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ITM 460: Fundamentals of Multimedia: Fall 2005
Welcome to ITM 460. This course is an introduction to computer-based multimedia—including 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 surrounding multimedia.
  • 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: trygstad@iit.edu

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 / Full Bio / Web Sites.

Teaching Assistant: Sunil Mathuria
Electronic Mail: mathsun@iit.edu

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
Presentation Graphics
   Reading:
Online
   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)
Typefaces
   Reading:
Vaughan Chapter 4; Williams Chapters 8-10
Graphics
   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)
Preproduction
   Reading:
Vaughan Chapter 2
Desktop Publishing
   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
   Reading:
Online
   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
   Reading:
Online
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
File Compression
    Reading:
Handouts
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).
Animation
    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
Networking Multimedia
Week 16 (December 8)
Final Project Presentations
Finals Week (December 15)
Final Exam

Assignments
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.

Lab Assignments
Week Assignment
Due Dates
Week 1:  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
9/1
Week 2:

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

9/8
Week 3: Typefaces and Graphics: Create 1 vector and 1 bitmap graphic; they must be your original work created in any of the acceptable tools.
9/15
Week 4: Desktop Publishing: Create a 2-page desktop-published "newsletter," possibly using your "What is Multimedia?" text. Include graphics. Submit a PDF copy.
9/22
Week 5: Production Planning and Design: Create  a proposal for your final project. Include summary, flowchart, element and resource lists. Submit a PDF copy.
9/29
Week 6: User Interface Design & Graphics II: Create a user interface for your final project. Include 2 backgrounds and 1 button set. Aim for a cohesive look.
10/6
Week 7: None

 

Week 9: Multimedia Sound: Create 2 soundtracks and 2 EFX sounds for your final project.
10/27
Week 10: 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.
11/3
Week 11: 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).
11/17
Week 13: 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.
12/1

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
Grading criteria for undergraduate and CEU students will be as follows:

  • Outstanding work reflecting substantial effort:
    90-100.0%: A
  • Excellent work reflecting good effort:
    80-89.99%: B
  • Adequate work meeting minimum requirements:
    70-79.99%: C
  • Substandard work not meeting reasonable expectations:
    60-69.99%: D
  • Unsatisfactory work:
    00-59.99%: E

Grading criteria for graduate students will be as follows:

  • Outstanding work reflecting substantial effort:
    90-100.0%: A
  • Adequate work fully meeting that expected of a graduate student:
    80-89.99%: B
  • Weak but marginally satisfactory work:
    70-79.99%: C
  • Unsatisfactory work:
    00-69.99%: E

Weekly assignments are worth five points each and are graded on the following basis

  •   : outstanding work reflecting substantial effort, 5 points
  •   : Adequate work fully meeting expectations, 5 points
  •   : Weak but still marginally satisfactory work, 5 points unless noted otherwise

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:   

Assignments

50%
Final Project 20%
Final Exam 20%
Attendance &
Class Participation  
10%

Textbooks

The Non-Designers Design Book: cover
Multimedia: Making It Work -
	 cover

Web Wizard's Guide to Multimedia
Multimedia Concepts: Enhanced Edition - cover

The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams; 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: 0072230002

Master the building blocks of Web and CD-ROM multimedia. Take advantage of the latest Web, hardware, and software technologies, and produce powerful multimedia.

Optional: The Web Wizard's Guide to Multimedia on the Web by James Lengel; 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. ”

Software
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.

 

Readings
Reading for the class will be assigned from the textbook as well as in the form of handouts and online readings; handouts will be handed out as early as possible prior to the date the reading is to be completed. All reading, including the online readings, should be done before coming to class on the assigned date. Check this page regularly for updated online readings...

Date Reading Assignment
8/25: Vaughan Chapter 1
9/1: Williams Chapters 1-7; Online reading
9/8:   Vaughan Chapter 4 & 6; Williams Chapters 8-10
9/15: Vaughan Chapter 2; Desktop Publishing Handout
Desktop Publishing Handout (html)
Desktop Publishing Handout as pdf (4.4MB!)
9/22: Vaughan Chapter 15; online
9/29: Online reading
10/6: Vaughan Chapter 11
10/20:  Vaughan Chapter 5; handouts
10/27: Vaughan Chapter 3 & Chapter 8 pages 176-186 and 195-199; online
11/3: Vaughan Chapter 7 & Chapter 8 pages pages 187-192; online
11/10: Vaughan Chapter 12, 13 & 14
11/17: Vaughan chapter 16 & 17
10/1: Vaughan chapter 18
10/8: To be determined.

Equipment
Students in the course must either possess or have access to a multimedia capable personal computer.

Online Resources (This page has not yet been updated 8/31/05.)

Links by Course Topics

Software 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, Multimedia Fusion from Clickteam, 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 on Week 2. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED, but you'll get more out of the course if you do...

Links
 

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These pages were developed in a combination of bare html (using Windows Wordpad) and AOLPress (http://www.aolpress.com). Design was based on templates developed for IIT's Rice Campus Web site. The Navigation Bar is the Milonic DHTML Website Navigation Menu (License Number 189175), written by Andy Woolley and copyright 2003 (c) Milonic Solutions Limited; please visit http://www.milonic.co.uk/ for more information. The text background rollover script is by G. Carmichael as modified by Ray Trygstad. The site makes extensive use of Virtual Includes to simplify maintenance of the code and the site; examples of the material in the includes can be seen by comparing and contrasting the template code with the source code of the actual template as delivered by the server.

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