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Course Description

This is the second of two capstone courses in the Multimedia Communication track of the Professional Writing Minor. At the end of this course, you’ll have a professional website with your writing and multimedia projects in a variety of genres representing the range of work that you’ve done as a Writing Minor, as a student in other courses, and as an intern.

The assignments in the course ask you to engage in activities that will help you improve as a writer in print and multimedia; specifically, you’ll be asked to

  • learn HTML and CSS in order to design and code standards-compliant websites;
  • compose and design a professional website to showcase your work;
  • create one or more multimedia projects;
  • apply and articulate design principles for the web;
  • and continue developing facility with a variety of software programs.

The syllabus, schedule, assignments, readings, and resources for the course can be found on the Web at http://sorapure.net/155b. This website will be updated regularly.

Grades

The assignments for the course constitute your final grade, roughly as follows:

  • Professional Website: 50%
  • Multimedia Project: 25%
  • Final Project: 25%

Important Information

  • My office hours are Mondays from 12:30-2:30, but I’m on campus pretty much everyday and would be happy to meet with you. Just send me an email to set up a time to meet.
  • Our class meets from 11:00-12:15 in Phelps 1518.
  • Because much of the work of the course will be done during class time, your attendance and participation are very important. You are allowed two absences; after that, your final grade will be lowered by one grade for each absence (e.g., if you are absent 3 times, an A becomes an A-; if you are absent 4 times, an A becomes a B+).
  • If you arrive late to class, I count that as half an absence.
  • Remember that even if you are absent you are responsible for any work that is done during class and for any assignments that are given or are due during class. Call a classmate, call me, send me an e-mail, or come by my office during my office hours to find out what you missed.
  • The syllabus specifies the date and time that assignments are due. Late assignments will be accepted but their grade will be reduced for each late day. For example, a project that would have gotten an A if it was turned in on time will get an A- later that day or one day late, a B+ two days late, a B three days late, and so on.
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you plagiarize on any of the assignments you will fail the class and will be subject to disciplinary action by the University.

Campus Resources

  • Food/housing insecurity: If you are facing any challenges securing food or housing, you are urged to meet with a Food Security Peer Advisor, who is aware of the broad variety of resources that UCSB has to offer (see their drop-in hours at food.ucsb.edu). Please visit food.ucsb.edu for additional resources including Calfresh, the AS Food Bank, and more.
  • UCSB Answers  has a list of resources that can help if you’re experiencing food insecurity, housing insecurity, financial difficulties, or other concerns related to your mental, physical, or social well-being.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers counseling, self-help information and connections to off-campus mental health resources. They also offer help in stress management. CAPS can be reached at 893-4411.
  • Disabled Students Program (DSP) (893-2668) provides academic support services to eligible students with temporary and permanent disabilities.
  • Also, I am always available to help via email, during my office hours, or by appointment.