Course number JOUR108
This class introduces freshmen to techniques, processes, and ways of thinking essential for print and digital media creation.
In this course, you will learn to:
- Identify your preferences in visual communication.
- Prepare visual media correctly for print and digital production.
- Develop an understanding of audiences and contexts, and use this to design culturally appropriate visual media.
Given a visual communication artifact, you will be able to identify:
- The specific method of digital or print production.
- The digital techniques involved in creation of that artifact.
Given a message to communicate visually, you will be able to create visual media:
- To a beginner level.
- That is considerate of audience and context.
- TopHat subscription (tophat.com)
- Cloud storage service (Google Drive preferred)
- Email address that IS NOT from Yahoo (Gmail preferred)
- Paper and black pen/lead pencil
- Digital camera (camera phone preferred)
- Access to WebCampus
Note: All photos on the 108 pages are by Jim Pennuci and used with permission.
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.
Lupton, Ellen. Graphic Design Thinking. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2011.
Seddon, Tony and Jane Waterhouse. Graphic Design for Non-Designers. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2009.
Saigal, Monica. Ed. The Psychology Book. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2012.
Note: You don't need to buy these books. Scans of relevant sections are available on Webcampus.
Grading in this class will be by XP (experience points). You earn XP by completing tasks: the better you complete the task, the more XP you will get. Letter grades will only be given at the end of the semester.
- At the start of the class you will have zero XP points
(equivalent to 0% / F / 0.0 GPA).
- 4,000 XP is the maximum attainable grade
(equivalent to 100% / A / 4.0 GPA).
The following chart aligns XP with letter grades and with percentage of total score.
You will gain XP every time you complete a graded task. How much XP you gain depends on the quality of your work.
Please note: completing tasks does not guarantee gaining XP. See below for more detail.
You will receive XP for completing challenges when:
- All steps of both the feedback and communication challenge for the week are completed.
- Both Challenges are submitted via webcampus before their due date.
- You have a extension from me, confirmed in writing, for your communication challenge.
You will receive XP for lecture participation when:
- You attend the lecture.
- You ask at least one question, either verbally or on TopHat.
- You answer at least two questions.
- You participate in the polls.
You will receive XP for Quizzes only if:
- You complete them before the due date.
- You have an extension, confirmed in writing, from Katherine.
You will lose 50XP every time you do any of the following. This penalty amounts to a reduction of your final grade by 1.25% for each individual incident.
You will lose 300XP if any task is not submitted by the end of semester.
Please note: it is easy to reduce your grade by one whole letter by ignoring the following requirements.
50XP will be deducted from your total grade each time you:
- Incorrectly label a Mission or Challenge.
- Submit any Mission or Challenge late by arrangement.
If you submit a Mission or Challenge late without arranging this previously, it will not be graded.
Use any of the following fonts in your assignments or correspondence:
- Bank Gothic (ugly & overused for military/sci fi/tech)
- Comic Sans (ugly & unprofessional)
- Papyrus (ugly & overused for eccentric/ethnic/historical)
50XP will be deducted from your total grade each time you:
- email me about anything other than a significant personal crisis, including:
- medical certificates
- absences from class
- grading questions
- ask about something covered in the syllabus
- use text speak (for example ‘u’ instead of ‘you’; ‘luv’ instead of ‘love’ etc), incorrect spelling, or incorrect grammar in assignments, feedback, or discussions.
- Staying organized is essential to success in this course.
- You can sign up for text message reminders of deadlines here.
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 and laptops, from the following places:
- @One: visit - Level One of the Knowledge Center, or call on 784-4924
- Reynolds School Equipment Loans: visit - Level Two of the Reynolds School
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:
- Math Center: Email, visit - William Raggio Building, Rooms 1002 & 1003, or call on 784-4433
- Tutoring Center: Email, visit - Thompson Building 101M, or call on 784-6801
- University Writing Center: Email, visit - Mackay Science Room 108, or call on 784-6030
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.
Guide to Winning
- Own your grade
Everyone starts with an F. Your grade increases with the volume and quality of your work.
- Own your actions
You are responsible for your own participation, behavior, learning, and work.
- Do more than you’re asked
Before every class, during class, after every class.
- Teach others what you know
This is the best way to learn. Plus, it’s nice to share.
- Make work into play
Finding ways to make work fun improves the quality of your work.
- Be nice
Life is too short to act like a jerk.
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.
Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
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 Denise Cordova at 784-1547. Resources and interim measures involving classes and/or residential life are available to assist you. For more information, please visit: http://www.unr.edu/eotix/sexual-misconduct
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.
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.