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GRC 301 - Graphic Communication Management Essentials


Revised: May, 2005
Credits: 1
Instructor: Ed Nickel, click here for my home page
Office: HTC 133, click when for office hours.
Phone: 753-2241 (office with voice mail)
E-mail: nickel@gbcnv.edu
Class Web Page: http://cot.gbcnv.edu/~ed/class/grc301.html
Textbooks: There is no textbook for this class, handouts will be provided in class.

Course Description: This course is designed for non-graphics majors and covers essential concepts in graphic communications required for a manager of digital technology systems. Students will start work on individual portfolios of their achievements during this degree program. (Prerequisite: a GBC AAS in COT with either CADD/GIS, Information Specialist, Network Specialist, Office Technology, or Web Specialist Emphasis; or equivalent degree from another community college)


SYLLABUS:

Welcome to GRC 301, Graphic Communication Management Essentials. This course provides essential information for digital information technology management students with a strong information technology background but who do not have much background in multimedia. A GBC AAS in COT with either CADD/GIS, Information Specialist, Network Specialist, Office Technology, or Web Specialist Emphasis; or equivalent degree from another college is the prerequisite for this class. Various media and the tools to produce them will be introduced in each lesson with some time allotted for the evaluation of each. You will need additional time each week outside of scheduled class time to complete readings and assignments. Some of the computers available in the GBC High Tech Center have the software used in class for your use outside of class. If you have the necessary hardware and software, doing your assignments at home is acceptable.

I can be reached at the phone number listed above or you can make an appointment to see me during office hours or at other times. Office hours are posted on my office door and on the class website. The schedule of readings, assignments, homework, and tests is found below. Additional assignments may given verbally or as handouts in class. Office hours are posted on my office door and on my website. Additional assignments may given verbally or as handouts in class.


MAJOR OBJECTIVES OF THIS CLASS

The primary objective of this class is to provide students who already have a strong information technology background with a working knowledge of multimedia terminology, concepts, and principles. Students who successfully complete this class should be conversant in multimedia formats, techniques and content. The more important topics to be covered in this class include:

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The successful student in this class will be able to:

  1. comprehend and interpret discussions and readings of multimedia project management issues;
  2. explain key multimedia principles and techniques;
  3. evaluate the validity and comprehensiveness of a multimedia proposal;
  4. research and write a multimedia proposal.
Student Outcome Assessment
Assessment Method Learner Outcomes
Class Discussion 1, 2, 3, 4
Hands-on Exercises 1, 2, 3, 4
Term Paper or Mini Project 1, 2, 3, 4

This is a pass/fail class a P=70-100%, F=69% or less or W=Official Withdrawal by the official withdrawal date. Your grade will be based 30% on class participation and discussion, 30% on the hands-on exercises, and 40% on your term paper or mini project. Any excused absences must be agreed to by the instructor in advance unless there are strong extenuating circumstances. One (1) unexcused absence will result in an Failing grade. The code of conduct stated in The Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Members of the University Community will be enforced.




COURSE SCHEDULE

You should have read and be prepared to discuss these topics by the beginning of each class. We will have significant hands on experiences during most lessons.

Topics & readings by lesson:
Lesson 1: Digital audio and sound reproduction
Lesson 2: Graphic design
Lesson 3: Typography
Lesson 4: Graphic applications and their differences
Lesson 5: Digital video files and applications
Lesson 6: The Term Paper or Mini Project


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