Course Syllabus Multimedia


Course Title & Number: Multimedia, 9031 – Formerly Technology Systems was the required magnet course.
Credit Hours: 1 Year        Prerequisites: Computer Literacy in middle school





Karen North, E125

Instructor’s email address

Instructor’s conference times

12:30 – 1:15 or by appointment



·         Textbooks: "Technology Systems" by R. Thomas Wright and "Multimedia Basics” a Thompson Course Technology  

·         Modules: Applied Educational Systems TechCenter21 Lab:

·         Tutoring/Practice: E125 before school or online

·         Practice TIME: After school and “B” and “D” lunch by appointment.

·          Supplies: spiral notebook for journal, 3 floppy disks, CD’s and  USB flash drive – pen drive, thumb drive, thumb drive .

·          TEKS:



·         Overview:  This course is designed to use multimedia tools to communicate knowledge about technology systems and introduce the application of technology to solve problems and meet human needs and wants. Students explore various technological careers while analyzing the social, economic, and environmental impacts of technology. Students use system models to study computer applications, manufacturing, construction, communication, energy, power, transportation, and bio-related technology.   Students will integrate content from academic classes into multimedia presentations.

·         Multimedia Tools: Mavica and Cannon digital cameras, Visioneer Scanner; Microsoft Word, Excel, Photo Editor, Paint, PowerPoint, Movie Maker; Adobe PhotoShop Elements, MicroType Pro, DrScheme IDE, Notepad – HTML, JavaScript Programming, Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator, Sound Max. Future tools (I hope) Flash, Publisher, Video Editor, digital camcorders, MIDI, Smart Sounds.

·         Content: Areas of study include environmental work “Keep Westside Beautiful” and “Algebra in a Box.” AES Modules include: Introduction Unit: Systems Model, Web Page Design; Communication/Design Unit: Graphic Design, Multimedia Production, Video Production, Desktop Publishing; Engineering Unit: Electronics and Control Systems, Engineering Structures, Construction and CAD; Robotics/I.T. Unit: Introduction to Programming, Manufacturing and Automation, Biosphere; Energy Unit: Lasers and Fiber Optics, Power and Energy, Alternate Energy.

·         Instructional methods: Discovery, AL, Teamwork, Research, Multimedia presentations, Simulations, Hands-on activities, Peer/Self guided evaluation, Self-guided reading.

·         Goals: critical reading, analytical thinking, creative synthesis, and attention to details.  Communicating knowledge using multimedia tools and technological problem solving will be an essential core encountered in modules.

·         Objectives: to learn to read, to analyze, to organize, to experiment, and to think in a systematic manner and communicate that knowledge using multimedia tools.

·          Major work: Digital multimedia portfolio demonstrating learning with text, photographs and graphics.



·         Digital Portfolio: Web site communication portfolio, research, and teamwork will be continuous. Web page portfolio of work is to be maintained and presented throughout the year.

·         Research: Technology timelines and current event reports.

·         Homework:  Terminology and Test Your Knowledge questions from Technology Systems textbook and Review Questions from Multimedia Basics textbook are to be completed in journal. Assignments are posted online and should be recorded in the journal dated with objectives. Most work should be completed during class time.  Practice increasing typing speed is essential for efficient use of class time.

·         Tests: Tests on Wednesdays. Objective practice review tests are on



·         Attendance daily – if absent, please make arrangements to complete the missing work.  

·         The student must make arrangements in a timely manner to make up missed exams. A "zero" will be recorded for grade reports until complete.

·         Grades are weighted equally with each six-weeks grade consisting of at least 10 grades:

1.        Textbook Quizzes / Tests ( plus essay questions)

2.        Multimedia presentations (subjective assessment)

3.        Web pages and presentation of digital portfolio (subjective assessment)

4.        Graphics, edited photographs and animations

5.        Student self and peer evaluations. (detail quality assessment)

6.        Module Activities (computer tracked and recorded)  and Post Tests (on class multimedia computers)

7.        Optional grade – organized notebook and journal with notes and homework graded by student and parent. Please include details on method used to determine the recorded numeric grade. Grade to be recorded on the front cover of the journal.

8.        Extra Credit for creative application of concepts added to web page portfolio. One extra credit grade each six-week period is available upon request for extended-integrated web page designs. Please have plans approved in advance. This may be a partner project depending on the complexity.