Syllabus and Expectations
Somerset Berkley Regional High School
2015-2016 Syllabus & Expectations
Graphics Engineering I
This is a laboratory environment. Lecture, visual aids, discussion, Internet, and software tools are used as a vehicle for student discovery, problem solving, design, and engineering.
This course uses an applied science approach. Every effort is made to utilize the available technology to replicate engineering in the real world. There is a strong focus on art and design in each assignment involving engineering and communication.
This is an introductory course into the world of graphic engineering and design. This facility at Somerset High School will allow students to utilize the latest version of Microsoft Office 2003 (Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher). Students will be introduced to creating and modifying images in Adobe Photoshop. Students will be introduced to the Color Savin Laser copier/scanner/printer and several digital imaging techniques. They will use the available equipment in the room such as cutting, binding, and folding machines. Students will be challenged to research the characteristics of graphic products and investigate the design, costs, styles, and associated components in product design, advertizing distribution, and copyright considerations.
Students will develop an understanding of design elements and principles. They will have an understanding of communication through the use of images, text, and other visual mediums. Students will receive basic instruction in several computer graphics programs. Students will demonstrate learning through lab projects, presentations, research assignments, engineering reports, and reflections. Students will be expected to discuss and critique their work in engineering groups. They will be expected to problem solve and explain their design decisions.
You have signed up to take this course at level 1, 2, or 3. Level 1,2, and 3 students will (in most cases) work on the same projects. Each semester, Level I students are expected to complete their regular assignments on time in addition to independent assignments. These assignments could include: additional projects, web sites, written work, lesson development, etc. Level 3 students are (in most cases) responsible for the same work with consideration to the length of time allowed to complete assignments and additional modifications as needed.
Students will be expected to maintain a portfolio of their work via a Weebly web site.
Projects and writing assignments will be measured against rubrics. These include:
PART: 35% (Daily effort & participation)
PRJ: 45% (Graphics publications)
REF: 20% (Quizzes, homework, written
work, engineering reports)
CLASS RULES AND EXPECTATIONS:
In order to receive a "4" each day for class participation, you must arrive on time and work the entire class period
1)NO CELL PHONES. You are seated in front of a computer screen. There is absolutely no reason to have a cell phone out in class. Phones will be kept out of sight. If it becomes an issue I will have you place your phone on my desk in order to be marked "present."
2) Music- You may plug headphones into the computer during independent work time. Do NOT have headphones in at the beginning or end of class when instructions are reviewed OR during project introductions.
Keep one ear bud in and one out to enable you to hear instructions, alarms, etc.
Do NOT spend your time changing songs or creating playlists.
3) NO FOOD- there is NO food allowed during class under ANY circumstances. Not only is this a cleanliness issue, there are many students with severe allergies. NO FOOD AT ANY TIME.
4)Beverages- You may have water in a re-sealable container. This will stay in your bag at the front of the room. No water near your computer work station.
5)Punctuality- Arrive to class on time and avoid absences. Sickness does happen but make it a habit to arrive to both school AND Graphics class on time. You are allowed TWO days to make work up for EXCUSED ABSENCES ONLY.
6) Conversation- Keep it school appropriate. Know that you are one of 24 people in the room and even if it looks like other students and myself can't hear you, often times we can. Remember "What you talk about with other people says a lot about you" so make it good : )
UNIT I : Safety, Rules, Expectations
Internet safety- Acceptable Use form
UNIT 2: Single Page Publications
Intro to Design elements and Principles
Intro to MS Publisher
Unit 3: Single Sheet Publications
UNIT 4: MULTI-PAGE PUBLICATIONS
Recipe-book (recipe pages)
UNIT 5: COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS