Communication and Media Studies 427

COMS 427: Advanced Web and Multimedia Production

Prerequisites: COMS 130 and COMS 230 and COMS 236 and COMS 326, or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3) One hour lecture, four hours laboratory

Theories of interactivity, information presentation and virtual reality; practice in the creation of advanced interactive publications, including audio, video and interactive animation for the World Wide Web and other digital media.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course surveys advanced Web software and production techniques with respect to mass media on the Web. The course begins with an overview of the Web and refresher sessions on HTML code, then deals in turn with digital imaging (including interactive and "virtual" imaging), audio, video, interactive animation, JavaScript and use of databases on the Web. Legal and ethical considerations in Web design and development are also emphasized in the course.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course is conducted as a lecture and lab combination course. The underlying theory involves visual design, information design, and interactive design. Most emphasis on the course is on student production of audio, video and interactive products for the World Wide Web.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. To understand the theories of good visual, information, and interactive design and to apply the theory to Web sites.
2. To understand the range of software applications that may be used for advanced Web Design. These would include (but not be limited to) HTML, XML, and scripting applications; digital imaging applications; audio, video and streaming server applications; and advanced interactive applications.
3. To develop ethically integrated Web sites with basic content accessible to all kinds of browsers (including Braille and voice synthesizing browsers).
4. To create outstanding Web sites by applying theory and ethical considerations and using the range of applications.


Assessment Measures

As an advanced lab course, assessment measures will tend to emphasize critique and review of exercises and projects over quizzes and exams. However, all assessment measures may be used in the course.


Other Course Information




Joe Flickinger, Chair