Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - VIC6310
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Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: USF STPT approved; To USF Inst fo rconcurrence. SCNS approved effective 3/1/11. Prefix/number changed from MMC 6xxx to VIC 6310
- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 2434 2010-12-10 Department College Budget Account Number Mass Communications AP 120100 Contact Person Phone Mark Walters 7278734544 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title VIC 6310 Visual Information Design Is the course title variable? N Is a permit required for registration? N Are the credit hours variable? N Is this course repeatable? If repeatable, how many times? 0 Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option 3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum) Visual Information Design Course Online? Percentage Online O - Online (100% online) 0
This course teaches practical applications of information designs in an exclusively digital media environment. Students learn to create information images in all their forms, from the static to motion graphics, but all for online presentation.
A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.
Needed to compete with national trends
B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?
Most journalism schools (let alone the journalism profession) have utterly failed to keep up with the rapid changes in technologies and values that have redefined the field of professional journalism. Retrofitting old approaches to create new understandings and insights has proven insufficient. Entirely new models and approaches to the remade profession are required. This new course will explicitly direct and support students in integrating all these technologies and approaches into an applied work of digital journalism. This course will be part of the essential training for journalists in the digital era.
C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
Professional experience in new digital media, especially in the convergence of various forms of media. Online teaching experience is also required.
- Other Course Information
Upon completion of this course, students will
Become familiar with the unique properties of designing information products for the digital media;
Analyze samples of digital information design from editorial and design perspectives;
Acquire experience with critical thinking and critiques related to digital information design;
And develop a sense of professional collaboration in the digital world.
B. Learning Outcomes
Critical thinking: The student will demonstrate the ability to think critically, creatively and independently when systematically anticipating, identifying, analyzing and resolving ethical, legal, theoretical and other professional problems in visual and information design in an exclusively digital environment.
Visual communication skills: The student will demonstrate high competency in visual skills as those required by professional journalists in photographing, designing or producing multimedia news reports.
Technology: Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.
C. Major Topics
Week 1: Introduction to visual information design
Week 2: Design principles and procedures (Assignment 1: CD cover)
Week 3: Digital image editing I
Week 4: Digital image editing and creation (Assignment 2: Advertisement design)
Week 5: Typography I
Week 7: Type as image (Assignment 3: Poster)
Week 6: Digital page layout I
Week 7: Digital page layout II (Assignment 4: e-book page/magazine page)
Week 8: Digital illustration
Week 9: Digital public relation layout (Assignment 5: web catalog/flier)
Week 10: Promotional design (Assignment 6: logo)
Week 11: Information graphics
Week 12: Charts and tables (Assignment 7: graph)
Week 13: Interactive information graphics
Week 14: Digital portfolio
Week 15: Digital portfolio production (Assignment 8: design portfolio)
Robin Williams. The Non-Designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice. Pearson Education
E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases
Readings from above. No other purchases are required.
F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy
Seven design projects: 70%
Online critiques: 20%
G. Assignments, Exams and Tests
All work graded in this course will be scored equivalent to the following scale: An A means that you have not only done all the work required, but that you have done it with exceptional creativity and enthusiasm. And a D will be given to the work that shows careless preparation, gives evidence of being not well thought through, slapped together just in time to meet a deadline, and is full of spelling, grammar and factual errors. Work that does not meet the requirement or specifications of an assignment earns an F. The instructor reserves the right to offer extra credit.
H. Attendance Policy
First Day online "attendance" is required.
Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,
Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)
In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.
I. Policy on Make-up Work
Journalists live with deadlines. You must manage your time to complete and submit assignments via the specified submission methods on the specified deadlines. No credit for work submitted after deadline. Special arrangements may be made in accordance with university guidelines regarding religious observance and other specified exceptions.
J. Program This Course Supports
Journalism and Media Studies
- Course Concurrence Information