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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.
Please turn off your cell phone at the start of class and leave it on the desk at the front of the classroom. 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!
COFAC Civility Code and classroom behavior
COFAC places a priority on learning. We value the inherent worth and dignity of every person, thereby fostering a community of mutual respect. Students have the right to a learning environment free of disruptive behaviors and offensive comments. Faculty have the right to define appropriate behavioral expectations in the classroom and expect students to abide by them. Faculty have the responsibility to manage and address classroom disruption. Staff have the right and responsibility to define appropriate behaviors necessary to conduct any university activity free of disruption or obstruction.
We believe that in order to achieve these ideals, all COFAC students, staff, and faculty are expected to exhibit and practice civil behaviors that exemplify: (1) respecting faculty, staff, fellow students, guests, and all university property, policies, rules and regulations; (2) taking responsibility for one's choices, actions and comments; (3) delivering correspondence -- whether verbal, nonverbal, written, or electronic -- with respectful language using professional writing standards and etiquette; and (4) accepting consequences of one's choices and actions. The use of offensive, threatening or abusive language, writing, or behavior will not be tolerated and can lead to academic dismissal. Further information about civility can be found in Appendix F of the university catalog.
Examples demonstrating civility in the classroom as a student include:
- Being respectful of the professor and other students.
- Not texting or using cellular phones and other electronic devices.
- Not using your laptop for activities other than class work.
- Not eating or drinking in class.
- Not reading newspapers or listening to music during the class.
- Not sleeping in class.
Academic Integrity Policy
All student work including assignments, presentations, and tests must adhere to the university's Student Academic Integrity Policy. The policy addresses such academic integrity issues as plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, cheating, complicity in dishonesty, abuse of academic materials, and multiple submissions. See the last page of this syllabus for the department's policy concerning plagiarism and cheating. Penalties to violation of academic integrity ranges from F for the assignment to F for the course, in addition to a report filed in the Office of Student Conduct and Civility Education.
Students with Disabilities Policy
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 410-704-4423 (TDD). Students who suspect that 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.
To promote a safe and secure campus, Towson University prohibits the possession or control of any weapon while on university property. See the university policy.
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.