Syllabus and Class Policies

Course Outline
In this course, you will learn the basics of today’s industry-standard publishing software; Adobe InDesign CS6 and, Content Management System. We will also touch upon Microsoft PowerPoint for presentations.

Please note that this course is unlike most others in the program. There will be a huge amount of material covered. Weekly quizzes, assignments and readings will be the key to your success.


  1. Adobe Indesign CS6 Classroom in a Book, Adobe Press, 21012.
  2. Matt Beck & Jessica Neuman Beck, WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Edition), Peachpit Press, 2011.
  3. Flash drive 2GB+
  4. Supplemental readings, and resources posted in SAKAI
  5. Class Blog:

Learning Goals
By the end of the course,you will be able to:

  1. Identify and define computer graphics/design terminology;
  2. Integrate graphics and type using Adobe InDesign.
  3. Use Adobe InDesign to create documents of varying sophistication;
  4. Create a website integrating words, images, and hyperlinks using WordPress
  5. Publish a basic WordPress website
  6. Begin to understand basic HTML – the main language for creating web pages

Class Structure

  • Activities / Discussion: Important material from the text and outside sources will be covered in class. You should plan to take careful notes as not all material can be found in the texts or readings.
  • Unit Projects: Any combination of readings, skill exercises and design projects will be assigned on a weekly basis to help support and supplement material found in the lessons.
  • Quizzes: Weekly quizzes will be given to help ensure students keep up with assigned material.
  • Midterm and Final Projects: Students are required to complete two major projects that demonstrate competency for each half of the course).


  • Weekly Quizzes: 15%
  • Unit Projects: 40%
  • In-Class / Blog Participation: 15%
  • Midterm Project: 15%
  • Final Project: 15%

Course Policies
Quizzes: Quizzes will be given at the beginning of class. Missed or late quizzes cannot be made up under any circumstances but with good cause and adequate notice, an early quiz may be given. One quiz (lowest score) will be dropped at the end of the semester.

Absences: Attendance is mandatory! We cover too much material in class to make it up. You are permitted one excused absence in a once a week class. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class. Final grades will be docked after that. Three tardy arrivals = 1 absence. You are responsible for obtaining any material distributed on class days when you were absent. This can be done through contacting a classmate or the instructor.

Assignments: The weekly assignment sheets will define the parameters of each assignment including dimensions and print specifications. If there are any questions about assignments please contact the professor 72hrs before the assignment is due.

>>Assignments are due by midnight on the Sunday before class<<

Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date due. Assignments submitted after the beginning of class will be issued a 10% penalty. An additional 10% will be deducted for each day after the due date.

Technology: This is a software class, therefore we will be using the computers in class every week. No surfing the web, checking your email or facebooking during class time.

Please turn your cell phones OFF or to a silent mode before class. Do not text during class. Any students distracted by phone/internet will see it reflected in their participation grade.

Academic Dishonesty: It is illegal and unethical to use someone else’s work without properly crediting the source. If you are not sure where that line is between needing to credit a source or not or between quoting, paraphrasing, and original language, or between imitating and copying an existing piece of work, please ask me in advance or err on the side of over-citing. If I discover that you’ve plagiarized material for this class, I will follow the University’s policy for violations of academic integrity (see the UB Student Handbook), the consequences of which can include failing the course and expulsion from the University of Baltimore.
Digital Design Studio As part of this course each student has paid a lab fee. This allows students access to the Digital Design Studio (LAP204).

The hours this semester are as follows:
Mon. 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Tue. 11:00am – 11:00pm
Wed. 11:00am – 11:00pm
Thu. 11:00am – 11:00pm
Fri. 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sat. 10:00pm – 6:00pm

It is university policy that professors will communicate with students through their UB email addresses only. Please check (or forward it – info on myub) daily.

Virtual Office Hours
I’m available online via Adobe Connect

Tue. 9am – 3pm
Thu. 4pm – 7pm

*I am always available via email and will respond to your queries within 24 hours.

*Digital Design Studio assistants are there to help if you are stuck on a task. The assistants, however, are not tutors. They cannot sit with you and teach you the software. If you would like extra assistance with the software outside of class, please contact the Academic Learning Center where tutors are available for free:

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