Multimedia Production

 

Section
Course
Multimedia Production I
MDP246
Multimedia Production II
MDP247
Multimedia Production III
MDP248

General Information
Meets: Tuesday & Thursday
Location: IT 219
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:20 PM
Lecture & Discussion: Tuesday
Office Hours: 4:20 - 5:20 Thursdays in IT 219

Instructor

Ken Loge - logek@lanecc.edu

URL: http://dreamsteep.com

or

Rick Simms – Email: simmsr@lanecc.edu


Course Description:
This is a practicum course designed to give you the opportunity to apply technical knowledge and skills learned in the first year of the program to actual multimedia production situations. Production work will be supervised by department staff and produced by department staff or advanced students. You may be able to volunteer for production positions based on your own career interests and experience. You will focus on one type of production, or sample a variety of production work through active team participation. A component of the course will permit the introduction of current topics such as media issues, professional multimedia production techniques, changing media technology, and job market information.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course you should be able to:
  • Use your skills and knowledge to make positive contributions to team multimedia production efforts.
  • Apply effective multimedia production methods to a project developed by a team or group.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of applying effective media design treatments appropriately to multimedia productions.
  • Participate as a multimedia production team member in meeting time deadlines and professional production values required by productions scheduled for public distribution.
  • Practice specialized individual multimedia design and production skills that will meet media workforce standards.
  • Discuss current multimedia production technologies and issues.

Weekly Hours:
Multimedia Production is a 4 credit course. For each credit you are required to work at least 2 hours per week, so you should expect to work at least 8 hours per week on projects in order to fulfill the minimum 80 required hours per term. There may be times when you work fewer than 8 hours in a given week, or more than 8 hours. This is fine, so long as you’ve worked at least 80 hours total by the end of the term. If you work fewer than 80 hours in a term your grade may be negatively impacted. Each week you will be required to turn in the hours you work on projects, and have the timesheet form signed off. This is to help both you and the instructor keep track of the amount of time you spend working on projects. If you are absent, make sure you give the instructor your time sheet the next time you attend class. To summarize, each week you should, on average:
  • Work 7-8 hours on group related projects and tasks.
  • Work 1-2 hours on your individual project.

General Course Expectations:
  • All projects must have a timeline and production notes, or a basic storyboard submitted before production may commence.
  • The instructor must approve all projects before production commences.
  • All students, and members of each group, must exchange contact information that includes Email addresses and phone numbers.
  • Each student is required to have an Email address.
  • Groups are limited to a maximum of 5 members, except for special group arrangements approved by the instructor.
  • You will be required to work 7-8 hours per week on various projects that are assigned to you or your production team. Most of the 8 hours each week should be devoted to team projects and activities. However, you will also be given time to develop a personal project. Please note that all personal projects, regardless of the topic, must be discussed or approved by the course instructor, or department staff before production can proceed.
  • All projects must be adequately documented. It is expected that screen layout schemes, navigation notes, and content will be storyboarded, and production notes will be well organized and easy to read. All production notes should be of sufficient quality and thoroughness that any outside party can understand the goal of the projects, as well as the essential specification and design details. For example, if programming code such as Lingo or ActionScript is used, it is expected that it will be sufficiently documented and commented so other people can make sense of what has and has not been produced.
  • You are responsible for creating a simple web site, or series of web pages, for posting your work. This site need not be fancy, but should include your Email address, an online resume, and any examples of your work you feel are worthy of posting. The main purpose of creating an individual web site is to learn more about what is required to create a web site, and to give you a central place to store some of your work for other members of your group to access. You may create pages on the http://lccmedia.com web site, or use any service provider you wish to set up your site.

Moodle:
Moodle is a freely available content management system for courses and online educational content that is becoming widely adopted. Among many features, Moodle allows students to submit assignments electronically and access grades, course syllabi, outlines, and exams online. In the interest of augmenting the student learning experience for this course, as well as saving paper-based print resources, and facilitating access to assignments and graded material, this course makes extensive use of the Moodle technology.

Because the Moodle system is very "general purpose" in what it can do, there are sometimes limitations in the available course modules that may be misleading or confusing. For example, some course activities will show "points" that appear to be part of your grade, but are only used as indicators to show that an assignment was submitted. Irrespective of how many "points" the Moodle system shows at any given time during the term, your grade is computed based on the above grading criteria. However, assignment grades and the final exam are accurately revealed in the Moodle system, so those numbers may help you determine your current grade.


Attendance: (15% of your grade)
You are expected to attend a weekly hour-long lecture and discussion presented by the instructor. You cannot count the time you spend attending the instructor lecture as part of your weekly production time requirements. However, the time you spend during each class either meeting with your group, or working on multimedia production-related tasks for this class, does count toward your required 8 hours per week.

Attendance is especially crucial for the successful completion of group and individual projects. You are expected to attend all classes and group meetings. Attendance in class or group meetings is graded equally. More than three absences from class or group meetings will negatively impact your grade. It may be possible to make up a missed class or meeting, but you must discuss this option with the instructor, or make prior arrangements. Attendance will be taken at each class meeting, and it is expected that attendance will be recorded for each group meeting.


Grading:
Grades are based on the following:
  • Attendance (15%)
  • Group Project (30%)
  • Individual Contribution to the Group Project (30%)
  • Individual Project (10%)
  • Documentation (10%)
  • Individual Presentation (5%)

Each of the above are explained in more detail below.

In general, your grade is based on:

  • Your ability to adapt to, and be proficient with pertinent multimedia production techniques, software, hardware, and production facilities.
  • Your interpersonal communication skills with other team members and production staff.
  • Your ability to apply appropriate professional multimedia production standards to your work.
  • The overall quality of your work.
  • Your organizational skills, including the design and development of timelines, flowcharts, storyboards, navigational layouts, graphic design schemes, and project journals.
  • Your ability to work as a member of a team, and to meet production deadlines.

General factors in your overall grade include, but are not limited to:

  • Punctuality in attendance and assignments.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Interpersonal relationships with the instructor and others in the class.

Multimedia Production Grade Pie Chart


Group Projects and Individual Contribution: (60% of your grade)
The final product or program produced by your group constitutes 30% of your overall grade. Your individual contribution to the group is worth an additional 30%. Since the instructor may not be present for every group meeting it is critical that each group take adequate notes of what transpires during each meeting. Each group must have a designated reporter who is responsible for summarizing the notes from each group meeting. However, notes written by the group reporter count only toward the group grade. Each member of the group is responsible for recording and logging their own notes during the term, and will be graded individually as such. This documentation is factored into an additional 10% of your grade (see the “Documentation” section below), but is also a substantial part of your group and individual grade.Each group must have a project manager, a project reporter, and a project archivist. A description of basic responsibilities for each is described below.  

Project Manager:

  • Coordinates and manages the day-to-day activities of the group.
  • Responsible for the completion of all production tasks.
  • Ensures that group members perform their duties acceptably.
  • Responsible for the creation of the project timeline and storyboard.
  • Responsible for ensuring that production-related tasks occur on time.
  • Schedules meetings and creates each meeting agenda.
  • Acts as the official liaison between the group and the instructors.

Project Reporter:

  • Takes notes during each meeting and transcribes these notes into an electronic format. These meeting notes should include a record of attendance and the time, date, and location of each meeting.
  • Helps ensure that roll is taken during each meeting.
  • Responsible for organizing the overall group project documentation.
Project Archivist:
  • Responsible for archiving all pertinent production documents and media assets.
  • Reminds group members to back up materials.
  • Keeps the group project archive up-to-date.
  • Works with the project reporter to organize media assets and electronic documents.
Individual Responsibilities:

You are responsible for making sure your name has been included on the attendance sheet for group meetings. If you have a problem or concern with one or more of the group members, or the interpersonal dynamics of the group, you are responsible for bringing it up during the meeting, or discussing it outside the meeting with the project manager or the course instructor. If the issues are serious enough, the course instructor can meet with the whole group and act as a mediator, if necessary.

You must be accountable for your time. As an individual member of the group you must do a fair share of the work. This means that if you feel you’re doing too much or too little you should bring up these concerns in a group meeting, or discuss this with the project manager or course instructor.

NOTE: Any member of the group serving as the project manager, reporter, or archivist is allowed to adjust their production workload because of the extra effort required by their group functions. In other words, group tasks count toward production work.

Individual Project: (10% of your grade)

You may spend 1-2 hours per week working on an individual project. Of the 80 hours you are required to spend doing multimedia production work during the term, you are allowed to use up to 15 hours of this time to work on an individual project. You may work on any individual project that has been discussed and approved by the instructor.


Documentation: (10% of your grade)
Well organized documentation is essential for any multimedia production having professional standards, and as such your personal documentation should be a reflection of your own standards. All documentation you submit is expected to be typed. This means documentation should be composed in an electronic format and printed. Each week you will be expected to submit a summary of the hours you spend working on various production tasks. You will submit your hours through Moodle.

At the time your summary sheet is reviewed each week you will be responsible for informing the instructor of any issues of concern, or problems you’re having with the completion of your work. It is your responsibility to communicate with the instructor about the progress of your work.

At the end of the term you will be asked to submit documentation that includes the following:

  • A journal that briefly outlines what you worked on each day and how much time you spent, in general, on each task.
  • All of the signed weekly summary sheets.
  • A storyboard and flowchart of your personal project in a digital format (i.e., Illustrator, Freehand, Acrobat, etc.).
  • Several examples of your best design sketches or notes.
  • A brief essay describing your general experience in the course, what you did, how well your group worked together, and significant successes and failures you experienced. This essay will be due on the scheduled date of the final for the course and should be well written (i.e., the essay should be treated as though it is the final exam for the course).

The above materials constitute 10% of your grade.


Individual Presentation: (5% of your grade)
During the term you will be asked to make a brief presentation (5 - 30 minutes) for the class, covering an appropriate aspect of multimedia production such as the use of software, pertinent production techniques, or a presentation based on information derived from the Internet, a television program, book, or magazine article. The purpose of the presentation is to help you develop speaking and presentation skills, and to share your knowledge with the class to help everyone stay informed and aware of emerging technology relating to multimedia production.

All pertinent materials for the presentation should be cited (credited) and made available in an electronic format such as an HTML file, a Flash animation, Shockwave, Director, Acrobat (PDF), PowerPoint, or some other common electronic media format that is ready for CD-ROM or Internet distribution. If you choose to showcase a web site you find useful for multimedia production work you should include screens shots, the URI, and a paragraph or two that provides a context for your presentation. These materials will eventually be put on a CD-ROM, the department web site, or Wiki.

You will be required to produce the following for the presentation:

  • An outline of the material to be discussed.
  • Supportive media materials such as graphics, transparencies, digital files, or handouts.
  • A CD-ROM or Internet ready version of your presentation.

Final Exam:
This course emphasizes team and group-based multimedia production. The most valuable lessons you will learn will come from the process of producing various projects during the term, group dynamics and interaction, and the experience you will earn as a function of the production process you go through. Because of the nature of this course there is no "formal" final exam. However, you will be required to submit the following, prior to finals week:

- Weekly production time sheets. These are the forms you should submit to Moodle each week. This information should summarize the production work you completed each day, and the cumulative production hours for the term.

- A journal that briefly describes what you've done each week of the term. You should include specific things you have learned, your impressions of your own skills, and the group production process, good or bad. The journal should be organized by the week of the term, with a date for each entry. The journal should contain notes and ideas that are personally useful to you that you can use for future multimedia production work you may have the privilege to do. A well-organized and well-written journal can be a valuable tool to help you improve your work and you professional career.

The above should be turned in no later than 5:00 PM on the last Friday of the last week the class meets, (i.e., Week 10), prior to finals week.

During the scheduled final exam for the course you will be asked to turn in a 2-5 page overall summary of you experience in the course, and the grade you believe you should receive, or you believe you have earned. You should clearly describe why you should receive a particular grade by summarizing the total time you spent working on various production tasks during the term, and specific pertinent production skills you believe you improved upon. You may also comment on how other members of your group helped, or detracted from the overall quality of the final end product, whatever that may be. The grade you give yourself is not necessarily the grade you will receive, but will help the instructor better determine how the quality of your work factors into your overall grade.

It is a difficult thing to assess one's self in any respect, and remain objective, but the process of examining yourself and your skills is the same kind of task you may be required to perform in a professional job situation when you want a raise. It's not always easy to be critical of yourself and your skills, but it is certainly necessary and important for your professional development.

Department Policies:
Attendance beyond the grace period for Administrative Drops will constitute participation in the class and be considered a basis for grading. If you do not choose to continue in the class, you must drop the class officially in order to avoid a failing grade.

If you are having difficulty and are in need of academic support because of a documented disability, whether it be psychiatric, learning, physical, hard of hearing, or sensory, you may be eligible for academic accommodations through Disability Services. Contact the Disability Services office at 463-5150 in the Student Services building in Room 218 (Building 1).

The department retains the right to share student work on a regular basis with the Multimedia Design Program Faculty Review. In addition, it is department policy to periodically copy student work for demonstrative purposes in other instructional settings. Projects are chosen based on their quality of excellence, or occasionally on their ability to demonstrate problematic productions. Since ALL projects submitted for grading are candidates for archival storage, students must submit all work labeled and cued correctly. Department policy dictates that projects that do not meet this standard will be returned to the student ungraded and docked one letter grade.

Definition of Grades:

A
Indicates superior work, initiative, and originality.
B
Indicates highly satisfactory performance of assigned work.
C
Indicates adequate or average performance of assignments.
D
Indicates barely passing work.
F
Indicates failing work.
P
Indicates pass.
NP
Indicates no-pass.
X
A temporary notation when grades have not been turned in, or have not met requirements for acceptance by the computerized grade recording system.
Y
Indicates no basis for grade.
I
Replaces a lower grade when a student elects to repeat a course or when an unavoidable absence occurs near the end of the term and arrangements are made with the instructor to complete work within a specific period of time. The “I” grade option must be requested by the student (forms are available in the department office).
W
Student initiated official drop/withdrawal after the seventh week of the term.

Student Code of Conduct:
The Media Arts program is committed to preparing students for success in a professional workplace and promotes the importance of a Student Code of Conduct that all students must adhere to throughout their enrollment in the Media Arts program.

Respect for the Media Arts Learning Environment:

The Media Arts program encourages the intellectual, creative, and personal growth of its students and recognizes the need to maintain a safe and professional environment. In order to maintain an environment where these goals can be achieved the Media Arts program promotes civility, respect, and integrity among all students, faculty, and staff.

Any acts involving physical attack, property damage, written or verbal statements that express or suggest the intent to cause physical or mental harm to another person are not conducive to professionalism and will result in intervention by the program and the college. This intervention can range from mediation to expulsion, depending on the severity of the event.

The Student Code of Conduct is available on the Lane Community College website (http://www.lanecc.edu/cops/conduct.htm), and copies are available in equipment checkout and labs.


Emergency Information:

Call:

Medical:

Student Health - x6666 or 463-6666

Security:

x5555 or 463-5555

Ambulance or Sheriff:

911

 

Evacuation Route:

For room IT 219 exit the room and walk down the stairwell to the ground level, or follow the walkway south to the grassy embankment and head for the south parking lot.

Fire:

Pull the alarm on the west wall in room IT 219. Exit by staying low if smoke impairs breathing and vision.

Earthquake:

Duck and cover under your desk, away from windows until motion stops. Then, carefully evacuate the building.

Outside Public Phone:

Located on the north side of the one story science building and in the SE and NW 2nd floor lobbies of the Building 16, SCIE.

Bad Weather:

Listen to KLCC 89.7 FM for campus closure information. If class is canceled, please read ahead and be ready to quickly cover the material we missed. If roads are icy or snowy please drive very carefully and allow for enough travel time so that you arrive to class safely and on time. Watch for black ice in shady locations on freezing temperature days.