CAPP 30523, Spring 2012, Professor Clark

Course content

  1. Skills - sound editing, image editing, animation
  2. Dimensions - usability, aesthetics, functionality, content
  3. Applications - virtuality, publishing
  4. Critical thinking

Learning goals

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

Technology excuses

Computers freeze, files become corrupted, Concourse goes down, Internet service cuts out, and so on. Last-minute technology problems are not accepted as an excuse for losing a major project, so protect yourself:

Required Books and Materials

  1. The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, 2nd Ed.. By Jason Beaird.
    ©2010 by Sitepoint. ISBN: 098057689X
  2. Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Ed. By Steve Krug.
    ©2005 New Riders. ISBN: 0321344758
  3. Video tutorials ($$) at

Technology requirements



  • 20% - Audio podcast project
  • 20% - Image portfolio project
  • 20% - Blog project
  • 20% - Assignments - in-class and homework
  • 20% - Final exam on the four dimensions and Flash


Final grade criteria

  1. A- / A- || beyond requirements in creativity, learning,
    or one of the four dimensions
  2. B+ / B / B- || meets requirements
  3. C or lower || requirements missing


  • 96 - 100 = A
  • 92 - 95.999 = A-
  • 89 - 91.999 = B+
  • 85 - 88.999 = B
  • 82 - 84.999 = B-
  • 78 - 81.999 = C+
  • 74 - 76.999 = C
  • 70 - 72.999 = C-
  • 65 - 69.999 = D
  • 0 - 64.999 = F

Late Homework and Makeups

Attendance and Tardiness

Up to two unexcused absences will not result in a penalty. See Du Lac regarding excused absences. For each additional unexcused absence, ten points will be subtracted from the final grade. A written warning will be sent before issuing a failing grade for excessive absences.

Lateness counts as half an absence. Ten minutes after class starts unexcused lateness becomes an absence.

Students should not schedule interviews and other appointments during class time.

Honor Code

Students are expected abide by the Academic Code of Honor. Violations will result in disciplinary action as provided in the Code. See Students may discuss course assignments but are expected to complete their own work.

Classroom Climate

Courtesy and mutual respect help create a productive learning atmosphere. Not everyone may agree on what is appropriate in a given situation.

Here are some examples of unacceptable behavior in the classroom:

The following are acceptable


You are encouraged to email questions to the instructor. At times he may be able to respond quickly, but you should allow one business day for a reply. If you do not receive an answer in that time frame, send another message to verify that your email was received.

There is a course email list. You are encouraged to send questions there, as well as answer questions other students have posed. The list is also a place to share links to resources that may be useful – tutorials, tips, free media, and so on.


Any student who has a documented disability and is registered with Disability Services should speak with the professor as soon as possible regarding accommodations. Students who are not registered should contact the Office of Disability Services -


Because of the nature of this course, you are required to publish work on the Internet.

Federal laws protect your privacy and you are not required to publish personal information (name, grades, email address, gender, age, phone number, address, religion, marital status, race, etc.). The professor will not release such information and you must not disclose personal information about other students.

This course requires you to create website accounts where you will supply some personal information. Here are some ways to protect your privacy:

Read, sign, and return the disclaimer regarding privacy rights, risks, and options.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

People who create original material in any medium have the right to control who uses their intellectual property and how. As you produce media in this class, protect your rights and respect those of other people.

Citation: Clark, C. (2007, July 03). Syllabus. Retrieved November 22, 2014, from Notre Dame OpenCourseWare Web site:
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