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ITM 460: Fundamentals of Multimedia: Fall 2005
Welcome to ITM 460. This course is an introduction to computer-based multimediaincluding
desktop publishing, hypermedia, presentation media, graphics, animation, sound,
video, and integrated authoring techniques, with some discussion and examination
of the underlying technologies that make them possible. It is a survey course
that touches on a very broad range of topics to serve as an intoduction to each
topic, and it emphasizes hands-on experience for students to familiarize them
with the range of tools used in creating computer-based multimedia.
Prerequisites: Ability to use a graphical operating system.
Credit: 3 credit hours.
Lecture Day, Time & Places: Thursdays, 9:00-11:40am
Main Campus 3424 South State Street, Room IGT 4001
Rice Campus room 146
About ITM 460
This survey course will get you "up to speed" on the latest multimedia concepts,
terms, and software types. While designed to give an overview of today's
multimedia world and production methods, you will gain enough practical knowledge
to begin creating productions for desktop and Internet use. At the end of
the course, you will:
Understand current trends in multimedia by experiencing a variety of applications
and development packages.
Understand the preproduction process including content acquisition and
development, process flow, team management and integration, and legal issues
Demonstrate technical knowledge and limited proficiency in designing production
elements in each of the multimedia disciplines.
Create a multimedia project for the desktop or Internet.
We will concentrate on concept vs. implementation with each element. The
lab assignments may center around specialized software packages, but we're
most concerned with your mastery of the terms and technical issues. This
course is NOT about which buttons to push, etc. I encourage you to immerse
yourself in software packages on your own time. It is a hands-on course that
will give you actual experience in the various areas of multimedia studied.
Each week, I'll present new concepts in lecture format, and give you time
to solidify your knowledge on the computer. An assignment is due nearly every
week. Most of these will involve short hands-on concepts presented the week
before. Don't get behind! It's the quickest way to drop your grade.
Attendance will be taken at approximately 5 minutes past starting
time. If you are late, you lose 1/2 credit for attendance. Late assignments
also receive 1/2 credit. I will accept papers and assignments missed due
to absence the following week for full credit. If you know you will be absent
please advise me in advance, preferably by email.
Lecture notes in the form of a printed version of the PowerPoint
presentation accompanying each lecture will be provided for each student.
Additionally, they will be available online in PowerPoint format through
the course Web site and on the Blackboard site. This should be useful if you must miss a class.
About the Faculty
Instructor: Ray Trygstad
Office: Rice Campus: Room 227
Main Campus: 3424 South State Street, Room 4C8-2
Office hours: Rice Campus: Tuesday 3:00-5:00pm
Main Campus: Thursday 1:00-3:00pm
Online via Blackboard: Tuesday 9:30-10:30pm and Thursdays 1:00-3:00pm; other times by appointment
Office Telephone: (630) 682-6032
Home Telephone: (630) 778-7443
Facsimile: (630) 682-6010
Electronic Mail: email@example.com
|Bio:Ray Trygstad is the Assistant Director for Information Technology of the Daniel
F. and Ada L. Rice Campus of Illinois Institute of Technology in Wheaton, Illinois.
He is also the Director of Information Technology for IIT's Center for Professional
Development. He instructs Information Technology and Management and has instructed Computer Science and Business,
and serves as
curriculum coordinator for the IIT's Information Technology
& Management (ITM) degrees, and as the Undergraduate Advisor for the ITM program. He has taught in e-Commerce programs offered by the University of Chicago as well as IIT's Building Businesses on the Web, an executive education program. He is a member of the Association of Internet Professionals, where he sits on the Certification Accreditation Council which accredits Internet training and education programs, and is a member of the Council of the World Wide Web Virtual Library. He is also a Subject Matter Expert for the Computer Industry Trade Association's i-Net+ examination. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the University of Denver, Ray is also the owner of Webmaster Sources LLC, a Web startup providing market-specific online resources for Web developers and curricular materials for higher education. Resume
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Teaching Assistant: Sunil Mathuria
Electronic Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ITM 460 Fundamentals of Multimedia Syllabus
Schedule of Topics
This schedule is subject to change and revision; the latest version will always
be on this page. Class notes require Internet Explorer 4.0 or greater to view;
some are also in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.
- Week 1 (August 25)
- Introduction to Multimedia
Reading: Vaughan Chapter 1
Assignment 1: Introduction to Multimedia: "What is Multimedia?" - a 1-2 page paper with a visual aid. Present to class on week 2. No more than 1/3 of the paper may be quotes and all quotes must be footnoted. The paper must also contain a brief bibliography citing all sources used in the paper. The visual aid cannot be a computer or be on a computer. Internet students not presenting in person must complete a 2 to 3 page paper (sorry 'bout that).
- Week 2 (September 1)
- Design Concepts
Reading: Williams Chapters 1-7
Assignment 2: Create a 7-10 slide presentation in your favorite presentation graphics application. (Powerpoint is suggested; OpenOffice.org Impress is free and acceptable.) I may present some examples to class.
- Week 3 (September 8)
Reading: Vaughan Chapter 4; Williams Chapters 8-10
Reading: Vaughan Chapter 6
Assignment 3: Create 1 vector and 1 bitmap graphic; they must be your original work created in any of the acceptable tools.
- Week 4 (September 15)
Reading: Vaughan Chapter 2
Reading: Desktop Publishing Handout (online)
Assignment 4: Create a 2-page desktop-published "newsletter," possibly using your "What is Multimedia?" text. Include graphics. Submit a PDF copy.
- Week 5 (September 22)
- Production Planning and Design
Reading: Vaughan Chapter 15; online
Assignment 5: Create a proposal for your final project. Include summary, flowchart, element and resource lists. Submit a PDF copy.
- Week 6 (September 29)
- User Interface Design
- Assignment 6: Create a user interface for your final project. Include 2 backgrounds and 1 button set. Aim for a cohesive look.
Hardware & Software
Reading: Vaughan Chapter 9 and 10
- Week 7 (October 6)
- Hypermedia Authoring Concepts
Reading: Vaughan Chapter 11
Presentation Graphics Design
- Week 8 (October 13)
- No Class - Fall Break
- Week 9 (October 20)
- Multimedia Sound
Reading: Vaughan chapter 5
Assignment 7: Create 2 soundtracks and 2 EFX sounds for your final project
- Week 10 (October 27)
- Video Production
Reading: Vaughan Chapter 8 pages 176-186 and 195-199; online
Assignment 8: Prepare storyboard and shoot a short video production. Submit the storyboards (can be
on paper) and the video either on tape, CD-R or DVD-R. Tape must be VHS or 8mm (not Hi-8 or
digital); CD/DVD must be AVI or MPEG 1.
- Week 11 (November 3)
- Digital Video
Reading: Vaughan Chapter 8 pages pages 187-192; online
Assignment 9: Use video capture to digitize your video shoot or another video source to create a short production (15-45 seconds); there will be an alternative assignment for Internet students (TBD).
Reading: Vaughan Chapter 7
- Week 12 (November 10)
- Authoring Part 2: HTML & Web-Based Multimedia
Reading: Vaughan Chapter 12 & 13
- Designing Web-based Multimedia
Reading: Vaughan Chapter 14
Assignment 10: Create three basic Web pages using Nvu, Dreamweaver or other authoring tool, or
write bare HTML if you are able; pages must be linked and must include at least one graphic per page.
- Week 13 (November 17)
- Producing Multimedia
Reading: Vaughan chapter 16
- Content & Legal Considerations for Multimedia
Reading: Vaughan chapter 17
- Week 14 (November 24)
- No Class - Thanksgiving Holiday
- Week 15 (December 1)
- Multimedia Distribution
Reading: Vaughan chapter 18
- Week 16 (December 8)
- Final Project Presentations
- Finals Week (December 15)
- Final Exam
Assignments are due at the end of class one week following the assignment. Late assignments will receive 1/2 credit. Papers and assignments missed due to absence will be accepted the following week for full credit. Assignments should be submitted electronically via Blackboard. Papers may be submitted electronically as OpenOffice.org/StarOffice, AbiWord, Word, WordPad, WordPro, or WordPerfect files. Some assignments must be submitted as a PDF file but free PDF creation software will be made available. Detailed information will be provided for each assignment at the end of each week's lecture and will be included in the lecture notes and on Blackboard. Media files should be submitted in acceptable formats as specified in the assignment. If an assignment cannot be completed due to technical limitations or lack of equipment availability, a suitable alternative will be assigned. If you are conscientious about attendance, pay attention in class, and turn in your assignments on time, you will receive a good grade for the class.
|| Introduction to Multimedia: "What is Multimedia?" 1-2 pg. paper
with visual aid. Present to class on week 2. No more than 1/3 of the paper
may be quotes and all quotes must be footnoted. The paper must also contain
a brief bibliography citing all sources used in the paper
Preproduction & Presentation Graphics: Create a 7-10 slide presentation in your favorite presentation graphics application. (Powerpoint is suggested; OpenOffice.org Impress is free and is acceptable.) Submit on disk, via email or via Blackboard; I will present some examples to class
||Typefaces and Graphics: Create 1 vector and 1 bitmap graphic; they must be your original work created in any of the acceptable tools.
||Desktop Publishing: Create a 2-page desktop-published "newsletter," possibly
using your "What is Multimedia?" text. Include graphics. Submit a PDF
||Production Planning and Design: Create a proposal for your
final project. Include summary, flowchart, element and resource lists. Submit
a PDF copy.
||User Interface Design & Graphics II: Create a user interface for your
final project. Include 2 backgrounds and 1 button set. Aim for a cohesive
||Multimedia Sound: Create 2 soundtracks and 2 EFX sounds for your final
||Video Production: Prepare storyboard and shoot a short video
production. Submit the storyboards (can be
on paper) and the video either on tape, CD-R or DVD-R. Tape must be VHS or 8mm (not Hi-8 or
digital); CD/DVD must be AVI or MPEG 1.
||Digital Video: Use video capture to digitize your video shoot ro another video source to create short production (15-45 seconds); there will be an alternative assignment for Internet students (TBD).
||Create three basic Web pages using Dreamweaver or other authoring package or write bare HTML if you are able; pages must be linked and must include at least one graphic per page.
Quizzes may be given at the instructor's discretion and may be used for verification that assigned reading has been completed. As they are discretionary, weight of quizzes in grading is also left to the instructor's discretion and will be included in the class participation grade.
Final Project: The final project will be a multimedia authoring project reflecting mastery of all knowledge and skills learned in the course. It should incorporate text, graphics, audio, motion and video or animation. It should demonstrate good design principles and an integrated navigation system with a clearly defined navigation scheme. Alternatively the project may be a multimedia project involving integration of both hardware and software elements. Projects may be done as a group but only with the specific approval of the instructor. Final Project presentations for online students residing in the Chicago area will be scheduled for an evening time slot which has yet to be determined.
The Final Exam will consist of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, and short essay questions to demonstrate mastery of the material covered; questions will be based on the learning objectives for each topic. The examination is closed-book/closed-notes. The examination will be administered via Blackboard.
Grading criteria for undergraduate and CEU students will be as follows:
Outstanding work reflecting substantial effort:
Excellent work reflecting good effort:
Adequate work meeting minimum requirements:
Substandard work not meeting reasonable expectations:
Grading criteria for graduate students will be as follows:
- Outstanding work reflecting substantial effort:
- Adequate work fully meeting that expected of a graduate student:
- Weak but marginally satisfactory work:
- Unsatisfactory work:
Weekly assignments are worth five points each and are graded on the following
: outstanding work reflecting substantial effort, 5 points
Adequate work fully meeting expectations, 5 points
: Weak but still marginally satisfactory work, 5 points unless noted
Assignments failing to meet criteria for that assignment will be returned for resubmission with a loss of one point; assignments returned for resubmission must be resubmitted within one week of the date of return.
Plagarism will result in an automatic
grade of 0 for the assignment and a possible grade of "E" in the course.
|Final Course Grade Calculation:
Non-Designer's Design Book by
Peachpit Press, 2004; ISBN: 0321193857
This book is aimed at all the people who now need to design pages, but who have no
background or formal training in design.
Multimedia: Making It Work by
Tay Vaughan ;
McGraw Hill, 2004; ISBN:
Master the building blocks of Web and CD-ROM multimedia. Take advantage of the latest Web, hardware, and software technologies, and produce powerful multimedia.
Web Wizard's Guide to Multimedia on the Web by
Addison-Wesley, 2001; ISBN: 0201745615
This book introduces readers to the multimedia possibilities of the Web, then teaches
them how to incorporate each from of media into their Web pages. From adding sound to
integrating animation, this book will help readers how to create well-designed,
user-friendly Web sites.
Readings for the class will be assigned from the required textbooks as well as in the form of
handouts; handouts will be handed out at least one week prior to the date the reading is
to be completed. All readings should be done before coming to class on the assigned date.
There will also be additional text material on the Web; links to online material is
included on the course Web site.
Multimedia Concepts: Enhanced Edition by
Jim Shuman ;
Thomson Course Technology , 2003; ISBN: 061911052X
Learn the basics of Multimedia from understanding Multimedia elements to management and distribution on Multimedia titles.
We will demonstrate a variety of applications common to today's multimedia producer. Some
packages are shareware; others will be the same packages found in a successful multimedia
studio. A multimedia authoring package is included in the textbook but if you do not desire
to use this one I strongly suggest you
obtain an authoring package in the first few weeks, especially if you have access to a
computer off-campus. I'll give you list of titles and prices, as well as a disc of Windows freeware, shareware and demonstration multimedia tools. OBTAINING AN AUTHORING PACKAGE IS NOT REQUIRED, but you'll get more out of the course if you do...
Some of these titles can be downloaded from the net; you can find them online on our
Software page at http://multimedia.rice.iit.edu/software.html.
If you would like to write "Browser-based" multimedia, we
have Macromedia Dreamweaver installed in many labs.