Visual Communication

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

Syllabus

Learning Objectives

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

Requirements

Resources

  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 (available in RSJ201, 202, and 214; and the Knowledge Center)
  3. Access to WebCampus

STUDENT IDENTITY VERIFICATION VIA SKYPE

Students will need to confirm their identities during two mandatory video conferencing sessions. The video conferences will use Skype.

Mandatory two conferencing sessions: At the beginning of the course, the instructor will announce multiple video conferencing sessions available to the entire class. Students will need to choose and reserve two sessions. These are mandatory participations. Students will receive a fail grade without 2 conference session participations.

Identification check: The conference session will start with the identification check of each student. Students will need to show their identification to the instructor using video camera. No recording will be made during the identification checks.

Length of each session: Each session will last about 15 minutes, including identification checks and class topic discussions. The instructor will ask questions and students will discuss the class content.

Facilities

Reading

Readings from the following books will be provided:

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.

Optional

Re-Publishing and Sharing Work

To help future students, educators, and researchers do better work, your assignment submissions from this course may occasionally be shown in future classes, published online, in academic journals, or in printed books. If you would like to ensure your work is not viewed or published anywhere beyond this course, please let Katherine know at: khepworth at unr dot edu.

Any republishing will comply with FERPA and IRB guidelines. This message is in keeping with the policy of the University of Nevada, Reno Office of the General Counsel.

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.

Conduct

Guide to Winning


Diversity

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.