Communication and Media Studies 427

COMS 427: Advanced Web and Multimedia Production

Prerequisites: COMS 130, COMS 226, COMS 326, and COMS 330, or permission of the instructor

Credit hours (3)

Theories of interactivity, information presentation and responsive design; practice in the creation of advanced interactive publications, including audio, video and interactive animation for the World Wide Web and other digital media. 

Detailed Description of Course

This course surveys advanced Web software, content management systems, and production techniques with respect to mass media on the Web. The course begins with an overview of the Web and refresher sessions on HTML code, then deals in turn with digital imaging, audio, video, interactive animation, responsive design, and content management systems. Legal and ethical considerations in Web design and development are also emphasized in the course.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course is conducted as a lecture and lab combination course. The underlying theory involves visual design, information design, and interactive design. Most emphasis on the course is on student production of audio, video and interactive products for the World Wide Web.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

After completion of the course, the student will be able to:
    1) Demonstrate an understanding of the theories pertaining to good visual, informational, and interactive design.
    2) Demonstrate an understanding the range of software applications and content management systems that may be used
       for advanced Web Design. These would include (but not be limited to) HTML, scripting applications; digital imaging
       applications; audio, video and streaming server applications; web hosting resources, social media platforms; and
       advanced interactive applications.
    3) Develop responsive and multimodal Web sites with basic content accessible to various browsers, platforms, and
    4) Create professional Web sites by applying current industry standard concepts using the range of applications.

Assessment Measures

As an advanced lab course, assessment measures will tend to emphasize critique and review of exercises and projects over quizzes and exams. However, all assessment measures may be used in the course.

Other Course Information



Review and Approval

April 19, 2016