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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EXP 1015"
COURSE NAME: "Media Production Workshop"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Brian Thomson
EMAIL: brthomson@johncabot.edu
HOURS: F 2:00-6:00 PM [Course meets on: February 1, February 8, March 22 and March 29]
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 15
CREDITS: 1
PREREQUISITES:
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This media production workshop is designed to enable students to develop new projects or finish an incomplete project developed during their coursework at JCU. Examples include shooting new scenes for a video; producing a podcast based on a script written in Writing Across the Media; shooting a short video based on a project developed in a creative writing class; working on sound design, color correction or editing for a video; editing images for a photojournalism project; or expanding and updating a video essay. The course is supervised by a faculty with technical expertise to help with production issues (editing, sound, color correction, etc.) and will follow each student’s individualized learning plan.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
Students in the course may choose one of two "tracks". In the TV Studio track, students will learn how to work in a live TV production environment by getting hands-on experience with video switching, audio mixing, camera operation, green screen, and motion graphics. The class will culminate in shooting a short episode of a program for JCUTV. In the Project track, the course content will be determined by the requirements of the media project and the needs of the student.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
By the end of the class students in the TV Studio track will be able to:
Operate the cameras in the TV Studio
Capture clean audio using a variety of microphones and techniques
Mix audio and vision on the fly with a video switcher
Actively produce content for JCUTV independently or in the Production Practicum
TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Final projectThe course is designed to assist students in the preparation of a media project and/or to prepare them for work in the Television Studio. For the former, progress on the individual project will be assessed. For the latter, there will be an in-class shooting exercise. 100

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
This is a short, intensive course: attendance at all sessions is required for a passing grade.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

The TV Studio track of the course will have sessions devoted to pre-production, production, and post-production in a multicamera studio environment. Independent projects will finalize a schedule during the first meeting of the class.