CIS120DP Acrobat Pro, 3 Credits
Comprehensive introduction to Adobe Acrobat Pro
Delivered Online through Canvas

Glendale Community College
Fall 2016, Sec.#14730
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Adobe Acrobat DC
Adobe Acrobat Pro XI


Being an online course, you do your work on your own schedule but a minimum of one assignment per week is required.

Course Description
Introduction to creating PDF (Portable Document Format) files using Adobe Acrobat for web viewing and printing. Addresses creation of interactive PDF documents including security settings, navigation links, and form fields.

In this course you will work through project lessons of the textbook and then produce a Final Project consisting of PDF Documents demonstrating your competent handle on the basics of PDF Document Creation with Acrbat Pro. The Topic of your final project will be chosen by you. (topic must be approved by instructor).

Required Text
For this course you will be using the Classroom in a book Series. You may use whichever version of text that corresponds to the version of the software that you have X or XI.

Required Software
For this course you will need access to the Adobe Software that corresponds to this course. You have some options to choose from to get access to the software. If you choose to put the software on your own computer you must be sure that your computer is beefy enouph to adequately handle it.

Course Objectives: Students will be able to:
  1. Define the Portable Document Format (PDF).
  2. Demonstrate proficiency with the Acrobat interface.
  3. Create PDF documents from files generated in other programs.
  4. Interact with PDF files from the user's perspective.
  5. Convert Microsoft Office files to PDF.
  6. Edit PDF documents.
  7. Create and edit PDF Portfolios.
  8. Apply security settings in PDF documents.
  9. Review PDF documents, add comments, and correspond with fellow reviewers.
  10. Create forms and organize and interpret form data collected.
  11. Use actions to automate repetitive processes.
  12. Use the legal features to apply Bates Numbering and Redactions.
  13. Prepare files for professional printing.

Starting the Course
Your first login to Canvas is considered your first attendance, officially starting the course and you are given credit for it. If in the event you are withdrawn from the course for lack of activity, your last access to Canvas or another course related system will be noted as your last date of attendance.

The assignments for this course use project lesson files that are either located on the data disk that accompanies your course text or that can be downloaded from the course text website. Included with most of the lesson files is a finished version of each lesson that gives you an idea of what your lesson should look like when you are done. For each lesson you should open up the finished version to get an idea of where you are going with the lesson. You will be submitting your work through Canvas. A minimum of one lesson per week is required, but you may submit as many assignments per week as you like to get ahead. Late assignments will be docked 10%. Students falling behind by three weekly assignments will be subject to withdrawal. I am willing to work with anyone who needs help, but if you get behind by three weeks it will make it very difficult to successfully complete the course in the given amount of time. The time required to complete an assignment for this course ranges from two to four hours, or more. This amount of time needs to be set aside each week for you to finish an assignment. In order to better comprehend a lesson it is best if you can complete each assignment in an unbroken work period, however you may break a lesson down into multiple smaller time periods if your schedule does not allow for you to complete it in one sitting.

Student Email
As a Maricopa Community College student you have been given a student email address with your Maricopa Community College Enterprise ID as your username ( The school uses this email account as an official channel for correspondence and you are responsible for maintaining this email account. Canvas is connected to this account as well. That means that if your instructor responds to you through the Canvas email, the email will go to your student email address (that is if the system is working properly). You may configure this account to forward your email to an account that you might prefer to use instead but it is your responsibility to set it up and maintain this email account. When corresponding with me as your instructor, you should send your email to my instructor email account, Email sent to my student email account may not be seen in a timely manner.
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All email correspondence must include the following contact info:
  1. Full Name: (as it is listed in the official grading system)
  2. MEID Username: (the one you use to log into Canvas and your Student Email)
  3. Course Name: (ex. CIS120DF Photoshop, or CIS120DB Illustrator, etc...)
  4. Section #: (this number can be found in Canvas next to the name of the course)
  5. Term: (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II,)
This information can be found in Canvas or your You may want to have it handy somewhere so that you can quickly copy and paste it in your email correspondences.

Do NOT include passwords or your Social Security Number.

Grading Scale
Grades for this course will be based upon the satisfactory completion of the assignments.
90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B,
70 – 79% = C,
55 – 69% = D,

It is my practice to withdraw students who get below a (D). If you require a letter grade (F) instead of a withdrawal (W), then you need to let me know during final grading near the end of the class. However there is no reason that you should get lower than a (C) if you just complete all the work.

Your Feedback is Important!
I want this course to be the best that it can be, so if you have any feedback concerning it please, do not hesitate to let me know. As a student of this course you are the best person to offer constructive criticism that will not only benefit you but those students who come after you. In your comments please include why you liked the things you did and why and how you think other things should be changed. Thank you for your feedback,

Disability Statement
The College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students should notify Student Services and their instructors of any special needs.

Student Rights & Responsibilities
It is the student's responsibility to read and be familiar with the course syllabus. Additionally it is the student's responsibility to be familiar with college policies covered in the Glendale Community College Catalog and Student Handbook.
Please make note of the following sections:
  • Copyright Act Compliance
  • Technology Resource Standards
  • Abuse-Free Environment
  • Disability Resources and Services - Eligibility for Accommodations and Required Disability Documentation
  • Academic Misconduct
  • Disciplinary Standards
  • Student Conduct Code

Please take some time to explore GCC's guidelines for online behavior.

Instructor reserves the right to make any necessary changes to this syllabus or assignments for the particular needs of this class.