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Students will research topics, wireframe ideas and produce packages with computer technologies for Web publication.
This course consists of lectures, demonstrations, discussions and student presentations. There will be limited lab time available during class. Students must have access to computers with word-processing and Web browsing software outside of class time to complete assignments.
While this class is not primarily a writing course, students are expected to be familiar with Associated Press style. Grades on assignments will be adjusted downward for style errors as well as errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and other mechanics.
At the end of the semester, you should be able to:
- Create and maintain a blog using current best practices.
- Construct basic HTML/CSS pages using both hand-written code and publishing software.
- Upload and manage documents on a server, using proper folder structure.
- Upload and tag content using a content management system.
- Use appropriate techniques to attract, measure and maintain an online audience.
- Identify trends in electronic media and social networking.
- Construct and maintain a personal online portfolio.
All students should have completed MCOM257 prior to taking this course. Knowledge of hardware, software and the Internet is preferred.
During lectures, presentations and group work, students should be focusing on the material being presented and not checking e-mail or text messaging. If I catch you doing any of these, you will lose 5 points from your overall class total of 100 possible points the first time, 10 points the second time, and 20 points the third time.
Turn off your cell phone at the start of class. The first time your phone rings in class, you will lose 5 points from your overall class total of 100 possible points, the second time you will lose 10 points, and the third time you will lose 20 points.
Attendance is mandatory. In the event of absence from class, you assume full responsibility for the material covered in class. Please consult with a classmate to see what you have missed. One absence will be allowed; subsequent absences will each result in a deduction of two points from your semester grade. If you have a valid excuse with a note (doctor's note, religious holiday, etc.) the absence will be excused up to my discretion.
Late assignments will not be accepted. All assignments are due on the date given in the schedule -- NO EXCUSES!
This course is in compliance with Towson University policies for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with Disability Support Services (DSS), 7720 York Road Suite 232, 410.704.2638 (Voice or TDD). Students who suspect they have a disability but do not have documentation are encouraged to contact DSS for advice on how to obtain appropriate evaluation. A memo from DSS authorizing your accommodation is needed before any accommodation can be made.
Disruptive BehaviorWhen students' behaviors become disruptive to class, faculty have the authority to remove students from class. Students will not be allowed to make up the rest of that semester's coursework. If the incident occurs before the final withdrawal period, students must withdraw themselves. If the withdrawal period has expired, students will receive either an FX or the earned grade. Depending on the nature and level of disruptive behaviors, the faculty may report students to Student Affairs Office or Judicial Affairs. The faculty may also call the University Police immediately if there are threats of imminent physical injury or danger to the faculty or to other students in class.
Student Legal ResponsibilitiesIn all assignments, students must comply with all laws and the legal rights of others (e.g., copyright, obscenity, privacy and defamation) and with all Towson University policies (e.g., academic dishonesty). Towson University is not liable or responsible for the content of any student assignments, regardless of where they are posted.