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Adobe® Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a Book
ISBN Web 13: 978-0-321-61834-4
Available online via UNT Library (use your EUID for access)


This course will focus on using Adobe Photoshop since it is currently an industry standard.

The normal sales price for this software is $999, so the student price is an $800 discount.

Since this is a Maymester 3wk course, you can download the Photoshop CS5 Free Trial and use it for 30 days.



Course Description

Application of computer graphics to the preparation and presentation of mediated materials. Includes principles of graphics communication, concepts in computer graphics, graphics input systems, graphics manipulation software and graphics output systems.

Course Requirements

There will be assigned homework problems. Design projects will require the students to spend time at the computer. To plan a minimum of six to nine hours a week (in a normal semester) of outside preparation is a safe time allocation for successfully completing this course.

Server Space

The course will be using for assignment upload and presentation. The instructor will provide additional details on using the server.

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Course Topics and Objectives

The goal of this course is to prepare students in the mechanics and design of computer-based graphic images. This course is a necessary foundation for those interested in developing multi-media, web pages, or computer presentations. The course will emphasize the importance of various file format mechanics and how those file formats influence presentation outcomes.

The content of the course will emphasize basic design techniques, use of color, fonts, artwork, etc to enhance the intended message. The student will demonstrate mastery of the concepts by creating images and other products. While the course should not be considered a "how to do" power point or photoshop, these applications will be the primary tools used in the course along with some others. It should be noted that the course is not a message design course, but it is a course that will require mastery of the design of graphic messages.

Other topics will include text design, image acquisition and manipulation, format conversions, 3D graphics, and others as time allows.

  1. Create computer graphic projects utilizing accepted design practices.
  2. Describe major color theories related to computer graphics.
  3. Describe the difference between vector and bitmapped graphics.
  4. Identify various graphic file formats.
  5. Convert one graphic format to another.
  6. Demonstrate competence in the design of text for computer graphics.
  7. Demonstrate competence in the application of text, clip art, and photo images.
  8. Demonstrate competence in the manipulation of photo images.
  9. Create graphics related to Internet and web applications.
  10. Create cell animation.
  11. Create graphics appropriate for inclusion in printed documents, screen backgrounds, and web pages.
  12. Be able to share (upload and download) graphic files using secure means.


The class lectures will cover the assigned reading materials. Selected topics and assigned projects will also be discussed in class.

A total of 100 points for the course will be allocated as follows

4 Quizs 40 points
4 Assignments 60 points
Total100 points

Letter grades will be the higher grade resulting from the following two standards:

>=90ATop 10%A
>=80<90BNext 20%B
>=70<80CNext 40%C
>=60<70DNext 20%D
<=59FLast 10%F


  1. Homework will result in projects uploaded for review to the course server. Projects are expected to contain the elements required in the assignment. See the assignments for full details and requirements.
  2. This course uses a hybrid-mastery learning approach*. Thus, students get more than one opportunity to show that they can master the materials required in assignments. Students may choose to redo assignments that do not meet 100% of the assignment requirements at the due date.
    • Assignments are due on the date assigned.
    • Assignments that are not present (no project) will be assigned a grade of 0 (zero) and cannot be redone.
    • Assignments that are present, but do not meet 100% of the requirements will be assigned a grade of 50% (grade points to be rounded down).
    • Students may elect to correct assignments and resubmit for a re-grade. Resubmits are available as follows:
      • Assignment 1, 2, and 3 - one time
      • Assignment 4 - no redos
    • All assignment redos must be resubmitted by the time of the next assignment due date, unless the student has made prior arrangements with the instructor.
    • Resubmitted homework when corrected and meets the assignment requirements will count 80% of the original points (grade points to be rounded down).
    • Resubmitted assignments are typically graded with the next due assignment, except for the final project assignment. There is no redo for the final project assignment.
    • Discussion Assignments
    • Assignment Postings are due the day of the assignment due date. No redos are allowed on assignment postings.
    • Replies to assignment postings can be made up to two days after the due date of the assignment. Note: Assignment 4 has one day of replies available.
    • Discussion postings can be made before the due date of the discussion assignment.
  3. Any assignments not turned in by the date of the final assignment will be assigned a grade of zero, unless the student has made prior arrangements with the instructor.
  4. Students are encouraged to carefully check the logic and the output of their programs before submitting them for review and grading.

Meeting Information

The instructor will schedule online sessions as needed during the course.

Class Attendance

Participation and punctuality are professional behaviors expected. Educational or Instructional technology is not "doing computer projects" - it is much more. Hence, you need to be involved in class discussions and learning activities.

Due dates, for all assigned materials, will be announced in advance. Changes, on the assignment's requirements or due dates may be announced at later dates, in class forums, therefore reading the class forums is required. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with these updates and to have all assignments ready on time.

You must notify your instructor in advance if any exam is to be missed. If an exam is missed without prior notification, 20% will automatically be deducted from the exam grade.

Academic Ethics

Students are expected to create and edit their own assignments and take tests without outside assistance. This is a programming class and it is acceptable to ask for help from others after you have put forth significant effort to debug written code that is not working correctly and when testing your software. However, asking for help in debugging does not mean you have someone rewrite your code. All work is expected to be your own. Cheating and disciplinary action for cheating is defined by the UNT Policy Manual Code for Student Conduct and Discipline. Cheating is an act of academic dishonesty. It is defined and is to be handled as follows:

"Plagiarism and cheating refer to the use of unauthorized books, notes, or otherwise securing help in a test; copying tests, assignments, reports, or term papers; representing the work of another as one's own; collaborating without authority, with another student during an examination or in preparing academic work; or otherwise practicing scholastic dishonesty."

Although there are other possibilities, you should expect that the penalty that will be assigned for such infractions will include a failing grade in the course and a recommendation that you be denied a degree. You are expected to conform to all policies of the University of North Texas and work within the honor code.

As defined by the United States Copyright Act, it is your responsibility to clearly identify all elements in your work that are not "original works of authorship". You are expected to strictly obey the provisions of all laws of the United States and the State of Texas in the completion of all course activities, taking particular notice of the provisions of the United States Copyright Act (Title 17 United States Code). This law provides that you may legally use, within certain limitations, certain copyrighted materials in the context of research and scholarship. Do not confuse your ability to legally copy materials under the "fair use" provisions of the Copyright Act with the ability to claim that such a copy is an original work of authorship.

For more information on academic dishonesty, please refer to your current student catalog.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance

The Department of Learning Technologies complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act in making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. This university will adhere to all applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student's responsibility to contact the faculty member outside of class to make any arrangements involving special accommodations.

EEO/ADA on Discrimination

The University of North Texas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or disabled veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies. In addition to complying with federal and state equal opportunity laws and regulations, the university through its diversity policy declares harassment based on individual differences (including sexual orientation) inconsistent with its mission and educational goals. Direct questions or concerns to the equal opportunity office, (940) 565-2456, or the dean of students, (940) 565-2648. TDD access is available through Relay Texas: (800) 735-2989.

For more information on EEO/ADA, please refer to your current student catalog.

Mastery Learning Note

As discussed above, this class uses a hybrid mastery learning approach. As students take the course they are given assignments which allow them to show their mastery of the materials being covered. In a pure mastery learning approach, we would hold off on proceeding to the next assignment until all students had shown mastery and at worse case, students falling behind would be held back until a later course. Since this isn't possible in a college course, this hybrid approach expects students to meet the goals of each assignment and then grades are assigned based on their mastery. Students can then decide if they wish to improve their mastersy (as reflected in their grade) or continue on to the next assignment to show their level of mastery on the next assignments content. While the assignments build on one another, students can show less mastery in one assignment and still show better mastery in a proceeding assignment.