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GRC 383 - Advanced Multimedia Design: Video & Audio

Revised: January 9, 2006
Credits: 3
Instructor: Ed Nickel, click here for my home page
Office: HTC 133, click when for office hours.
Phone: 753-2241 (office with voice mail)
Class Web Page:
Textbooks: Click on Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 Studio Techniques: Studio Techniques ISBN 0-321-22052-8 (APP) and Sonar 4 Ignite!, by Brian Smithers ISBN 1-59200-506-3 (S4I) for the prices, click here for some discounters/used book dealers, or pay full price at the college bookstore.

Course description: Covers planning, design, and creation of multimedia projects which include video and audio elements. Student will build on processes learned in prior classes to learn scene creation, transitions, voice over, digital music recording, sound effects, and other techniques. This course culminates in planning, creating, and presenting a project making use of the techniques learned. (Prerequisite: GRC 119 or GRC 301)


Welcome to GRC 383, Advanced Multimedia Design. This course provides advanced level instruction concerning video and audio multimedia design with substantial hands on work. We will cover video from digital videocam photography to clip selection, scene transitions, editing, and final rendering using Adobe Premiere. Audio will be covered from both real-time recording and MIDI sequencing, through mixing and FX to final mix down. Both the audio and the video will be brought together in a final section involving the inclusion of voice overs, background sound tracks and other video enhancement with audio. Either GRC 119 or GRC 301 are required as prerequisite to GRC 383. You will need additional time each week outside of scheduled class time to complete assignments and to create your final project. 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.


The primary objective for this class is to provide students with a strong working knowledge of advanced video and audio multimedia concepts. Students who successfully complete this class should be capable of managing a multimedia project with multiple elements and seeing it through to a satisfactory conclusion. The more important topics to be covered in this class include:

In order to achieve the major objective of this class, which is learning to manage and complete a multimedia project, the most significant component of this class will require each student to complete a major project for exhibition at the end of the class.


The successful student in this class will be able to:

  1. comprehend and apply proper ethical and legal principles to the acquisition of content, e.g. copyright, subject clearances, etc.;
  2. appraise the effectiveness of various media under differing circumstances;
  3. evaluate the cost effectiveness and appropriateness of using prerecorded material in a project;
  4. evaluate the cost effectiveness and appropriateness of using original material in a project;
  5. design, manage, and complete a multimedia project in a timely manner;
  6. analyze various media techniques for specific applications;
  7. apply advanced video and audio techniques to effective completion of a multimedia project.
Student Outcome Assessment
Assessment Method Learner Outcomes
Class Discussion 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Hands On Exercises 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Final Project 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

This is a letter grade class an A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=59% or less or W=Official Withdrawal by the official withdrawal date. There is no curve in this grading scale. Your grade will be based 20% on class participation and discussion, 30% on your assignments, and 50% on the major project. All assignments are due by the beginning of the next class. Any excused absences must be agreed to by the instructor in advance unless there are strong extenuating circumstances. Three (3) unexcused absences 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.


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

Topics & readings by week:
Week 1: Ethics, multimedia project management, time, & essential AV concepts Handouts: routing & storyboarding
Week 2: Audio hardware & software Part 1 S4I
Week 3: Importing, editing & using audio loops Part 2 S4I & start major project
Week 4: Recording & editing original audio files Part 3 S4I
Week 5: Creating & editing MIDI files Part 4 S4I
Week 6: FX & mixing with both audio & MIDI files Part 5 S4I & 1st project review
Week 7: Video hardware, capture & software controls Chapters 1-4 APP
Week 8: Editing, transitions, & effects Chapters 5-7 APP
Week 9: Basic titles, graphics, & stills Chapters 9-11 APP
Week 10: Putting the video and audio together Chapters 8, 14-18 APP
Week 11: Advanced editing Chapters 19-22 APP
Week 12: Advanced effects Chapters 23-27 & 2nd project review
Week 13: The final output: CD, DVD, tape, etc. Handouts
Week 14: Complete major project
Week 15: Complete major project  
Week 16: Major project exhibition  Final project review

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