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SYLLABUS

--

EXAMPLE






last updated 6/2011


COURSE INFORMATION

TITLE:

Microcomputer Graphics: Photoshop

COURSE
ID:

CIOS 255

CREDITS:

3

PREREQUISITES:

CIOS 150 or equivalent
computer literacy including saving/retrieving files, use
of office applications, Internet and email.


INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

NAME:

Jennifer Moss

OFFICE HOURS:

By appointment on Skype
-

jennifermoss.ak (email in advance). Or 907
-
479
-
4704 (leave a message if
I’m out

and I'll
return your call
)
.
Email.

TELEPHONE:

907
-
479
-
4704

EMAIL:

jlmoss+cios255@alaska.edu


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is a comprehensive
survey of microcomputer

graphics using Adobe Photoshop
, the leading
imaging software application. Adobe Photoshop delivers power, precision and control for digital imaging
excellence. This course will enable you to produce sophisticated graphics for a
variety of uses, including
personal photo editing, sharing and archiving; the preparation of print and Web graphics, and the creation
of artistic montages from images and other digital elements.


COURSE GOALS

AND STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES




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Upon completion of this
course the

student will understand and appreciate the following digital
graphic issues:



file formats



image resolution



color modes


The student will be able to perform the following tasks:



color correct a photo



crop a photo



isolate
a single object within a photo



add text and other graphic elements to a photo



resize a photo and save it in an appropriate format for its intended purpose



combine elements from multiple photos into a pleasing graphic design


The student will have a worki
ng knowledge of Photoshop, and will be able to successfully use
Photoshop’s tools, options, adjustment controls and other capabilities to transform images and/or
create original artwork. The student will learn about and experience the many things Photoshop

can do. By becoming familiar with Photoshop’s menus, panels and options, and what the various
functions are called, and by referring to the Help Menu for reminders as needed, the student will
be ready to make use of Photoshop’s many capabilities, during a
nd after completion of the
course.


COURSE MATERIALS

Required

Software:

Adobe Photoshop CS5

Textbook:

Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book
, Adobe Press, 2010.


INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS




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This course is delivered entirely online.


E
-
mail

will be an extremely important form of communication for us. When I see your name on the class
enrollment list in Blackboard, I will send you an e
-
mail at the e
-
mail address provided in Blackboard. It is
very important that, for the duration of the class,

you check for and receive all e
-
mail sent to your e
-
mail
address provided in Blackboard.


I will only be using your official e
-
mail address for this class. If you have a preferred e
-

mail address other
than your official UA e
-
mail, it is your
responsibility to put a forward on it. To find out how to do this, refer to
the instructions under the UAF Helpdesk section below.



The Class Blog

Instructions on getting started with the class blog are located in the ‘Getting Started’ folder inside the
Assignment section of Blackboard.


The Class Blog will play a pivotal role this semester. It will be used for the following purposes: student
questions, discussions, posting photoshopped images, and critiquing each other’s work. Therefore, it is
important
that students familiarize themselves with joining and using the blog as soon as possible. Useful
instructions are available in the links above.


The Class Blog is not a part of Blackboard. It will be hosted on a public server, and will be visible to the
wo
rld at large, but only class members will be able to post to it.


Blackboard

The class will use Blackboard for Announcements, this Syllabus, the Assignments, and the Grade Center.


Each lesson will present a challenge, an example, and material (usually in
step
-
by
-
step exercise format) to
guide students in their study of the topic. After completing each assignment’s readings and exercises,
students will submit their projects to the instructor and/or the Class Blog. They will keep a record of how
they use Pho
toshop’s tools to prepare each assignment so that they may share their experiences with
classmates.


This interaction will allow all class participants to share what they’ve learned and created, and to benefit
from their classmates’ talents and discoverie
s.


COURSE
ASSIGNMENT AND
SCHEDULE OVERVIEW




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Lessons will be completed each week with assignments due by midnight each
Sunday
.
Whenever
possible, grades will be posted by the following Saturday by noon.


Download Course Schedule and Checklist

in the Getting Started in this Course Folder.


Each assignment provides specific instructions and, where applicable, digital elements, for use in the
assignment. For the course assignments, or if extra time is available,
students are encouraged to work on

their own images
. You may learn more and take more risks with an image that has personal value. As long
as the skills featured in the assignment are utilized, and the goals of the assignment are met, students may
adapt or substitute digital elements that
feature their own interests and/or projects. For guidance, consult
your instructor.


Students are strongly encouraged to experiment with Photoshop and its many tools. This course offers the
perfect opportunity to try new ideas and techniques. Mistakes can
(and will!) happen in Photoshop ... but
some of the best discoveries may result from such mistakes! This is evidenced in the following statement
by a student in this course: “Don’t be afraid to experiment. For every ten mistakes, at least one really cool
t
hing will happen!”


COURSE POLICIES, LATE WORK, PARTICIPATION

Students are expected to meet weekly assignment deadlines. The course is designed this way in order to
provide each student with the most comprehensive introduction to the many features of
Photoshop.
Photoshop is a huge application and is best learned with steady use. Class interaction


the sharing of
strategies and discoveries


is extremely beneficial, and most effective when students progress through
the course at the same rate.


Unless
arrangements are made with the instructor prior to the due date, late assignments will be penalized
10%.


GRADING POLICIES

Grading Policy

A = 91
-
100

B = 81
-
90

C = 71
-
80

D = 61
-
70

F = 60 or below

No plus or minus grades are recorded for final grades
for this course.


Grade Calculation

Your course grade will be calculated based approximately on the following formula:



Weekly Assignments
-

50%



Participation/Class Blog
-

15%



Critiquing
-

15%



Quizzes
-

10%



Final Project
-

10%


Preparing Files for
Submission

To ensure that your work receives appropriate attention and credit, assignments must be submitted
according to specific guidelines.
See
Preparing Files for Submission

folder on the
Syllabus
and
Assignments
pages in Blackboard.





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RESPONSE TIME
AND CHECKING GRADES

Inquiries

from students will be acknowledged promptly



often within the same day.

Lessons

will be

graded

within one week after the due date.


Checking your grades and receiving feedback from your instructor:

To check your grades for

assignments and find comments from your instructor, click on the My Grades link
in the sidebar menu. All the assignments and their due dates are listed. To see details of your grades, click
on the green check mark or the underlined score in the grade colu
mn.


If the score is for a test or quiz, you will see a View Attempt page where you can click on the check mark or
your score to see results and feedback.


If the score is for an assignment, this will take you to a Review Submission History page where you
will see
a recap of what you submitted, your grade, and your instructor's comments and feedback.


PACING EXPECTATIONS

Assignments / Evaluation of Student Work and Progress

Students are expected to complete the weekly assignments by their due dates. If
circumstances arise that
cause you to need extra time on any assignment(s), e
-
mail your instructor (
jlmoss+cios255@alaska.edu

for
guidance. Extensions of due dates may be granted, but your instructor expects to be informed in advance if
you are not able to

submit your assignment on time. (Emergency situations will be dealt with as needed.)
Students are expected to maintain a working backup plan to be implemented in the event of a computer
malfunction or an interruption of their normal Internet service durin
g the course.


COMPUTER AND
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS




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Adobe Photoshop CS5
requires the following:

Windows



Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor



Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3; Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business,
Ultimate, or
Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (Service Pack 2 recommended); or Windows 7



1GB of RAM



1GB of available hard
-
disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation
(cannot install on removable flash storage devices)



1024x768 display
(1280x800 recommended) with qualified hardware
-
accelerated OpenGL graphics
card, 16
-
bit color, and 256MB of VRAM



Some GPU
-
accelerated features require graphics support for Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0



DVD
-
ROM drive



QuickTime 7.6.2 software required for
multimedia features

Mac OS



Multicore Intel processor



Mac OS X v10.5.8 or v10.6



1GB of RAM



2GB of available hard
-
disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation
(cannot install on a volume that uses a case
-
sensitive file syst
em or on removable flash storage
devices)



1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with qualified hardware
-
accelerated OpenGL graphics
card, 16
-
bit color, and 256MB of VRAM



Some GPU
-
accelerated features require graphics support for Shader Model 3.0 and Open
GL 2.0



DVD
-
ROM drive



QuickTime 7.6.2 software required for multimedia features


NO BASIS (NB), INCOMPLETES, AND INSTRUCTOR WITHDRAWAL (W)




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T
his course adheres to the Center for Distance Education Procedure regarding the granting

of NB
Grades
The NB grade
is for use only in situations in which the instructor has No Basis upon which to
assign a grade. In general, the NB grade will not be granted.


Your instructor follows the University of Alaska Fairbanks Incomplete Grade Policy:

“The letter “I” (Incomplete)

is a temporary grade used to indicate that the student has satisfactorily
completed (C or better) the majority of work in a course but for personal reasons beyond the student’s
control, such as sickness, he has not been able to complete the course during
the regular semester.
Negligence or indifference are not acceptable reasons for an “I” grade.”


Successful, Timely Completion of this Course Starting and establishing your progress through this
course early can help to encourage your successful completion
of the course.
Toward this end, this
course adheres to the following Center for Distance Education Procedures:

1.

The first contact assignment (
Introduction
) is due one week after the first day of instruction.
Failure to
submit this assignment within the firs
t two weeks of the course could result in withdrawal from the
course.

2.

The first content assignment (
Lesson 1
) is due one week after the first day of instruction.
Failure to
submit this assignment within the first two weeks of the course could result in wit
hdrawal from the
course.

3.

Failure to submit the first three content assignments (Assignments 1, 2 and 3) by the deadline for
faculty
-
initiated withdrawals (the ninth Friday after the first day of classes) could result
in
instructor

initiated
withdrawal from

the course

(W
)
.


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND PLAGIARISM

As described by UAF, scholastic dishonesty constitutes a violation of the university rules and regulations
and is punishable according to the procedures outlined by UAF. Scholastic dishonesty includes,
but is not
limited to, cheating on an exam, plagiarism, and collusion. Cheating includes providing answers to or taking
answers from another student. Plagiarism includes use of another author’s words or arguments without
attribution. Collusion includes una
uthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for
fulfillment of any course requirement. Scholastic dishonesty is punishable by removal from the course and
a grade of “F.” For more information go to Student Code of Conduct.
(
http://
www.uaf.edu/catalog/catalog_08
-

09/academics/regs3.html#Student_Conduct
)


STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

CDE S
tudent Services helps students with registration and course schedules, provides information about
lessons and student records, assists with the
examination process, and answers general questions. Our
Academic Advisor can help students communicate with instructors, locate helpful resources, and maximize
their distance learning experience.

Contact the CDE Student Services staff at 907
-

479
-
3444 or
toll free 1
-
800
-
277
-
8060 or contact staff directly


for directory listing see:
http://distance.uaf.edu/cde
-
staff/

.


TECHNICAL HELP RESOURCES




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UAF Help Desk

Click here (
http://www.alaska.edu/oit/
) to
see about current network outages and news.

Reach the Help Desk at:



e
-
mail at
helpdesk@alaska.edu




fax at (907)
-
450
-
8312



phone in the Fairbanks area is 450
-
8300 and outside of Fairbanks is 1
-
800
-
478
-
8226