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COM 1020 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

COM 1020 - Basic Web Graphics

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This is an introductory class using a graphics program, scanner, and other digital devices to create and edit graphic images for web pages. These projects give students the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of a graphics program to edit, optimize and create imagery for the web. Students will also set up hierarchical folders/directories and implement, upload, and edit a functional website. This course uses Photoshop® and a basic HTML editor.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course students will:

  • Understand how to use editing software to create basic Web graphics.
  • Understand how to optimize images for display on the Web.
  • Know how to set up logical folder/directory hierarchy for a Web site on their local computers.
  • Know how to create hyperlinks, and link graphics to specific Web pages.
  • Know how to FTP upload a multi-page Web site and graphics to the server.
  • Be able to do quality assurance testing of their Web site, and make corrections, if needed
  • Understand the concept or scanning and resolution
  • Be able to alter and retouch continuous tone images.
  • Be able to use color effectively on the web.
  • Be able to create images such as backgrounds, buttons, and icons.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

COM 1000

Course Topics:
  • Introduction to Web Graphics
  • Optimizing Graphics for the Web
  • Displaying Web Graphics
  • Midterm Project - Web site Construction & FTP Upload
  • Retouching Scanned Images & Digital Photos
  • Creating and Using Background Images
  • Creating Icons, Bullets, & Symbols
  • Creating & Using Buttons
  • Final Project - Design a Splash Page
  • Testing the site before publishing
Specific Course Requirements:
  • A basic knowledge of the World Wide Web and computer navigation is necessary.
  • How to name and create folders on a computer.
  • How to navigate folders on a computer.
  • How to create text files in a Text Editor or Word.
  • How to navigate the hard drive to find and/or save files through various dialog boxes or windows.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

It's strongly recommended that you make regular backups of your work for this class in case the hard disk in your computer fails. 

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Graded Quizzes will be on-line. All Exams will be proctored so please arrange your schedule according to the Proctor's dates of availability.

Grading Procedures:

Grades are based on participation in 4 Graded Discussions, 10 Homework Assignments, 8 Graded Quizzes, 1 Midterm Project, 1 Final Project, and 1 Final Exam. All of these should reflect students’ understanding of the readings in the text and on-line materials.

Grading Scale:
NumberCategoryPoints (ea.)TTL Points% of Final Grade
1Midterm Project15015015%
1Midterm Exam15015015%
1Final Project15015015%
1Final Exam15015015%

901-1000 A
801-900 B
701-800 C
0-700 F
"C" or better to pass

Assignments and Projects:

A sequenced list of assignments and projects is provided within the course.

Class Participation:

Interaction with other students is an important component of the course. Students must participate by posting discussions on the topics assigned in a timely manner. Deadlines for discussion posts are included in the Modules. Students are also expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource and to check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements.

Late Policy:

The course calendar will provide due dates. Most assignments provide a week long window to complete and submit the work. Don't wait until the due date to join a discussion board assignment or your classmates will not have time to respond to your postings. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017