Multimedia Project Lab: Spring 2011 Syllabus


Borough of Manhattan Community College
The City University of New York
Multimedia Programming & Design

Course Number: MMP 460
Course Title: Multimedia Project Lab
Instructor: Matthew Belanger
Semester: Spring 2011
Lecture Hours per Week: 3
Lab Hours per Week: 2
Credits: 4

A. Description

Students will work collaboratively to plan, design and create a complete interactive project. Projects may be drawn from such applications as: information kiosks; computer assisted instruction; and creation of World Wide Web sites.

B. Prerequisites

Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: MAT 051
Basic Skills: ENG 088, ESL 062, RDG 062, MAT 010/011 and MMP 320 or CCC 270 or ART 354

C. Student Learning Objectives

By the end of the course students will be expected to:
• Create a portfolio of their work to assist them in meeting their career goals.
• Work in groups to plan, design and produce a complete, functional, website that meets real-world, concrete needs.

D. Readings

Recommended Texts
The Essential Guide to CSS and HTML Web Design by Craig Grannell
Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works by Kelly Goto and Emily Cotler
Designing a Digital Portfolio by Cynthia Baron

E. Evaluation and Requirements of Students

• Portfolio: 30%
• Group Project: 60%
• In Class Performance and Attendance: 10%

Assignments must be handed in on time. Points will be deducted on work handed in late. Assignments may not be accepted for grading if they are late.

Use of Technology
• Software Adobe Creative Suite 5 including Flash Professional, DreamWeaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Sound Forge.
• Hardware Portable media for storing projects, such as a flash drive or CD ROMs will be necessary. Students will also load their projects onto the MMP server.

F. Attendance Policy

The College’s attendance policy states “At BMCC, the maximum number of absences is limited to one more hour than the number of hours a class meets in one week. In the case of excessive absence the instructor has the option to lower the grade or assign an ‘F’ or ‘WU’ grade.”

G. Disability Accommodation Policy

Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments for this course must contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (Room: N769; Telephone: 212-220-8180). BMCC is committed to providing equal access to all programs and curricula to all students.

H. BMCC Policy Statement on Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s ideas, words, or artistic, scientific, or technical work as one’s own creation. Using the idea or work of another is permissible only when the original author is identified. Paraphrasing and summarizing, as well as direct quotations, require citations to the original source. Plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional. Lack of dishonest intent does not necessarily absolve a student of responsibility for plagiarism.

Students who are unsure how and when to provide documentation are advised to consult with their instructors. The library has guides designed to help students to appropriately identify a cited work. The full policy can be found here.

I. Outline of Topics

• To be determined.

J. Office Hours

Contact me to schedule an appointment.

K. Weekly Breakdown

Week 8 | Class 15 | March 24

1. jQuery

2. Work on Midterm

Week 8 | Class 14 | March 22

1. DOM
Node Tree
Properties & Methods

2. JavaScript
• Frameworks
  • jQuery
    • Plugins
      • Easy Accordion
  • Mootools
    • Classes
      • Slideshow 2
  • Prototype

Week 7 | Class 13 | March 17

1. Work on Midterm

Week 7 | Class 12 | March 15

1. Wireframes

2. Work on Midterm

Week 6 | Class 11 | March 10

1. Midterm Meetings

Week 6 | Class 10 | March 8

1. The WordPress Database
Backing Up Your Database
Moving WordPress

2. Working with WordPress Plugins
Managing Plugins
Writing a Plugin
  • Plugin API
  • Skeleton Plugin

3. Portfolio Review

Week 5 | Class 9 | March 3

1. Working with WordPress Themes
• Functions
  • wp_list_pages()
  • wp_get_archives()
  • wp_list_categories()
  • wp_list_comments()
Integrating WordPress with Your Website

2. The WordPress Database
WP Query

Week 5 | Class 8 | March 1

1. Working with WordPress Themes
Using Themes
Theme Development
  • Skeleton Theme by Six Crayons
Category Templates
• Creating & Modifying Themes

Week 4 | Class 7 | February 24

1. Working with WordPress Themes
Widgetizing Themes
Using Widgets

Week 4 | Class 6 | February 22

1. Review PHP

2. WordPress
Database Description
The Loop
  • The Loop In Action
Template Tags
  • get_header();
  • have_posts();
  • the_post();
  • the_content();
  • get_sidebar();
  • get_footer();

Week 3 | Class 5 | February 17

1. Review & Get Caught Up

2. PHP
• Conditionals: If…Else, Switch
• Function: rand()
• Looping: While, For

Week 3 | Class 4 | February 15

1. Content Management Systems
Expression Engine
Movable Type

2. Installing WordPress
Download & Install WordPress
• Basics of WordPress
  • Logging In
Database Schema

3. Installing phpMyAdmin
Download & Install phpMyAdmin

Week 2 | Class 4 | February 10

1. Review WordPress

2. An HTML Refresher
Semantic HTML
• Tags, Attributes, Content, and Elements
• Nesting Tags
• Default Tags
  • The <html> Tag
  • The <head> Tag
  • The <title> Tag
  • The <body> Tag
Additional Tags

3. A CSS Refresher
CSS and it’s Syntax
Class, ID, Group, and Contextual Selectors
• Internal vs. External CSS
The Box Model, margin, border, padding, content

4. HTML & CSS Files & Web Servers
• Saving HTML & CSS Files
  • Folders / Directories
  • Naming Conventions
  • Extensions
  • Local vs. Remote File Systems
• Web Servers
  • Linux vs. Windows
  • Apache vs. IIS

WAMP = Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP

6. Installing A Portable WAMP Server
Download & Install Server2Go
Download & Install PHPMyAdmin

7. PHP
Introduction to PHP
• Function: echo()

Week 2 | Class 3 | February 8

1. Prof. Culkin Covers WordPress

Week 1 | Class 2 | February 3

1. Prof. Culkin Covers WordPress

Week 1 | Class 1 | February 1

1. Introductions

2. Class Structure and Overview

3. Brief History of Computing and the Internet

Antikythera Mechanism
Al-Jazari and his Mechanical Automata
Joseph Marie Jacquard and the Jacquard Loom
Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, the Analytical Engine
Alan Turing, Bletchley Park and the Enigma Machine
Electronic Memory and the Microcontroller
Early Personal Computers
Vannevar Bush, As We May Think, and Hypertext
Douglas Engelbart and the Computer Mouse
Internet History
Telnet and CompuServe
Email and WWW
Tim Berners-Lee and the first Web Server
Marc Andreessen, Eric Bina, and the Mosaic Web Browser

4. Assignment A: Email me at Please include the course number (MMP460) and your full name in the subject. Feel free to include links to your work in the body.