The study of professional design presentation and the processes, tools, and media used. Problem definition, visual organization, incorporating visual identity, integrating word and image, information design and design for interactive media.

Prerequisites: DGET3300 (Graphical Kinematics and Animations) and DGET3400 (Technical Illustration and Documentation I).


Instructor: KARL B. OSTLER
Phone: 801-927-2206
Web Page: The Instructor may choose to add a class homepage at a later date
Office Hours: Prior to class and by arrangement
Time & Room: 4:30 to 6:00 pm, Tuesday and Thursday, Room/Lab ET101


Online research, various handouts will be provided, and application tutorials


The Exceptional Presenter: A Proven Formula to Open Up and Own the Room by Timothy J. Koegel (Hardcover - May 1, 2007) around $15.



Multimedia: Makint it Work, Seventh Edition by Tay Vaughn (Paperback - 2008) around $60.




3ds Max 9 Bible by Kelly L. Murdock (Paperback - Jan 30, 2007) around $35. (3ds Max Bible "other version" is acceptable).


Course Materials: Provide your own method for backing up your data (zip disks, CD, thumb drives, etc.), a 10pk of CD-R or other recordable Compact Discs, vinyl sheet protectors with protective CD sleeves along with a loose leaf binder (for turning in assignments or for collecting data and keeping a class journal). You will need use of a digital still camera, digital video camera, scanner, and/or other means of bringing in your own digital images into your assignments. Please search for one to beg or borrow for your use if you don’t already have one (or make arrangements with me otherwise)..

Assignments 50%- Various lab work sheets will be assigned, expect about 8
Projects 30%- 3 individual work projects with presentations required
Quizzes Will not be required unless course progress merits it
Midterm Will not be required unless course progress merits it
Final Exam 10%- Comprehensive with open book/notes or presentation/project
Misc./Other 10%- Class attendance, participation with class critiques and class notes

Grading will be on a modified curve – with the class high score being considered 100% and a grade breakdown of the following:

100 to 93 % = A 92 to 90 % = A- 89 to 87 % = B+ 86 to 83 % = B
82 to 80 % = B- 79 to 77 % = C+ 76 to 73 % = C 72 to 70 % = C-
69 to 67 % = D+ 66 to 63 % = D 62 to 60 % = D- Below 60 % = E

An Incomplete can only be given in extraordinary circumstances.

Late Policy: Lab assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day that they are due. Late assignments will be penalized 5 % per class period it is late. Because of the nature of the projects and with class critique opportunities, projects that are late will be penalized a minimum of 25 % and projects more than two weeks late will not be accepted. Quizzes (if applicable) can not be made up. Midterm and final (if applicable) may not be taken early or taken late unless prior arrangements have been made. Exceptions to this policy are made only in extreme situations and must be cleared through the instructor (a vacation or simple day off does not qualify as “extreme” situation). At times due to inclement weather please do not take unnecessary risks, the late policy may be relaxed if class is canceled.

Class Procedures: Generally we will meet as a class in the lecture room at the beginning of each class time. Questions about the assignment or the labs are welcomed. Demonstrations and presentations on the topics will follow the questions. If time allows, there will be additional time spent in the lab afterwards in which I will be available to help with assignments.

Class Preparation: Expect to be spending additional time for any research, time for reading, and lab time on your own to complete the assignments and work on your projects (typically 10 hours per week).

Attendance: It is imperative that you attend class and budget your time to be prepared and stay current on covering the class material covered during absences regardless of the reason for the absence. Come to class punctual and prepared. Attendance will be taken on days that class participation is required (such as when other students have presentations).

Submitting Assignments: Assignments are to be turned in with the proper format. Generally a printout of a rendering is required. This serves as a cover sheet for the assignment. Two copies of the cover sheet will be required, one to be graded and returned, the other to be retained by the instructor (along with CD if applicable). The assignments shall be submitted with the necessary printout in hard copy and electronic files on CD, combined in a secure sheet protector. Be sure to make the printout copy as professional looking as possible with a title block including name, date, and assignment, and that CD containing the electronic files is also appropriately labeled (including the location of the file or files that are representative of the assignment).

Class Critiques: For each project assigned, a class period will be set aside for the purpose of holding a class critique. Students should come to class prepared to present their own project in a suitable manner for the class to observe as well as prepared to make comments and participate in any class discussion towards the other student projects.

Ethics: Each student is expected to maintain high standards of ethical behavior. Each assignment must represent the individual students best efforts. You are encouraged to work together in the lab, share knowledge and methodologies, but not the work (unless class projects which may be assigned otherwise). You are also encouraged to seek outside research information such as topic books and Internet web sites. However you may not copy whole methods or files form someone else, from a book or from the internet, nor may you exchange or share files in any electronic format for the purpose of accomplishing an assignment. If this or any other dishonesty is demonstrated, you will fail this course. If you have any question about what is acceptable and not acceptable, assume it is not acceptable until you have instructor’s approval.

Disclaimer: This syllabus is subject to change at any time. Alterations made in class shall supersede this document.

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