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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MMC6136

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-10-11
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Needs to be removed as a special topics course and made into a permanent course
Comments: USF-SP approved 4/29/13. To USF Sys 5/23/13. To SCNS 5/31/13. Nmbr 6132 apprd as 6136, eff 6/1/13

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2951 2012-10-08
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Journalism and Media Studies AP STP 10000 511247 000000 0000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Deni Elliott 7278734881

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    MMC 6136 Video Storytelling 2

    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 L - Laboratory -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Video Storytelling 2
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    MMC 6135


    Course Description

    Advanced video shots, audio, post-production editing and industry work flows will be covered. The art of storytelling through a lens, on-camera interviewing techniques, and tight editing for a “two train” story arc will be emphasized. VS1 required.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    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?

    This is a practical course that helps students get good paying jobs in multiple industries where strategic information needs to be communicated to a mass audience through the use of multimedia. / Any major that requires students to tell multimedia stories to a mass audience either through broadcast or Web platforms.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 3 or more times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Industry experience is essential and more important than a doctorate as best practices cannot be learned and by extension taught from a book.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    • Gain practical and advanced experience in digital video production and post-production methods especially for distributing news reports via the Web -- core concept: technology

    • Explore how advanced video storytelling methods enhance the communication process -- core concepts: critical thinking and writing

    • Create a reel on DVD that showcases key technical and storytelling components -- core concept: technology

    • Create a 9-10 minute long-form news report on the subject and topic of your choice at a quality level that is appropriate for professional publication -- core concept: critical thinking

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Through lecture, discussion, demonstrations, experiential exercises and hands-on assignments, students will have the opportunity to learn the techniques and work flows for achieving professional quality video news reports following industry best practices. The crafting of 90/120/180-second news videos from the same raw footage; mixing voice overs with on-camera interviews; editing choices in post production such as pacing, transitions, title or info slides, color correction, compression options, and audio mixing will be covered. Working solo, in small groups and with me, students will have the opportunity to long-form video storytelling as they complete their semester video project which will be a publishable biography, issue or trend piece.

    C. Major Topics

    • industry best practices

    • pre-production planning techniques: interviewing and research, storyboarding and shot lists

    • audio: natural sound; interviewing; mixing

    • scripting and voice overs

    • titles, credits, bugs, and lower thirds

    • short news packages for daily turnaround

    • long-form storytelling -- mini documentary

    • creating a reel for interviews, freelance clients and grant applications

    D. Textbooks

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Sample news videos that are the basis of technical learning modules, discussion and critique -- 20 clips from

    • a 32GB thumb drive or external, Mac formatted hard drive

    • four DVD-R blanks

    • one roll of painter's tape

    • one-quarter sheet of white foam core

    • access to a high definition video camera for the semester OR be prepared to follow the borrowing policies of the campus library if you intend to use the standard definition tape-based school cameras; also, if you use the school cameras, you will need to purchase your own blank tapes

    • a light kit assembled from components available at home improvement stores -- approximate cost is $50

    • high-speed access to the internet

    • access to Final Cut Pro X (a Mac-only application), Adobe Premiere, or the department's Mac Lab based on the schedule of open lab availability

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Graded course components:

    1. discussion preparation regarding assigned readings and clips (10%)

    2. planning techniques through storyboarding (5%)

    3. planning techniques through the creation of a shooting schedule (5%)

    4. planning techniques for the capture of natural sound at a high quality level (5%)

    5. creating scripts for voice overs (5%)

    6. creating and using titles (static or moving), lower thirds, bugs and credits (10%)

    7. creating 90-120-180-second video news reports from supplied footage (10%)

    8. shooting and editing your semester project (20%)

    9. creating a reel for distribution on a DVD and the Web and presentation (10%)

    10. attendance (10%)

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    See part W above.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). 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: (

    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

    The teacher will adjust course requirements for individuals with special needs or for those who experience rare acts of God or Murphy’s Law such as a death in the family or a house fire. If you feel as though you are experiencing a rare circumstance at any time during the semester, talk with the teacher as soon as possible. This is the same level of rigor your editor or supervisor will expect from you in the professional world. Students who are allowed make-up work are still held accountable for adhering to the USF Policy on Academic Integrity (

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Journalism and Media Studies

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Any major that requires students to tell multimedia stories to a mass audience either through broadcast or Web platforms.

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