Introduction to Digital Media

DMD 111 Introduction to Digital Media

Course Description:

Designed for beginners, course content is geared toward potential designers, producers, educators, business people, and home-based users. We’ll explore the variety of up-to-date hardware and software used to produce Multimedia, from simple audience-oriented presentations to highly interactive CD-ROM/DVD programs, Websites, games, etc. Through readings, writings and hands-on computer exercises, we’ll examine the creative and production techniques, application uses, trends, business and legal concerns, design elements, and the product evaluation standards currently used in the digital media industry. Students will create the design, storyboards, and prototype for a project.

Course Prerequisites: None

. . . however, we strongly recommend that you can type, understand basic computer terms, have a working knowledge of Windows or Mac operating system, and know the basic operations of a quality word processing program such as Microsoft Word. If you feel weak in any of those areas, please let us know; we may have a few suggestions to give you a “jump start” in catching up.


  • Required: Vaughan, T. Multimedia: Making It Work. 8th. McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Suggested: Curtis, H. MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer. 1st edition (May 31, 2002). New Riders Publishing; ISBN: 0735711658

Requirements and Grading:

  • Weekly Assignments – Hands on practice with new skills and where you demonstrate competency with a skill and/or concept.  You will be required from time to time to show off your creations to the class
  • Knowledge Checks – You will be able to create questions focusing on the weeks material or you can choose to take a short quiz over the weeks material.
  • Midterm Exam – Exam consist of multiple choice questions and case studies for which you will create documentation. Questions are taken from text, class notes, and class website. Extra Credit Opportunity.
  • Final Exam – Exam consist of multiple choice questions and case studies for which you will create documentation. Questions are taken from text, class notes, and class website.
  • Final Group Project – You will design a bata Web site, CD-ROM, projector, or a software program on a topic you are interested in. This is where you use your imagination and creativity, and the digital media and design techniques as well as the methods to handle related production issues that you have learned from this class. This will be a team project and you will have to present it to the class.

Course Schedule:

Topic Text Reading Assignments
Introduction: The field of Multimedia Vaughan: Chapters 1 and 8
Text and typography Vaughan: Chapter 2
Images Vaughan: Chapter 3
Animation Vaughan: Chapter 5
Audio Vaughan: Chapter 4
Curtis: Process
Video Vaughan: Chapter 6
Midterm/Project Planning
Multimedia and the Web Vaughan: Chapter 12 and 13
Curtis: Process
Making Multimedia  Vaughan: Chapter 7
Planning and Costs Vaughan: Chapter 9
Designing and Producing Vaughan: Chapter 10 Curtis: Practice
Content and Talent Vaughan: Chapters 11
Project: Consultations, merging ideas, finalizing design and storyboards Curtis: Practice
Delivery Vaughan: Chapter 14
Final exam
Final project presentation project presentation

Note: Course Schedule and Materials are subject to necessary modifications based on the class progress.

Grade Scale

100% – 90%
89.9% – 80%
79.9% – 70%
69.9% – 60%
59.9% – 0
Withdrawal from course

Instructor – Russell Pearson

Work Phone:
847 543-2656
Office Location:
Office Hours:
M-F 8:00-4:30

One hour of free tutoring per week per class is available to students through Academic Support Services. Please call 847-543-2449 to sign up.

Computing Facilities:

Make sure you have frequent access to a computer with Internet connection and free space to install and test out some free trial versions of programs.

Six Multimedia computers (equipped with most software needed for this course) in the library of the Grayslake campus are reserved for students enrolled in Digital Media and Design courses. The library opens:

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. M-Th
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. F
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sat.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sun.

Special Needs

If you have a documented disability that requires note-taking, test-taking, and other special accommodation or modification in procedures, class activity, instruction, requirements, etc., please let your instructor know. You can also contact the Office for Students with Disabilities, to arrange for any needed accommodations. The office is located in the library of the Grayslake Campus in room L115, telephone number 847.543.2474 or 847.223.0134 (TTY).

Counseling Services and Counseling Services Referral Guide

The College of Lake County Counseling Office offers professional counseling for students who are in crisis or are having personal problems which as a result may affect their academic and career goals.  The services of professional counselors are available at three locations on an appointment or drop-in basis:  Grayslake Campus, C110, (847) 543-2060; Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan, N211, (847) 543-2186; Southlake Center in Vernon Hills, V130, (847) 543-6501

  • In addition, below is the link to the Counseling Services Referral Guide which we encourage you to review before the start of the semester.  The referral guide is located on the CLC Intranet under Faculty Resources.

Your Responsibilities

To successfully complete this course, you need:

  • complete all reading and video assignments;
  • complete all the assignments on time. Follow your instructor’s requirements on assignment due dates.
  • complete the knowledge Checks
  • complete the group project
  • complete the midterm and the final exam

Academic Integrity

Students must do their own work for assignments and exams. It is violating the College Policies Governing Student Rights and Responsibilities that you copy other people’s work and claim it as yours. Students will automatically fail the assignment or exam for any cheating or plagiarism in it. Students who assist other people in cheating or plagiarism will get the same penalty.

No comments or postings with vulgar or insulting content will be tolerated in the classroom or on the course Blackboard. Internet surfing, instant messaging, and game playing are not allowed during class unless required as part of in-class activities.

And Finally

Wish you all a great semester and success!