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Digital Media Syllabus – Spring 2012

Lamar University
College of Arts and Science
Computer Science
COSC 3301 – Fundamentals of Digital Media
Spring 2012


Johnny Jarrell

Phone: (409) 880-1836

E-mail: Use the Blackboard Mail tool (Epic Mail tool for Academic Partnership students) for communication

Alternate E-mail: johnny.jarrell@lamar.edu

Office Location: John Gray Center, Building B, Room 120

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-5 (by appointment) and e-mail


3 Hours




This is a course for students from all disciplines interested in learning the foundational concepts and basic techniques in digital media production. Topic areas: capturing and editing digital images, capturing and editing digital audio, capturing and editing digital video and interactive multimedia. The course will consist of project based assignments, quizzes and a portfolio project to showcase student work.


The learner will:

  • Identify terms used in digital imaging, audio, video and multimedia
  • Discuss software used in digital imaging, audio, video and multimedia
  • Research software used in digital imaging, audio, video and multimedia
  • Explore software used in digital imaging, audio, video and multimedia
  • Use Web 2.0 tools
  • Create a pod cast using Audacity
  • Modify images using GIMP
  • Create tutorials using Jing and a word processor
  • Construct a portfolio

Required Text:

Digital Media Primer | Yue-LingWong | Prentice Hall | ISBN-10: 0-13-223944-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-223944-8
This book is available on Amazon.com also.


  • Online lecture notes
  • Online discussions
  • Project based activities
  • Online videos
  • Web based collaboration


  • Assignments (Projects): 35%
  • Discussions: 15%
  • Exploration projects: 20%
  • Portfolio project: 10%
  • Quizzes: 20%


  • A (90-100)
  • B (80-89)
  • C (70-79)
  • D (60-69)
  • F (0-59)


Content for the course (project files, PowerPoint files, videos, etc…) are located in the Content area. Content is also available at the instructor website.


  • No late assignments will be accepted.
  • Assignments will be turned in using Blackboard.


Only students who have an excused absence for missing a quiz will be allowed to take a makeup. You must make arrangements for the makeup quiz with your instructor within ONE week following your return to class. If the instructor has not been contacted within TWO WEEKS following your return to class to arrange for a makeup, a grade of ZERO will be assigned for the missed quiz.

There will be 8 chapter quizzes. Each consist of 16 multiple choice questions from the associated chapter. You will have 20 minutes to complete the quiz.


All part components (discussions, assignments, quizzes) are due on the same date at 11:59 PM Central US Time.

For full semester course offered on Blackboard

  • Part 1 – January 29
  • Part 2 – February 12
  • Part 3 – February 26
  • Part 4 – March 11
  • Part 5 – March 25
  • Part 6 – April 8
  • Part 7 – April 22
  • Part 8 – May 6
  • Portfolio – May 14

For short semester course offered on Epic

  • Part 1 – March 25
  • Part 2 – April 1
  • Part 3 – April 8
  • Part 4 – April 15
  • Part 5 – April 22
  • Part 6 – April 29
  • Part 7 – May 6
  • Part 8 and Portfolio – May 13


  • Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life when writing emails or posting on the discussion board.
  • Use the discussion board to ask class or assignment questions.
  • I will respond to emails and discussion postings within 48 hours.


I will grade projects within 1 week after the due date.


It is essential that you login to Blackboard (or Epic) often to participate in discussions and learning activities.


Students who take this course will need to be responsible to have the following hardware and software:

  • A portable flash drive to make a backup of your projects
  • Web cam
  • Microphone (if not included in web cam)
  • High Speed (Broadband) Internet access
  • Computer with at least 1 Gigabyte memory
  • Word processor software (Compatible with Microsoft Word)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (http://www.adobe.com)
  • Audacity (link located on home page)
  • GIMP (link located on home page)
  • Jing (link located on home page)


  • This course is being offered on-line via Blackboard (or Epic) to facilitate student access.
  • There is 24 hour access for help through voice mail at the following Distance Education number (409) 880-2222. Please use these resources to assist you with any technical problems that may develop.


The university expects all students to engage in all academic pursuits in a manner that is above reproach.
“Cheating” includes:

  1. Copying from another student’s paper, report, computer files, data listings, and/or programs.
  2. Using (during an exam), materials not authorized by the faculty giving the exam.
  3. Collaborating, without authorization, with another person during an examination or in preparing academic work.
  4. Knowingly, and without authorization, using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, soliciting, copying, or possessing in whole or part, the contents of an unadministered test.
  5. Substituting for another student; permitting any other person; or otherwise assisting any other person to substitute for oneself or for another student in the taking of an examination or the preparation of academic work to be submitted for academic credit.
  6. Bribing another person to obtain an unadministered exam or information about an unadministered exam.
  7. Purchasing, or otherwise acquiring and submitting as one’s own work any research paper or other writing assignment prepared by an individual or firm. This section does not apply to the typing of the rough and/or final versions of an assignment by a professional typist.

Plagiarism: The appropriation of another’s work or idea and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work or idea into one’s own work offered for credit.
Collusion: The unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing work offered for credit.

A grade of 0 will be assigned for the assessment for the first violation and a grade of F will be assigned to the course for the second violation.


It is the student’s responsibility to make sure you are officially enrolled in this course. If at any point, you decide to drop the class, it is your responsibility to officially drop. Any student who stops attending class and does not officially drop the course will be given an “F” as the semester grade.


Please view the Lamar University web page for dates for drops and withdrawals.


If you have a need for a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SFSWD), Room 101A, in the Wimberly Building on the Lamar campus.


It is the policy of Lamar University to accommodate students with disabilities pursuant to federal and state law, and the University’s commitment to equal educational opportunities. Any student with a disability who needs accommodation, should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course


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