CIS138DA InDesign, 3 Credits.
Comprehensive introduction to Desktop Design & Publishing with Adobe InDesign
Delivered Online through Canvas

Glendale Community College
Spring 2014, Sec.#17236
Instructor
Flash.Johnson@gccaz.edu
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Adobe InDesign CS6
Classroom in a Book
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Adobe InDesign CS6
Learn by Video
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Prerequisites
CIS105 or BPC110 or permission of instructor

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

Course Description
Use of Adobe InDesign to compose and print textual and graphic materials of high quality. Includes word processing of copy, use of graphics programs, layout of design elements, printing alternatives, and file formats.

In this course you will work through project lessons of the textbook and then produce a Final Project consisting of either a Newsletter or a Tri-fold Brochure. You also get to choose the Topic of the Final Project (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 CS6 or CC 2017 or CC 2018 etc... If you buy a used book, make sure it comes with the lesson files. You may also use the online text versions if you like as well.

Required Video Material
You will have access to video tutorial resources through Lynda.com that you will access to supplement your instruction. The link will be provide for you in Canvas.

Lesson Files
The lesson files come on a CD with the text, but for those of you using an ebook or who have lost the lesson files CD that comes with the text, here is a link to the files for CS6: http://www.peachpit.com/ebookfiles/0133005879

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. Describe the components, techniques, and purposes of desktop publication.
  2. Configure the application environment including the necessary operating system, word processor, graphics software, and layout program.
  3. Compose and print single page layout.
  4. Prepare bit-mapped, object, and scanned graphics.
  5. Create properly formatted text files using an appropriate word processor.
  6. Produce layouts incorporating graphic elements.
  7. Make multiple-page layouts demonstrating mastery of layout principles.
  8. Utilize transparency, effects, and layers.
  9. Assemble various documents from templates and/or models.
  10. Create a Portable Document Format (PDF) document.

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.

Assignments
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. Late assignments will be docked 10%. If you are unable to get your assignment in during a given week, but are still planning on continuing the course, you need to post a note in the discussion forum that you will be getting the assignment in as soon as you can and that you are still active in the class.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 (YourUsername@maricopa.edu). 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, flash.johnson@gccaz.edu. 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 My.maricopa.edu. 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, flash.johnson@gccaz.edu.


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.