Visual Communication

JOUR300 | Spring 2017 | Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
Professor: Katherine Hepworth, PhD


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:



  1. Gmail or Dropbox account (for using Google Drive or Dropbox to back up your work and share it between computers)
  2. Access to Adobe CC software
  3. Access to WebCampus



Ambrose, Gavin, and Paul Harris. The Fundamentals of Creative Design. 2nd ed. Lausanne: AVA Publishing, 2011.

Krug, Steve. Don’t Make Me Think. 3rd ed. San Francisco: New Riders, 2014.

Lidwell, William, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler. Universal Principles of Design. 3rd ed. London: Rockport, 2010.

Saigal, Monica. Ed. The Psychology Book. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2012.

Getting Help

Borrowing Equipment

No funds? No problem! Make sure you have access to the hardware you need to complete your work at all times by borrowing equipment free of charge, including cameras, ipads, and laptops, from the following places:

Academic Success Services

Seeking help outside of class is the sign of a responsible and successful student. Your student fees cover usage of these on-campus services:

Nevada Recovery & Prevention Community (NRAP)

NRAP provides an environment of nurturing support and peer connections for students choosing a substance-free lifestyle and students recovering from substance and behavioral addictions.

Counselling Services

The mission of Counseling Services is to provide psychological services to students in order to support and facilitate their personal and academic success and development.

Ability & Disability Services

Any student with a disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me or the Disability Resource Center (see details below) as soon as possible to arrange for appropriate accommodations.

Title IX Services

If you have been subjected to unwelcome sexual advances, sexual coercion, requests for sexual favors, and/or sexually motivated physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct, or other conduct of a sexual nature, sexual violence, stalking, domestic violence, or if you have been sexually assaulted, whether on or off campus, please contact Title IX Coordinator.


Guide to Winning


Open inquiry, freedom of expression, and respect for difference are fundamental to a comprehensive and dynamic education. This course and the instructor are committed to upholding these ideals by fostering an environment that is conducive to exploring, engaging, and expressing diverse perspectives and respecting diverse identities.

Honesty and Dishonesty

Cheating, plagiarism or otherwise obtaining grades under false pretenses constitutes academic dishonesty according to the code of this university. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and penalties can include canceling a student’s enrollment without a grade, giving an F for the course or for the assignment. For more details, see the University General Catalog.

Recording devices

Surreptitious or covert video-taping of class or unauthorized audio recording of class is prohibited by law and by Board of Regents policy. This class may be videotaped or audio recorded only with the written permission of the instructor. In order to accommodate students with disabilities, some students may have been given permission to record class lectures and discussions. Therefore, students should understand that their comments during class may be recorded.