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GRC 383
Adv. Multimedia Design:
Video & Audio

Revised: February, 2015
Credits: 3
Instructor: Ed Nickel
Office: HTC 133
Phone: 753-2241 (office with voice mail)
E-mail: due to increased spam my email address will be provided the first day of class
Class Web Page: There is no required textbook for this class, however, you are required to buy Adobe Premiere Elements 13 which listed for $80 (as a student edition with Photoshop Elements) when I last revised this syllabus. You can buy Premiere Elements 13 alone but it costs $10.00 more. You might also want to get a book about this software, such as The Guide to Adobe Premiere Elements 13, ISBN 9781502359162, for about $25.00 or some other similar book but this is not required.


CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Covers planning, design, and creation of multimedia projects which include video and audio elements. Student will build on processes learned in prior classes to learn scene creation, transitions, voice over, digital music recording, sound effects, and other techniques. This course culminates in planning, creating, and presenting a project making use of the techniques learned. (Prerequisite: GRC 119, GRC 301, or CIT 303)

For this class you must buy Adobe Premiere Elements 13 for either the Windows PC or the Mac and have it installed no later that the 6th week of class. (I linked the student edition including Photoshop Elements available from Amazon for about $80 dollars as of the time I last revised this syllabus.) You can buy Premiere Elements alone but it costs $10 more. There is no required text for this class but there are several books about this software that you might find useful. However, I will provide all lesson instructions online.

Welcome to GRC 383, Advanced Multimedia Design. This course provides advanced level instruction concerning video and audio multimedia design with substantial hands on work. We will cover video techniques from digital videocam photography to clip selection, scene transitions, editing, and final rendering using Adobe Premiere. Audio techniques will be covered from both real-time recording and MIDI sequencing, through mixing and FX to final mix down. Both the audio and the video will be brought together in a final section involving the inclusion of voice overs, background sound tracks and other video enhancement with audio. Either GRC 119 or GRC 301 are required as prerequisite to GRC 383. You will need additional time each week outside of scheduled class time to complete assignments and to create your final project. Some of the computers available in the GBC High Tech Center have the software used in class for your use outside of class. If you have the necessary hardware and software, doing your assignments at home is acceptable.

The lesson readings, links to supplemental readings, and the most significant assignments are listed in the schedule below. Assignments are due the week after they have been assigned. Additional assignments may be given from time to time depending on class progress with due dates noted when the assignments are given. To complete assignments students may use open GBC computer labs at some of the GBC Centers or, if available, use your own computer and appropriate software.

I can be reached via WebCampus, at the phone number listed above, you can make an appointment to see me, or use my on-line office hours via Skype. My office hours are posted on my office door and on my website. The schedule of readings, assignments, homework, and tests is found below. Any additional assignments will be given through postings on this class's WebCampus site.

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: This class may be taught in a live classroom setting, online via WebCampus, or as a hybrid class. You are expected to participate in weekly discussions, exercises, as well as various quizzes, projects, and other class activities. The schedule of reading and assignments is found below. Additional assignments may be given verbally, as handouts in class, or via the WebCampus lesson modules.

When taught as an Internet based class, there are no traditional lectures, discussions, or labs. However, I plan to produce several multimedia media lessons which will be linked to this online syllabus for you to download. These lessons will be recorded in the audio or video formats, as appropriate, and can be reviewed using any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer or even some mp3 players. You are expected to keep up with the weekly chapter reading assignments from the books. In lieu of lectures I will create various posts and links to supplementary materials which you are also expected to review each week.

CLASS PARTICIPATION: In the on-line version of this class, you are expected to post at least one original discussion and one response to other classmates' posts every week and your posts should relate to some aspect of the material we are covering during each lesson or some related issue. In the live version you are expect to be similarly prepared for and participate in every class discussion. Whether live or online, participation in class discussion is a significant portion of your grade as it indicates how well you understand the concepts being covered.

INSTRUCTOR CONTACT: I can be reached either at my office phone number shown above or via the WebCampus email, you can drop in during my office hours, or make an appointment to see me at other times. Office hours are posted on my office door and on my web site. The schedule of reading assignments, homework and tests is found below. Additional assignments may be given verbally or as handouts in class.


The primary objective for this class is to provide students with a strong working knowledge of advanced video and audio multimedia concepts. Students who successfully complete this class should be capable of managing a multimedia project with multiple elements and seeing it through to a satisfactory conclusion. The more important topics to be covered in this class include:

  • evaluation of audience appropriate multimedia content
  • managing the multimedia creation process
  • ethical acquisition of content, e.g. copyright, subject clearances, etc.
  • using prerecorded content
  • recording original content
  • appraising the effectiveness of various media for different content

In order to achieve the major objectives of this class, which include learning to manage and complete a multimedia project, each student will create a project for exhibition at the end of the class. The final version of all students' projects will be published on the COT Department's web server for peer review by your classmates.

The successful student in this class will be able to:
  1. comprehend and apply proper ethical and legal principles to the acquisition of content, e.g. copyright, subject clearances, etc.;
  2. appraise the effectiveness of various media under differing circumstances;
  3. design, manage, and complete a multimedia project in a timely manner;
  4. analyze & use various media techniques for a specific application;
  5. apply advanced video and/or audio techniques to effective completion of a multimedia project.
Learner Outcome Assessments
Assessment Method Learner Outcomes
Class Discussion 1, 2, 4
Final Project 2, 3, 4, 5


GRADING POLICY: This is a letter grade class an A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=59% or less or W=Official Withdrawal if done before the withdrawal deadline. There is no curve in this grading scale. Your grade will be based 40% on class participation and discussion, 30% on your assignments, and 30% on the major project. All assignments are due by the beginning of the next class.

EXAM & QUIZ PROCEDURES: All exams and quizzes will be objective, e.g. true/false, multiple choice, fill-in the blank, etc, and will be conducted using GBC's web based learning system.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: The instructor must agree in advance to any excused absences unless there are strong extenuating circumstances. Three (3) unexcused absences can result in a failing grade, in an on-line class an absence is one week when you do not participate in class or contact the instructor.

OTHER POLICIES: The student rights & responsibilities policy stated in the current GBC Catalog apply to this class. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and can result in a failing grade. This syllabus is not a contract and is subject to reasonable changes as the class proceeds.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Great Basin College is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A qualified student must furnish current verification of disability. The Director of Services for Students with Disabilities will assist qualified students with disabilities in securing the appropriate and reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services. For more information or further assistance, please call (775) 753-2271.

CAMPUS SECURITY: GBC is committed to the safety of our students and has a duty to promote awareness and prevention programs for violence on campus under the Jeanne Clery Act as well as the Campus SaVE (Sexual Violence Elimination Act) and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), which are amendments to Clery. Acts of violence include, but are not limited to, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Acts of violence can occur on the physical campus or centers of GBC in addition to field placement sites, clinical practice settings, and other places where college or class activities occur. As well, the online environment at GBC is considered a GBC site. If you experience any incidence where your safety has been threatened or violated, or if you feel threatened or harassed, immediately report this to me, any center director, faculty, or staff member, or directly to the Director of Environmental Health, Safety & Security (775-753-2115) or the Vice President for Student Services (775-753-2282).


You should read and be prepared to discuss each week's topics at the beginning of each week. There will be significant hands on experiences relating to a number of these lessons.

Readings, Topics & Assignments by week:
(This schedule is subject to change based on class progress and other relevant factors.)
Week 1: Ethical issues, project timeline,
idea management & start your project
Handout 1
Week 2: Audio hardware & software Handout 2
Week 3: Recording, importing & editing audio Handout 3
Week 4: Intro to MIDI, FX & mixing audio formats Handout 4
Week 5: Audio hands-on exercises 1st project review
Week 6: Intro to video & multimedia Lesson 6
Week 7: Video hardware & software UI Lesson 7
Week 8: Planning, capturing & organizing assets Lesson 8
Week 9: Editing & transitions Lesson 9
Week 10: Titles & effects Lesson 10
Week 11: Animating stills & graphics Lesson 11
Week 12: Putting the video & audio together Lesson 12
Week 13: Render the final output Lesson 13
Week 14: Work on major project  
Week 15: Complete major project  
Week 16: Major project exhibition Final project review

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