INSTRUCTOR: Patrick Harwood, SCSU Communication Program
OFFICE: 2nd Floor Turner A Room 258
PHONE: (803) 536-8839 (office); (843) 224-3112 (cell- texting me is fine)
COURSE Material: http://harwoodscsuclasses.blogspot.com/
OFFICE HOURS: Available one hour before and after class, and other times upon request
Course Summary and Objectives
The goal of this course is to give students a comprehensive and hands-on approach to video and image creation, editing, correction and manipulation (in positive, ethical ways), news layout and design, and Web-based design software. Students will also learn the aesthetics and techniques of content creation, layout, web design, and image manipulation. The course will focus on the production technologies and software most commonly used by video, newspaper, magazine and web professionals.
Among the software and programs we will work with will include: Blogger, PhotoShop, Adobe inDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver, iMovie, Final Cut Pro (express), and Windows Movie Maker.
This course can be an important step in a student's advancement towards being a mass media and communication professional. Aptitude and success in this course may very well determine your future in the communication and mass media fields.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of audio, video, still images and information
2. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity
3. Think critically, creatively and independently
4. Demonstrate professional proficiency and creativity
5. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve
6. Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity and appropriate style and grammatical correctness
Method of Instruction
I use the teacher computer and overhead system to show PowerPoint presentations, articles, videos and other material. We will use the computers in the lab quite a bit also for hands-on exposure and exercises.
I hope the class will have a lot of interaction. Please always feel free to bring up issues, questions, and things in the news and elsewhere that we can discuss.
Grading Criteria: Your work will be given letter grades based on accuracy, enterprise and newsgathering skills shown, writing, scripting, production quality, delivery, meeting deadlines, and overall quality. A check/check plus/check minus system is used for class-to-class homework and in-class work. No work is accepted by email.
Exams: There will be a midterm exam and a final exam.
Deadlines: A crucial part of the media business is being able to work quickly, efficiently and accurately in order to meet deadlines. Letter grade assignments turned in late cost one letter grade for each class session late. Regular homework assignments turned in late will receive an automatic check minus and won’t be accepted after one class period late.
Attendance Policy: Roll will be taken at the start of each class, via a sign in sheet. Make sure you sign this before, at the start of, or after class. To receive an excused absence you must give me a written note with the reason for your absence, and the date of your absence.
Final Grade Determination:
Midterm and Final Exams 40 percent
Letter Grade Assignments 40 percent
Letter Grade Assignments 40 percent
Homework and in-class assignments 20 percent
Test Grading Scale and Plus/Minus Grading System:
A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 83-86; B- 80-82; C+ 77-79; C 73-76; C- 70-72; D+ 65-69; D 60-64; F 59 and under
A = 4.00
B = 3.00
C = 2.00
D = 1.00
A- = 3.67
B- = 2.67
C- = 1.67
F = 0.00
B+ = 3.33
C+ = 2.33
D+ = 1.33
WEEKLY CLASS SCHEDULE
October 13 (Week 9)
October 20 (Week 10)
October 27 (Week 11)
November 3 (Week 12)
November 10 (Week 13)
November 17 (Week 14)
November 24 (Week 15)
December 1 (Week 16)
FINAL EXAMS: Our exam time is Wednesday, Dec. 3 at noon- come to class with your James Brown music video completed and posted on your blog. Follow all guidelines in the handout and posted on this website on Nov. 17
BEFORE MIDTERM SCHEDULE:
September 8 (Week 4)
September 15 (Week 5)
September 22 (Week 6)
September 29 (Week 7)
October 6 (Week 8)