DEPARTMENT OF TECHNOLOGY

SYLLABUS
TECHNOLOGY 4023

CATALOG LISTING:  TECH 4023 COMPUTER GENERATED PRESENTATIONS, 3 hours credit
A study of computer generated multimedia presentations using drawing and design theory to include color, perspective, 2D and 3D, and animation.  Lecture 3 hours.  Prerequisite: CIS 1013, CAD 1013, or ART 1113, or Departmental Permission.

EXPANDED COURSE DESCRIPTION:
With the development of affordable computer graphics packages, businesses of all sizes have become aware of the possible use of computer graphics in many daily work processes.  When depicted in graphic form, complex ideas and pages of notes or text can be shown on a single page in graphic form.  Truly, "a picture is worth a thousand words" applies to this course. 

Upon completion of the course students should:

  • have a foundational understanding of computer graphic software programs
  • understand basic computer graphic presentation media tools, techniques, and processes
  • have developed a visual design vocabulary and a computer graphics vocabulary
  • be able to apply the principles of design and composition to computer media presentations
  • be able to analyze and critique a presentation
  • be able to create presentations which illustrate and demonstrate solutions to basic concepts and ideas inherent to graphic design
  • understand the basic use of drawing software, and authoring software 

TEXT:  No text required.

SUGGESTED REFERENCES:  Any introductory art design and composition texts or periodicals.
Any introductory computer graphics texts or periodicals.
The faculty may also suggest specific resources during the class.

LABORATORY EQUIPMENT:  Approximately 22 multimedia computers will be available on a scheduled basis in the Department of Technology computer laboratory in Howell Hall room 201.    SOFTWARE: Multimedia ToolBook II Instructor, CorelDraw, and other software as appropriate

CREDIT:  Three hours upon successful completion of course.

ATTENDANCE POLICY:  All students are expected to attend class and to arrive on time.  Day to day response and participation in this class is essential to learning.  If you miss class it is your responsibility to find out what information was covered and what is expected before the next session.  This is an active participation class with cumulative learning.  Missing even a single class may result in poor performance for the semester.  Projects/assignments are due as listed in the schedule or they are worth zero(0) points.

PRESENTATIONS: Throughout the semester, you will be expected to share your experiences with the class in both formal and informal formats.  You may be called on at any time to show the class some of your work.  Some presentations will be scheduled with the possibility of both team and individual components.  Presentations will be a part of the grading criteria for the course.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  • keep a Resource Journal that contains class notes, assignments, handouts, and documentation of the process of developing projects
  • assemble a portfolio of your media presentations
  • complete all class projects and assignments
  • design a final presentation project which combines various computer graphic media software
  • bring your class materials to every class

PROJECT EXPLANATIONS:
Individual Project #1:
Each student will prepare a "Color Wheel" presentation which depicts their understanding of the concepts presented in class. An opening page with the student's name, and a conclusion page must be included in the presentation.  The audience for the project will be given when the project is assigned. 

Individual Project #2:
Each student will prepare an instructional book dealing with the "Elements of Design" and/or the "Principles of Composition".  The  presentation will be nonlinear and show initial understanding of the concepts covered  in class lectures.  The audience of the Book will be freshman level college students in a computer graphic design class.  These students should be able to work through the presentation without any input from the instructor.    The cursor must not blink in any text fields while in reader mode.  Hotwords must be used.

Individual Project #3:
Each student will prepare a nonlinear presentation for this project.  The purpose of the presentation is to allow each student to design logos that could be used for a specific business or career area.  The presentation must include many logo versions and show how the logos might look on letterhead, business cards, advertising and other communications.  In class presentations, the student must explain what elements of design were used in the design of the logos and in the design of the overall project.  The audience of this project is a small business owner or a Board of Directors of a company as approved by the instructor.

Individual Project #4:
Project #4 will be a "HOW TO" lesson.  Each student will have a different topic and will be required to develop a lesson for a specific audience and purpose.   This project is to serve as a review of all material covered up to this point in class. 

Individual Comprehensive Project:
Putting it all together!  This project will include virtually all elements learned throughout the semester.  The overall project will be reviewed to see that the student has used the software elements and the Elements of Design and Principles of Composition that provide for a professional presentation.  (This project should be considered as a comprehensive exam.)

STUDENT NOTEBOOK 
A NOTEBOOK WILL BE DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED UP-TO-DATE THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER.  THE NOTEBOOK MUST BE WELL ORGANIZED WITH AREAS CLEARLY MARKED AND EASY TO USE.  THE NOTEBOOK MUST FOLLOW THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN AND PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION TAUGHT IN THIS CLASS.  THIS IS A PROFESSIONAL PROJECT. 

Each student is required to develop a personal notebook which documents their learning throughout the semester.  Students must collect examples of advertisements, magazine covers, business cards, logos, etc. which show actual implementations of the elements of design and principles of composition that are covered throughout the semester.  Student's personal project notes, thumbnails, sketches, etc. must also be included.

SPECIAL BACKUP INFORMATION: 
We will be using a professional version software package that most students have never used before.  It is very common for students to get into a situation in this software and delete or corrupt a file accidentally, but none the less it is still gone.  You are responsible to keep a current backup of your files AT ALL TIMES during the semester.  You will be required to develop a written backup plan at the beginning of the semester, and then follow it.  If files are lost, points are lost.

STUDENT HONESTY AND INTEGRITY