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MCOM 448 - Advanced Interactive Multimedia Design

TTh, 12:30 - 1:45, Jonas 207 Spring 2014
Instructor: Paul Kopco
Office: Jonas 108C
Office Hours:
  • Monday: 10:00 - 10:50 & 12 - 12:50
  • Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 - 10:50
Phone: 642-6503


None -- handouts will be supplied by the instructor



Grading Policies:

The following will determine the final grade:

Midterm exam - 20%
Final exam - 30%
Midterm project - 20%
Final project - 30%

As you can see, the midterm exam and project together are worth 40% of your final grade; the final exam and project together are worth 60%. This is based on the idea that you should know more at the end of the course than in the middle.

The midterm and final exams will be based on the chapter review questions which are accessible from the "exam review" tab at the top of this page. The chapters to be covered for the midterm and final exams are designated on the chapter review page. Each exam will consist of a web-based component and a hands-on project component, which will be averaged together for a composite exam grade. The exams are graded starting at 100%, the normal maximum if you answer all the questions correctly.

Participation in class is essential to success in this course. Students will be asked to discuss their own work as well as to critique the work of others.

Grading Scale: 10-point scale.
A=100-90, B=89-80, C=79-70, D=69-60, F=59-0

The class projects will be graded on:

Two major digital multimedia projects, involving the creation of sounds, music, and video elements, will be completed during the course for grading purposes. If you strictly follow the instructions and meet the requirements for the projects as stated below, as well as demonstrate acquired graphic design principles, you will receive a grade of A, but the lowest A (90%). The grade will decrease from there for every instruction not followed or requirement not met.

Projects will be due on announced dates. Five points will be deducted from the project grade for every class day late. It will be the student's responsibility to bring missed assignments to me on the day of return.

Course Schedule:

The focus of the class will be on learning and using digital multimedia software; and the development and creation of multimedia components including music, sounds, and video.

The pace of the class will be determined by how quickly the process of learning programs and developing projects goes. We don't want to compromise quality for speed, yet at the same time setting and meeting deadlines are all part of the process.

Students using the Mac labs at BHSU must follow these rules:

ADA Statement
Reasonable accommodations, as arranged through the Disabilities Services Coordinator, will be provided students with documented disabilities. Contact the BHSU Disabilities Services Coordinator, Mike McNeil, at 605-642-6099, (Jacket Legacy Room in the Student Union) or via email at for more information. Additional information can also be found at

Academic Freedom and Responsibility
Under Board of Regents and University policy student academic performance may be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled. Students who believe that an academic evaluation reflects prejudiced or capricious consideration of student opinions or conduct unrelated to academic standards should contact the chair of the department in which the course is being taught to initiate a review of the evaluation.

In this course you are expected to perform to the utmost of your abilities in an honest and sincere manner. Cheating & plagiarism will not be tolerated. Academic misconduct will be dealt with per SD Board of Regents regulations.

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