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Syllabus – COSC 3323 – Fundamentals of Digital Media – Spring 2015

Lamar University
College of Arts and Sciences
Computer Science
COSC 3323 – Fundamentals of Digital Media
Spring 2015


Johnny Jarrell

Phone: (409) 880-1836

E-mail: Use the Blackboard Mail tool

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

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

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-5 (by appointment), e-mail and chat at http://online.mylearningcommunity.us/ow/


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 – 2nd Edition | Yue-LingWong | Prentice Hall | ISBN-13: 978-0132893503
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. https://mylearningcommunity.wordpress.com/my-courses/cosc-3301-digital-media/


  • 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.

8 Week Course

  • Unit 1 – Mar. 29
  • Unit 2 – Apr. 5
  • Unit 3 – Apr. 12
  • Unit 4 – Apr. 19
  • Unit 5 – Apr. 26
  • Unit 6 – May 3
  • Unit 7 – May 10
  • Unit 8 and Portfolio – May 17

15 Week Course

  • Unit 1 – Jan. 25
  • Unit 2 – Feb. 1
  • Unit 3 – Feb. 15
  • Unit 4 – Mar. 1
  • Unit 5 – Mar. 15
  • Unit 6 – Mar. 29
  • Unit 7 – Apr. 12
  • Unit 8- Apr. 26
  • Portfolio – May 10


  • 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 Blackboard 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.


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 4 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 to facilitate student access.
  • Phone support: (409) 880-2222.
  • Email support: blackboard@lamar.edu


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.

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


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


The Disability Resource Center(DRC) is the university-designated office that determines and facilitates reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To receive academic adjustments and/or accommodations, contact the SFSWD Director at 409-880-8347 or email DRC@lamar.edu to make an appointment to submit documentation of disability and to discuss disability-based academic adjustments/accommodations. Services are provided free of charge for qualified students who have provided proper documentation and completed the intake process. The DRC website is located at http://www.lamar.edu/disability-resource-center/.


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.


Distance education students and faculty have access to a dedicated distance education librarian.  Contact information and a full account of services can be found at http://vmlibweb.lamar.edu/distanceed/distedservice.htm


Information on Student services can be located at http://students.lamar.edu/student-services/index.html


Many types of emergencies can occur on campus; instructions for severe weather or violence/active shooter, fire, or chemical release can be found at: http://www.lamar.edu/about-lu/administration/risk-management/index.html. Following are procedures for the first two:

  1. Severe Weather:
    1. Follow the directions of the instructor or emergency personnel.
    2. Seek shelter in an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor, putting as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
    3. If you are in a multi-story building, and you cannot get to the lowest floor, pick a hallway in the center of the building.
    4. Stay in the center of the room, away from exterior walls, windows, and door.
  2. Violence/Active Shooter (CADD):
    1. CALL – 8-3-1-1 from a campus phone (880-8311 from a cell phone). Note: Calling 9-1-1 from either a campus phone or cell phone will contact Beaumont City Police Dispatch rather than University Police.
    2. AVOID- If possible, self-evacuate to a safe area outside the building. Follow directions of police officer.
    3. DENY- Barricade the door with desks, chairs, bookcases or any other items. Move to a place inside the room where you are not visible. Turn off the lights and remain quiet. Remain there until told by police it is safe.
    4. DEFEND- Use chairs, desks, cell phones or whatever is immediately available to distract and/or defend yourself and others from attack.

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