Saddleback College - Business Science Division

Course Syllabus


1/19/2014 - 03/15/2014

Instructor: Professor T. DeDonno   Semester Spring 14
Office Hours E-Mail: Ticket # Unkown80
Class Site : Room # Hybrid BGS234
Central Web-Site Time & Day Tuesday 6-9 1st 8 Weeks
Course Description
Interactive animations for web sites using Adobe FLASH. Course covers beginning and intermediate animation concepts to build Web Animation. Also explores frame by frame animation, basic tweening, HTML publishing, symbol creation, sound compression, the integration of sound to achieve communication objectives on the web, and importing and modifying graphics and complex animations.
Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Create and modify simple objects on multiple layers using various tools such as the line, oval, rectangle, pencil, paint bucket and brush tools
  2. Utilize the basic editing techniques of cut, copy, paste and paste special and create new colors by defining and modifying gradients and color sets.
  3. Build complexgraphic symbols by combining multiple lines and fills.
  4. Work with grouping and complex paint modes using grouped objects, controlling the stacking order and editing groups, aligning elements and use complex paint modes with the brush.
  5. Create and control objects on multiple layers and delete layers via the dialog box and the timeline.
  6. Utilize the library window, the various library window views and define the library hierarchy.
  7. Convert graphic objects to symbols, create new symbols from scratch and discover symbol instances.
  8. Change, edit and swap symbol instances and convert them to graphics.
  9. Create frame-by-frame animations using the timeline.
  10. Use onion skinning, edit multiple frames, adjust frame rate, and vary the speed of animations.
  11. Manipulate frames by animating multiple motion tweens, reversing frames and combining tweening with frame-by-frame.
  12. Develop techniques for using animated masks.
  13. Save animations as graphic symbols and as movie-clip symbols.
  14. Create interactivity with buttons by incorporating a basic rollover.
  15. Import sound to your movies and/or specific buttons.
  16. Introduce complex interactivity by using expressions and variables and conditional.
  17. Deliver movies by creating projectors by preparing your movie for optimal payback
Required Textbook

James Shuman, Adobe Flash CS6 Revealed - Online Version of book.

You may use CS5 version of the book but the CS6 version includes Adobe/Air

James Shuman, Adobe Flash CS5 Revealed. Online Version of book.

Course Grading
Course grade consists of assignments, quizzes and tests. Since this class meets only twice a week, you will be required to forward your saddleback e-mail address to your main e-mail. When sending e-mails, make sure you include ca4b or Java in subject line. Academic Integrity is critical to passing this course. Failure to abide by academic integrity can result in a failing grade. For further information on academic integrity consult UCSD Professor Elkan's Written Description. and the cim site policy. The course grade will be calculated from:
92-100 A   Blackboard Quizzes 33%
84-91.9 B Assignments & Labs 33%
70-83.9 C Tests 33%
60-69.9 D Signing up 1%
0-59.9 F    
Dropping Class
It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw (drop) from the class. However, Instructor may drop students under the following conditions:
  1. Students who have not completed at least 1 assignments two days before the drop without W grade.
  2. Students who have not completed at least 50% of the work  by two days before the drop with W grade.
  3. Students who miss 2 or more class session
Regrading Policy
Sometimes you get a grade that you don't like, usually for one of the following reasons:
  1. There was a clerical error  (i.e., the points were added up wrong).
  2. You think you did something right, and I think you did it wrong.

If you discover a clerical error, tell me immediately. The following Statute of Limitations will apply: You have one week from the day any graded assignment or test is returned to you to appeal the grade you received. After one week, I will assume that you believe the grade you got is the correct one. After one week, grades are unchangeable, fixed, and permanen

Special Needs
Students with disabilities are entitled to appropriate accommodations.  This course meets the requirements set forth in the accessibility checklist and universal design grid provided by Special Services. The Web pages, video presentations, textbooks and class materials used in this course are accessible to students with disabilities If you have specific disabilities requiring accommodations, let your instructor know the first 10 days of the semester so that your learning needs may be met and for referral to the Special Services office where documentation of your disability will be provided to receive services and accommodations.  The Special Services Office is in Student Services Center, Room 113.

Any exceptions to the above statements will be considered individually & only if you approach me about the proposed exception at least a week in advance.

Distance Education Requirements

This is an on online - distance educational course.

The first blackboard announcement will consisely summarize the three key steps in completing the class. The assignment page provides a detailed course guide. At the start of the course the three step summary will be sent to your Saddleback e-mail address. Complete all assignments in the order they are listed.

Regular effective contact between the Professor and student is required for success. This is a hybrid class, we will meet every tuesday for the first 8 weeks, we also have weekly videos, blackboard threaded discussion boards, and frequent emails (several per week). When required actual phone calls will be made. This class also includes a learning center component which uses the textbook pre-assignment tutorials as lab exercises. The learning center offers effective contact with both the Professsor and other Flash proficient instructors. Note instructor does have office hours and blackboard provides 24/7 access to illuminate webcasting software.

For additional help: blackboard, login and/or general. - Tentative Schedule