Syllabus

GRDSN 142, Print Production

Spokane Falls Community College Mondays & Wednesdays
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Building 19, RM 202

Fall 2019 • 3 Credits

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Instructor: John Mujica

Contact Information

E-mail: John.Mujica@sfcc.spokane.edu Phone/Voicemail: 509.533.3717
Office Location:Building 19, 218D
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM, Tuesdays 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
& 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Thursdays 8:00 AM -9:00 AM & 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Prerequisites:

GRDSN 121 or permission of instructor.

Concurrent enrollment:

None.

Course Description:

This is an intermediate course in computer graphics and printing technology. Projects involve using industry standard computer applications to create and edit pixel and vector images, create page layouts, and prepare files for commercial printing. Emphasized are color management, printing technology, file preparation for multiple color printing, Acrobat PDF workflow, raster image processing, cross-application data exchange and file troubleshooting.

Required Texts:

There is a suggested but not required text for this class. Getting It Printed: How to Work With Printers and Graphic Imaging Services to Assure Quality, Stay on Schedule and Control Costs 4th Edition by Eric Kenly. We will reference Lynda.com. You can obtain a FREE Lynda.com account when you sign up for a library card through Spokane Public Library.

The class is comprised primarily of classroom instruction reinforced by ongoing in-class (Labs) and out-of-class (Homework) exercises, a midterm as well as a course final all of which count toward the final grade. Also contributing to your grade are Layout Reviews—one-on-one reviews of previous files created. This review and exercise count towards your final grade in this course. In addition, in-class participation and student professional conduct will be evaluated through a grading rubric / assessment.

Teaching / Learning Strategies:

Activities include but are not limited to:
  • Lectures
  • Exercises
  • Labs
  • Demonstrations
  • Videos
  • Quizzes
  • Tours
  • Midterm and Final Exam

Applications:
Adobe InDesign CC • Adobe Photoshop CC • Adobe Illustrator CCAcrobat Pro DC • Acrobat Distiller

Student Evaluation

The class is comprised primarily of classroom instruction reinforced by ongoing in-class (Labs) and out-of-class (Homework) exercises, a midterm as well as a course final all of which count toward the final grade. Also contributing to your grade are Layout Reviews—one-on-one reviews of previous files created. This review and exercise count towards your final grade in this course. In addition, in-class participation and student professional conduct will be evaluated through a grading rubric / assessment.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Students will identify the various types of printing processes.
  2. Students will analyze and troubleshoot files for print production
  3. Students will construct digital layout and graphic files for print using current industry standards.
  4. Students will use vector & raster art according to industry standards in documents to be printed on an offset press.
  5. Students will discuss the various models of digital colors and color management, and apply them to digital images for both print and web.
  6. Students will create PDF files for soft proofing, digital distribution, or offset press output.
  7. Students will prioritize sending files to a print provider with all necessary components and instructions.
  8. Students will plan and communicate with others in a graphic arts production environment.

Grading/Evaluation Policy

Your final grade is compromised of quizzes, midterm and final examinations. While exercises don't impact your grade the MUST be submitted in order to receive a final grade. Failure to not submit WILL result in the failure of the class. 

Exercises
Each week there will be a homework exercise. Exercises are graded as "complete" or "incomplete" basis. All homework exercises need to be completed in order to receive a final grade.

Quizzes - 50 pts.
At the beginning of each week there is a weekly quiz conducted on Canvas that covers the previous week's content; from lectures, exercises, tours, video and labs.

Midterm Examination – 25 pts.
The midterm examination will be conducted on Canvas and the questions will be pulled from the first half of the assigned quizzes.

Final Examination - 25 pts.
The final examination will be on Canvas and the questions will be pulled from the first and second half of the course quizzes.

Grading / Evaluation Points:
The status of submissions and grades will be maintained on Canvas.

0 - 20 = 0.0

20 - 30 = 0.5

30 - 40 = 1.0

40 - 50 = 1.5

50 - 60 = 2.0

60 - 70 - 2.5

70 - 80 = 3.0

80 - 90 = 3.5

90 - 100 = 4.0

Note: Some courses are in sequence. If you receive a failing grade in a course, you may have to come back the following year to complete the SFCC Graphic Design A.A.S. degree. This course syllabus is only for the quarter listed above and the faculty may make appropriate changes. Also, future syllabi for this course may be different.

Other Policies:

ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION

Class attendance is an important part of the course experience. Much of the course content is only available by attending class. You are responsible for obtaining any notes that you missed during an absence, either from a classmate or from the class website. Participation in class discussions, labs, and student professionalism are all factored into your classroom grade.

If you must miss a class, please notify your instructor, either by e-mail or in person, prior to class so arrangements can be made.

Attendance is equivalent to on the job training. Attendance is crucial to your progress and will be taken at the beginning of every class.

The attendance policy is as follows:
3 Credit Course: More than 6 absences = 0.0 (This equates to missing 3 weeks of class time)
Two late attendances = one absence

LATE WORK

All assigned exercises and projects are due either at the beginning of class (in the case of homework exercises and projects) or at the end of class (in the case of lab exercises) as specified by the course calendar. Late coursework will be accepted however, will be assessed accordingly according to the grading rubric established. Exercises are graded on a “complete” or “incomplete” basis. ALL exercises are to be completed by the end of the course. An extension due to extenuating circumstances such as health or other personal problems can be obtained by receiving permission from the instructor, either prior to or after the fact, by submitting appropriate written documentation to the college or by contacting the instructor directly. Please refer to the Spokane Falls Community College guidelines for further information.

Make-up Policy:
For an absence to be excused a student will need to communicate to their instructor via email prior to an absence. Students need to complete any work missed by the next class period, or by instructor arrangement. If the above criteria are not met the absence will be applied to the attendance policy.

FAITH & CONSCIENCE ABSENCE POLICY

Community Colleges of Spokane will grant reasonable accommodation so that grades are not impacted for students who are absent for reasons of faith or conscience, or for an organized activity conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization. Such absences must be requested in writing on the Class Absence Request form within two weeks of course start. There are no additional fees associated with this request.

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LAB POLICIES

Cell phones must be turned to silent mode during class. If a call must be answered, take the call outside of the classroom and student work spaces. Lab workstations should only be used for class work—Web browsing, e-mail, game play, online video-watching, instant messaging and other non-class related computer activities should be reserved for other computers on campus. Expect the lab computers to be turned off during certain lectures throughout the quarter. No food or drink are allowed in the computer labs.

ACADEMIC HONESTY

The presentation of another individual’s work as one’s own or the act of seeking unfair academic advantage through cheating, plagiarism or other dishonest means are violations of the college’s “Student Rights and Responsibilities.”

See College catalog or public Web site for definitions and violation penalties at http://libguides.spokanefalls.edu/faculty/Preventing_Plagiarism

DIVERSITY

We are a college community enriched by the diversity of our students, staff, and community members. Each individual and group has the potential to contribute in our learning environment. Each has dignity. To diminish the dignity of one is to diminish the dignity of us all.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Accommodations are collaborative efforts between students, faculty, and Disability Services. If you have already been approved for accommodations and requested them for this term, both you and I receive a Letter of Accommodation by e-mail. It is important that we discuss the accommodations as early in the term as possible. Students who believe they are eligible for accommodations but who have not yet obtained approval through Disability Services should phone 509-434-5162, e-mail dss@sfcc.spokane.edu, or go to the office in Bldg. 17, Room 201.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

It is the policy of Spokane Falls Community College and its Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, citizenship status, pregnancy and related conditions, family relationship, veteran’s status, disabilities and tobacco usage in any educational programs, activities or employment. ADVISING AND COUNSELING Academic advising is available for any student and is required for all first year, degree or certificate seeking students. Meeting with an advisor can help clarify your academic and life goals, choose classes that prepared you for a career, and/or identify transfer options. Instructors are also available to discuss class, degree, and career options.

COLLEGE ADDRESS

DSS/SFCC MS 3011
3410 W Fort George Wright Dr.
Spokane, WA 99224

Note: This course syllabus is only for the quarter listed above and the faculty may make appropriate changes. Also, future syllabi for this course may be different.

Revised 9/17/2019

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