CIT 204 Digital Media

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Course Specifics


Dr. Laurie J. Patterson
2038 CIS
910.962.3906 V
email Dr. Patterson

Class Meeting Times:

Modules open each week at 0800 Monday and close the following Sunday at 2359.

You CAN work ahead and complete the course ahead of schedule; you cannot, however, go back and complete work missed by its deadline.

Office Hours

TR 0930-1045
and by appointment


Digital Media, Concepts & Applications, 4th edition
by Crews & May via Cengage
Access to Skillport through UNCW required
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Access to Adobe Creative Cloud REQUIRED. Adobe Cloud Logo

Course Description

Introduction to technologies of the Internet. Issues in Web page design; graphics and animation; client/server concepts; collaborative computing and group work; network publishing; security and encryption; audio, video, and image compression; ethical issues and privacy; e-commerce; client-side Web programming; and dynamic Web page generation.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

Core learning outcomes:

  1. Describe major digital libraries.
  2. Describe media acquisition tools and techniques to create and record media.
  3. Describe media acquisition tools and techniques to capture, digitize, and sample media contents.
  4. Describe media acquisition tools and techniques for multimedia authoring.
  5. Compare/contrast graphic media file format characteristics such as color depth, compression and CODEC.
  6. Compare/contrast streaming media file format characteristics such as color depth, bit rate, CODEC and server requirements.
  7. Compare/contrast concepts of graphic file formats including lossy/lossless compression, color palettes and CODECs.
  8. Discuss the issues involved in deploying/serving media content.  

Advanced learning outcomes:

  1. Integrate digital libraries with other media contents.
  2. Apply media acquisition tools and techniques in creating and recording media.
  3. Apply media acquisition tools and techniques in capturing and digitizing media contents.
  4. Select and use multimedia authoring tools.
  5. Explain and compare media file formats including lossy vs. lossless compression, color palettes, streaming formats, and CODECs.
  6. Explain and compare the inter-operability of formats.
  7. Deploy and serve media contents within Web applications.

Information Literacy Outcomes

Academic Integrity

Students are responsible for submitting their own work. Students who cooperate on oral or written examinations or work without authorization share the responsibility for violation of academic principles, and the students are subject to disciplinary action even when one of them is not enrolled in the course where the violation occurred.

University Policy on academic integrity will be followed for this course. Cheating will be taken very seriously, resulting in harsh penalties. Since the skills required in this class are also required in the next class, cheating in this class will seriously hamper your ability to pass the next class.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is a community of high academic standards where academic integrity is valued. UNCW students are committed to honesty and truthfulness in academic inquiry and in the mastery of existing knowledge. This commitment begins when new students matriculate at UNCW, continues as they create work of the highest quality while part of the university community, and endures as a core value throughout their lives.

It is the responsibility of every faculty member, student, administrator and staff member of the university community to uphold and maintain the highest academic standards and integrity of the university. Any member of the university community who has reasonable grounds to believe that an infraction of the Honor Code has occurred has an obligation to report the alleged violation to the faculty member teaching the class who, in turn, must report the allegation to the Office of the Dean of Students. This obligation is a core value of the Honor Code, and must be fulfilled by each and every member of the university.

Title IX

UNCW takes all forms of interpersonal violence very seriously. When students disclose, first- or third-hand, to faculty or staff about sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking, this information must be reported to the administration in order to ensure that students' rights are protected, appropriate resources are offered, and the need for further investigation is explored to maintain campus safety.

There are three confidential resources who do not need to report interpersonal violence: UNCW CARE, the Student Health Center, and the Counseling Center. If you want to speak to someone in confidence, these resources are available, including CARE's 24-hour crisis line

For more information, please visit misconduct or

Student Expectations


Grading is done on a 10-point scale. A plus/minus system will be used to assign final grades using the following scale. Grades are NOT rounded up.

All students start with an "F" and work their way up the scale. Grades as of the end of Exam01, Exam02, and Exam03 can be seen in Canvas.

A-, 90-92A, 93+
B-, 80-82B, 83-86B+, 87-89
C-, 70-72C, 73-76C+, 77-79
D-, 60-62D, 63-66D+, 67-69
F, below 60

The course assignments are not weighted (outside of their total points), but based solely on points. Grades are NOT rounded up or down, they stand as noted.

Incomplete grades are given rarely and only in very specific situations.

These conditions must be documented and verified by the instructor before an incomplete grade may be given.

Class Format

Modules are expected to be a week long and focus on a particular digital media topic. There are quizzes, readings, labs, etc. associated with each module.

The course is divided into three (uneven) sections. Each section ending with an exam. All modules leading into the exam MUST be completed by the Sunday evening before the Exam. Modules for the next section open on the day of the preceding section's Exam.

The syllabus schedule shows specific dates for each module. These dates show when each module opens until the date that it disappears in Canvas. You can work ahead and complete the modules ahead of the end-date, but you must complete each module before it disappears. Once it disappears, it will not reappear again.

NOTE: the assignments have very specific requirements that try to encourage you to read carefully, follow instructions carefully, work within specific time constraints, and require YOU to be checking the schedule for assignments due!

This course is meant to be experiential. Some assignments do NOT have absolute answers, some do.

The quizzes use random questions. Your questions may not be the same as someone else in the course. You will have the same number of true/false, multiple choice, and short answer questions. Grades and answers for the quizzes will not be available until after the deadline for each module.

There will be two midterm tests during the semester and a final exam. Make-up tests can only be given in extreme situations beyond the student's control and with verifiable documentation. As an online course, YOU pick the date and time for your final exam. You will not, however, have access to the answers until the final exam period ends.

The two midterm exams are meant to be taken once you have completed the modules associated with it. The midterm uses random questions. Your questions may not be the same as someone else in the course. You will have the same number of true/false, multiple choice, and short answer questions. Grades and answers for the exams will not be available until after the deadline for each exam.

Special Needs

If you have a disability and need reasonable accommodation in this course, you should inform the instructor of this fact in writing within the first week of class or as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, you must register the Office of Disability Services in DePaolo Hall (ext. 2-3746) and obtain a copy of your Accommodation Letter. You should then arrange a meeting to make mutually agreeable arrangements based on the recommendations of the Accommodation Letter.

Tips for Success

Seek help when you need it and as soon as you need it. Feel free to contact the instructor via e-mail or in office hours. I can probably help you most quickly via e-mail, but you are welcome to stop by during office hours or set up an appointment for another time. Working with other students is permitted as long as you remain within the boundaries of the UNCW Academic Honor Code which applies to all work for this course. Please refer to the Student Handbook for details: The University’s policy on the responsible use of electronic resources also applies to all work for this course. See

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