ethnicity, religion, disability, nationality, or sexual orientation (or anything else for that matter). This is not to say that students should refrain from offering their opinions, defending their beliefs, or arguing against ideas they disagree with; however, it is expected that any such discussions be thoughtful and respectful, as outlined above.
I will make every effort to post copies of class syllabi, assignments, study guides, and other handouts on the web, both at www.danfergusdesign.com/classfiles/ as well as D2L. If you miss class, or lose a handout, you should be able to download a new copy from this site. If you need to get hold of me and you have no access to e-mail, you may contact me via a form from this site (www.danfergusdesign.com/contact.html). Grades will be posted on D2L.
The Internet is a very useful tool for research and in this class in particular we will be referring to it quite a bit. However, it should not be used as entertainment while in class. Students are not be permitted to surf the net, play games, or use e-mail during class time.
To plagiarize is “to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own” (Webster’s Dictionary). Students found plagiarizing material from any secondary source will receive a failing grade on the assignment, and may be subject to further disciplinary action. Students should consult with me to verify the proper citation style to be used for specific assignments.
Cell Phones will not be allowed in my classroom unless they are silent. Students are not permitted to talk on cell phones in class.
In multimedia classes such as this we often make use of video and audio files. When 20 people are working with files with sound it can get quite noisy. Students are encouraged to bring headphones or earbuds for those portions of the class that deal with audio.
Due to the wealth of material to be covered in this course, it is extremely important that you attend every scheduled class. Excessive absences will count against your class participation score. However, I have no interest nor desire to make determinations between "excused" and "unexcused" absences. I don't want to deal with doctors' notes nor other paperwork. To that end I have devised a simple attendance plan modeled on the professional environment: all students get a limited number of "sick days" to use as they see fit. These are not meant to be vacation days; they are there for those times you are legitamately sick, or have to go to a funeral, or are stuck out-of-town, etc. if you exceed your alloted absences, you will be penalized regardless of the excuse.
|Class meets twice a week||Class meets once a week|
|9+||5+||Automatic class failure|
Students are responsible for all material discussed in class whether or not they attended that day. A student who is absent is expected to get any missed notes, handouts, or assignments from fellow students, and/or on-line resources as soon as he/she returns to class. I would also appreciate an e-mail indicating the reason for your absence as soon as possible.
Project grades and comments (where applicable) will be posted to D2L. It is the student's responsibility to check the D2L and review his/her grades. If D2L lists a project grade as “missing,” it is most likely because I did not received the project, or it is largely incomplete. It is the student's responsibility to make sure his/her work has been completed and received by the instructor.
Students may redo and resubmit work at any point during the semester up to the last scheduled class. If the resubmitted piece improves on the original project, a new (better) grade will be posted in place of the old grade. Redone work that is of equal or lesser quality will not be penalized (the grade will remain the same). If you do submit a redo, I ask that you send me an e-mail alerting me to that fact, otherwise I may miss it.
Projects, papers, presentations, and exercises with a stated deadline (due date) are due on the date and at the time specified and no later. Assignments turned-in late will lose one letter grade for each week they are late. All work must be turned in by the end of the final scheduled regular class (finals week excluded).
Project 1: Edit to Audio
In order to practice using non-linear editing software, students will be given several short pieces of music and some random video clips. Students will then create a short interpretive video with the provided material, with the emphasis on careful and creative editing and synchronization.
Project 2: Video portrait using 9 shots
When you watch a TV news story, movie or other video closely you'll quickly realize that you are seeing things from a variety of angles and distances—different shots. In this project, students will use cameras and create a short video portrait consisting of a least nine different camera shots. The emphasis is on experimentation and technical proficiency.
Project 3: HTML translate
Students will be given a page of text (a Word or PDF document) that they will have to "translate" into HTML, using the proper tags for the various parts of the document (headings, paragraphs, quotes, etc.).
Project 4: Civil rights leader Web site
Working in groups of 2 or 3, students will choose from a provided list of minority groups that have fought for civil rights in the e U.S. and other countries. Students will then research that group—in particular the leaders of their movement for equality. This information will serve as the basis for a collaborative Web site, built using best practices.
|Edit to audio||10%|
|9 shot video portrait||25%|
|Civil rights leader Web site||25%|
|Attendance & class participation||10%|
|Video/FC exam (midterm)||10%|