SCSU COMM 240 – Required work

Updated Jan. 5, 2017


Class with instructor Jannet Walsh, Spring 2017Send Email
Student Facebook Group – Closed group for students in COMM 240
Digital StorageFor Class Projects
Photo Gallery Sample  – Unsplash photos

TV Studio Handout Multimedia – Rules and Regulations

COMM 240 Schedule and Syllabus
Schedule and syllabus are subject to change.

Course Description – This course will introduce various forms of multimedia and their applications to the mass communications industry. Primarily we will explore the basics of web design and the use of digital video editing software. Students will use WordPress, Adobe Premiere, Photoshop and Dreamweaver to create projects. In addition, students will be introduced to the basics of Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).


  1. WordPress Project
    WordPress is a free and open source software used to make websites or blogs, released in 2003.  It’s a Content Management System, CMS, that allows you to use your web browser to manage your website. We will be using to build a simple website.
    Practice Photo Gallery – Download photo gallery file
    Getting Started with WordPress
     – WordPress Quick Start Guide
    Assignment and tutorial –  Go to WordPress Assignment
    Checklist for WordPress Assignment – WordPress Checklist
  2. HTML, CSS and First Web Pages Project – Combined with Civil Rights Website
    **This assignment combined with the Civil Rights Website assignment on Sept. 22, 2016.
    Students will be given an HTML file, the  home page of a simple responsive design website, along with photos, to update and create additional pages for a practice website using the proper tags for the various parts of the document, such as headings, paragraphs, quotes and more.
    Resources for Web Design and Dreamweaver –  Go to page
    Getting Started with HTML – Go to page
    Getting Started with CSS – Go to page
    Basic Web Design  – Go to page
    Banner ImageLearn how to size for web page
    How to compress website folder, required for delivery to D2L  – View now
    Assignment –  Go to the assignment
    ChecklistDownload checklist for website
    Website Folder only Download required website folder

    Reference website, what you will be making – Go to Website
    Social Media icons and more  – Go to the D2L
  3. Civil Rights Project – Combined with HTML CSS website, as of Sept. 22, 2016
    AboutStudents will choose from a provided list of  groups that have fought for civil rights in the United States.  Students will then research that group, in particular the leaders of their movement for equality.
    Applications –  Using Adobe Dreamweaver Creative Cloud, students will create their own website using best practices.  This project will use Bootstrap from one of the Dreamweaver themes that is ready to use. Student will prepare photos to use  on their website in friendly formats using Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud.
    Banner ImageLearn how to size for web page
    How to compress website folder, required for delivery to D2L  – View now
    Civil Rights Demonstration SiteGo to website now!
    Version Two – Civil Rights Demonstration SiteGo to website now!
    Civil Rights Project filesDownload website folder
    Civil Rights Assignment – View now
  4. Video Editing Project – iPad and iMovie mobile app and Adobe Premiere Pro
    About the Video Editing
     Project –  
Students will practice using non-linear editing software given several media clips. Students will then create a short interpretive video with the provided material, with the emphasis on careful and creative editing and synchronization.
    Assignment – Go to Assignment
    Video Guides – Go to video guides, tutorials and reference 
    Unlisted Video – How to make YouTube video unlisted
  5. Introduction Video (Cancelled for fall 2016)
    About – 
    Students will shoot, edit and produce a video creating a short introduction video.  The emphasis is on using the camera, tripod and microphone. Students will learn how to adjust music and audio levels. Students work with partners for this project or alone. 
    Note: One  video for each person in your group.
    Assignment – Go to Assignment
  6. Camera Shots VideoEliminated, April 2, 2016
  7. Video Final project – Deadline:  December 2, 2016, end of day, 11:59 p.m., delivered to the D2LAssignment – Video Final Project
    TV Studio Handout – Studio Handout Multimedia
    Video Reference link – Useful while shooting on assignmentVideo Final Assignment
    Spring 2016

    • At least nine different camera shots – Students will shoot, edit and produce a video with at least nine difference camera shots using different angles, distances and shooting methods.  The emphasis is on using the camera, tripod and microphone.
    • Team or alone – Students work with partners for this project or alone.
    • Video length – The video is no less than one minute and no more than two minutes, with an ideal length of 1:30.
    • On Camera, not voiceover – The video must include at least one person on camera, in front of the camera, with properly recorded audio.
    • Audio – Students will learn how to adjust music and audio levels.
    • Legal use of music – Creative Commons or Public Domain music must be used beginning or introduction and end, with rolling or end title, with audio adjustments. Student’s own original music can be used, must prove you are the creator of the music.  Written permission and documentation must be provided if music is copyrighted.  Resources provided in assignment and syllabus for use of music you do not have the right to use.
    • Camera and editing – Must use the Panasonic AC 90, tripod, external microphone and head set.  Video is edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC. All requirements are listed below.  Visit Student Gallery
    • Video projects not created with the required Panasonic AC 90 or edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC will not be accepted.  An Incomplete will be given, then graded at the time of deadline.
    • Get Help – If you need help, ask the instructor for help with selecting a good location for the shoot or technical help.  Make sure you are ready to shoot, allow 5 to 10 minutes.