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CITC 1360 (formerly INTC 1050) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

CITC 1360 (formerly INTC 1050) - Computer Graphics and Animation

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

The objective of this course is to help the student develop some facility in the use of graphics editing software and graphics creation software. The course will cover the basic concepts in image development and graphics manipulation.

Course Outcomes:

The objective of this course is to help the student develop some facility in the use of graphics editing software and graphics creation software. The course will cover the basic concepts in image development and graphics manipulation. Students will be able to:

  • Create raster or vector images.
  • Manipulate or modify a digital image
  • Use of Layers and Masks within the context of modifying a digital image.
  • Use selection tools to modify a digital image.
  • Incorporate and modify text or vector drawings on a digital image.
  • Apply a filter or an effect to a digital image as well as how to add plug-ins to digital imaging software.
  • Fix, restore or improve the quality of a digital image using basic editing tools
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Students should understand basic computer operation and file management as well as how to compress or zip a series of files.

Course Topics:
  • Getting started with PaintShop Pro
  • Selection Tools and Color
  • Drawing Tools and Vectors
  • Vector & Text Tools
  • Layers and Masks
  • Rogersville First Major Project Skill Assessment
  • Automated Photo Tools
  • Manual Photo Tools
  • Using Filters and Effects
  • Photo Project Second Major Project Skill Assessment
  • Printing, Panoramas, and 3D Design
  • Digital Scrap Book Project
Specific Course Requirements:

This course requires the purchase of the most current version of Corel PaintShop Pro (usually $40-$130).  Software pricing is subject to change.

NOTE: This course will use online content. A book is not required for this course, only the purchase of the current version of Corel PaintShop Pro software. To purchase, follow this link to Corel.

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:
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:

This course is a project-based course. We do not have any question based tests. Each week there is an assignment based on course objectives and technical skills you will learn during that week. There are three skills project/assessments which include the Rogersville Project, the Photo Project and the Final Project. Each assignment and skills assessment have due dates which will be listed in the dropbox at the beginning of the semester. All assignments are due by the scheduled due dates.

Grading Procedures:

All weekly assignments are assessed based on your weekly write-up and the demonstration and documentation of applying 80% of the weekly objectives and your weekly reflective summary. You must follow the Word template for this class, list all objectives used in when modifying an image and provide enough detail to document the meeting of the objectives.

Skill assessment are graded based on meeting the listed objectives within the assessment project.

Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
1665 - 1850 pointsA
1480 - 1664 pointsB
1295 - 1479 pointsC
1110 - 1294 pointsD
under 1109 pointsF
Assignments and Projects:

This is a project based class each week you should complete one module. Typically it take three to six hours to complete the content material as well as completing the weekly images and the write up. The Skills Assessment will normally require more time and planning and typically should take six to nine hours to complete.

DescriptionPoints
9 weekly assignments @ 50 points each450
1 Rogersville Project @ 550 points550
1 Photo Project @ 300 points300
1 Digital Scrapbook @ 550 points550
Total Points1850
Class Participation:

Class participation is based on the completion of the projects.

Late Policy:

All assignments are due by the times listed in the Drop box. The only exception would be for policies determined by TN eCampus.

Course Ground Rules

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

RULES OF THE TENNESSEE BOARD OF REGENTS STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM OF TENNESSEE SYSTEMWIDE STUDENT RULES CHAPTER 0240-02-03 STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS

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

Email:

  • 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

Discussions:

  • 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.

Library

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.

Disclaimer

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 August 16, 2017