SYLLABUS - Computer Applications III

Course Title and Number: CS 300 Computer Applications III 1.0 credit Instructor: Mrs. Gallagher-Edlund
Class Location: D100
Email: kagallagher@lancaster.k12.pa.us
Telephone: 717-396-6810
Time available for Conference: after school


COURSE DESCRIPTION
Prerequisite: Completion of Computer Applications II or approval by instructor

Students will explore careers in technology, as well as other occupations, taking a career test and researching careers for their future. Students will learn web design and use Microsoft Publisher to create a very simple web site. Part of the class will also be devoted to digital photography and composition of photos. Students will learn Picasa3 and PhotoShop Elements, both photo editing software. The students will also learn HTML, a program language that allows you to create web pages. The skills learned will be used to create a web site for competition in our local computer fair. The students will learn Adobe Dreamweaver, a sophisticated web authoring software that businesses use. They will use their web design skills to create web sites of various interest. The students will begin a unit using Flash, creating animations to be used in their web sites.


COURSE OBJECTIVES 

1. Students will use websites to take a career test and research careers for their future.
2. Students will be able to use the following Microsoft Office Programs proficiently : Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, and use it with appropriately with their projects.
3. Students will learn to create a website using Publisher, but will realize that this is not as sophisticated as Adobe Dreamweaver.
4. Students will learn Adobe Dreamweaver MX 2004 and will create web sites.
5. Students will learn HTML coding, the code that is used to create web sites without software. Their knowledge of this code will enhance their understanding of Adobe Dreamweaver.
6. Students will learn the basics of photo composition and taking digital photos.
7. Students will learn 2 photo editing tools, Picasa 3, which is a Web 2.0 tool and Photoshop elements, a more sophisticated editor. They will learn the concepts of cloning, cropping, and editing photos to create projects.
8. Students will learn the basics of Adobe Flash CS4 to create an animated cartoon.
9. Students will be able to use various peripherals including scanners, digital cameras and microphones. They will be able to save the images and sound files and incorporate them into their projects.
10. Students will develop skills necessary to make decisive decisions about projects and how to complete them using the required computer programs.
11. Students will demonstrate self-confidence and the commitment needed to mastering the use of the computer.
12. Students will compete in a local computer fair held for the school. If they win in their category, they will continue on to the district level., competing among the county schools.


WORKS STUDIED IN COURSE

Aho, Kirsti. Macromedia Studio MX 2004. Boston: Macromedia, Inc. 2004.

Abrams, Arnie. Learn Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 in a Day. Oregon: Visions Technology
in Education, 2003.


Hamm, Evans. Introduction to Web Design using Dreamweaver. New York.: McGraw Hill Glencoe.
2007.





Tentative Time Line of Study 
September 7 - September 14 Careers in Computers
Students will use a career site to explore careers in technology
September 7 to May Web Design
Students will be learning different design principles of web pages. You will learn about visual concepts, page layout, navigation tools, and principles of graphic design. You will be learning these principles throughout the year as you work on web sites and graphics.

September 18 to October 30 Microsoft Publisher
Students will create web pages using Microsoft Publisher. They will learn how to work with a template, add graphics, create links to other pages, as well as to other sites, and to upload their pages to the web.


November 1 –January 22 Photoshop Elements/Digital Camera
Students will learn the principles of taking a good photo. They will learn to use a digital camera while working in Picasa2, a basic photo program. Photoshop Elements will be taught so the students know how to edit photos. Editing skills taught will be cropping, blurring an image, panoramic views, red eye reduction, changing colors and merging photos, using filters and text effects.

January Midterm Assessments
Information to be announced
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January 25 – Feb. 19 HTML
Students will learn the programming language in HTML. This is a coding language for web sites. They will create several programs which will be web sites that could be uploaded. Learning this language will help when using Dreamweaver.

February 1 – March 4 Web site Project for Computer Fair
Students will do an interdisciplinary unit for another class. This project will be submitted in the Computer Fair and will be judged. The winners will go onto the District fair..


March 6–April 29 Adobe Dreamweaver MX 2004
Students will learn Adobe Dreamweaver, a web authoring software. The students will learn how to manage a site, create a home page, use hyperlinks, create tables, use a layout format, insert graphics that have been resized and edited in Photoshop, and use their web design principles to create web sites.



May 2– May 26 Flash
Students will learn an animation software, Flash. Students will learn how to set up a stage, use the Timeline for their animations, how to work with layers, use the drawing tools, and use the Property inspector to modify an object’s properties.

June Projects
Students will work on projects for other classes using skills learned in Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash and Photoshop Elements. They will be creating a web site for History Day, integrating work done in their Government and History classes
.

June Final Assessments



ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS: Assessments will be based on class activities, projects and exams. Project rubrics will be used as an assessment within the course. Midterms and finals will be given.

GRADING POLICY: A point system is used for Computer Applications III grading. Smaller assignments, such as homework, may be worth 10-30 points, small tests 20-50 points, and large exams and projects worth 50-100 points. Pop quizzes are possible. The quarterly grade will reflect the total points actually earned divided by the total possible points earned. Students may earn points for participating in class. This class includes a cumulative mid-term and final.