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General Course Information for MUL370: Digital Interactivity

Course: MUL370 - Digital Interactivity
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: Hands-on introduction in the basics of web interactivity along with its potential for e-business, entertainment and education. Apply aesthetic and usability criteria to visual, textual and aural components integrated into interactive presentations, games and instructional media. Engage in the exploration of the technological constraints of Web delivery, interactive design, composition and media integration techniques.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify technological constraints on web-based, interactive media.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in compression techniques and plug-in use. Apply aesthetic and usability criteria to the design and integration of interactive media.
  • Conduct usability testing of interactive media.
  • In Macromedia Director, demonstrate proficiency using basic tools, palettes, and Lingo.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MAJOR IN DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN
    • Apply the principles of graphic and information design in the generation of digital media projects.
    • Create active and interactive content with graphics, animation, sound and video using media authoring software.
    • Demonstrate oral, visual, and written communication skills with clients, project managers, and media production team members.
    • Describe and implement the phases of media production, from the initial planning to the final delivery of a professional product.
    • Examine current trends and key technologies in the media industry.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
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URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures