CS350--Multimedia Development
--Spring 2007--
Period N (TTh, 10:50-12:05 PM)






The Textbook


Course Description


Course Objectives


Course Policies


Grading System


Course Schedule
        

Prof. Thomas A. Easton


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THE TEXTBOOK

Calleen Courough and Jim Shuman
Multimedia for the Web Revealed
Thomson Course Technology, 2006 (ISBN: 1-4188-3953-1)


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COURSE DESCRIPTION


This course is designed to acquaint students with the techniques for developing multimedia content for web pages. Topics include web page design, web authoring tools, graphics, sound editing, and video. The tools used will include readily available software for the Windows platform (e.g., Nvu, Flash, Movie Maker).

See "Course policies" below for details on testing and grading.


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COURSE OBJECTIVES


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand the terminology, functions and concepts of multimedia development.
  • Understand the techniques, operation and role of text, images, sound, animation, and video within multimedia.
  • Be able to create a dynamic multimedia presentation
  • Understand the role of multimedia within the Internet
  • Be familiar with the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of multimedia.


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COURSE POLICIES


Each student may be absent twice without penalty. Each additional two absences without a medical excuse (no others are acceptable) will cost the student three points on the course grade.

The grade will be based on one paper (10%) and six projects (15% each), as specified below.


Students who plagiarize projects will receive zeros for the work in question, with no makeup opportunities.

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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+ (67 - 69)     D (63 - 66)    D- (60 - 62)
F (below 60)



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COURSE SCHEDULE

CAUTION: COURSE SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT WARNING!


DATETOPICASSIGNMENT
  
T 1/9 IntroductionRead Chap.1, pp. 4-29
 
Th 1/11 Design Strategy Read Chap.2, pp. 31-45
 
T 1/16 Navigational StructureRead Chap. 2, pp. 46-67
 
Th 1/18 Thomas College: Strategy and NavigationExplore the TC web site and prepare a paper describing the design strategy and navigational structure.
 
T 1/23 Design Guidelines: AppearanceRead Chap. 3, pp. 69-83
 
Th 1/25 Design Guidelines: InteractivityRead Chap. 3, pp. 84-97
 
T 1/30 Thomas College Design We will discuss how the chapter applies to the TC site.
 
Th 2/1 HTML, XHTML, and Conversion Programs Read Chap. 4, pp. 99-111
 
T 2/6 Web Authoring Programs Read Chap. 4, pp. 112-129
 
Th 2/8 Creating a Web Page in XHTML Do Chap. 4, Lesson 1, pp. 130-138
 
T 2/13 Multimedia Element--Text Read Chap. 5, pp. 155-171
 
Th 2/15 Cascading Style Sheets Read Chap. 5, pp. 172-185
 
2/19-2/23 WINTER BREAK
 
T 2/27 Creating Style Sheets Do Chap.5, Lesson 1, pp. 187-199
We don't have Dreamweaver, but you can use Nvu to do the work. (It's free!)
Download Nvu here.
For documentation, go here or here.
For style sheet-specific help, click here.
 
Th 3/1 Multimedia Element--GraphicsRead Chap. 6, pp. 203-221
 
T 3/6 Graphics SoftwareRead Chap. 6, pp. 222-245
 
Th 3/8 Design ProjectUse Paint.Net to do the logo and manipulate the photo. Then use Nvu to do the web page.
 
T 3/13 Multimedia Element--AnimationRead Chap. 7, pp. 281-291
 
Th 3/15 Animation Constructing animated GIF files with UnFREEz; you may download your own copy of UnFREEz here. (It's free!)
 
T 3/20 3D Animation and software Read Chap. 7, pp. 292-309
 
Th 3/22 Flash Do Design Project, Lessons 1-5
 
3/26-3/30 SPRING BREAK
 
T 4/3 Flash Do Project Builder 2, with "Two Steps Beyond"
 
Th 4/5 Multimedia Element--Sound Read Chap. 8, pp. 343-361
 
T 4/10 Software Read Chap. 8, pp. 362-375
 
Th 4/12 Flash and Sound Do Design Project, Lessons 1-4;
if you want sound-editing software for your own use but don't care to pay for Flash, download Audacity. (It's free!)
 
T 4/17 Multimedia Element--Video Read Chap. 9, pp. 395-411
 
Th 4/19 Video Read Chap. 9, pp. 412-427
 
T 4/24 VideoDo Design Project, Lessons 1-4; the text comes with a video file, but you should feel free to use a different one, perhaps recorded with a digital camera or camcorder on campus (the river?).
 
Th 4/26 Video ProjectContinued
 
M 4/30 FINAL EXAMS BEGIN
 
EXAM DAY Finish and demonstrate projects as necessary.
 




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Syllabus last modified December 5, 2006.
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