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English 300 Information

Engl 300: Computers in English
Washington State University
(1 credit S/F course)

Coordinators: Carter Odem and Travis Fish
Instructor of Record: Jeffrey Kuure
Fall 2015
Time and Location: Monday or Wednesday or Friday 3:10-4 in Avery 101
Office Hours: To be announced in class

Course Requirements:

Each student enrolls one section of desktop publishing or web design.

Desktop Publishing

Goal: To learn the basics of desktop publishing, using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. By the end of the workshop each student will be able to create professional looking desktop publications from edited photographs, logos, business cards, resumes, and booklets/brochures.

Learning Objectives: By the end of the semester, students will be able to

  • construct a movie poster using Adobe Photoshop, with at least one picture of themselves;
  • render a vector logo from a series of hand drawn sketches in Adobe Illustrator. The logo can be in a style of the students choosing; and
  • create a short book (on a topic of their own choosing) in Adobe InDesign. The preferred genre is informative, providing pictures and informational text designed to use advanced formatting options within InDesign.

Web Design

Goal: To learn the basics of web design and production using Adobe Photoshop (optional), Illustrator and Dreamweaver. By the end of the workshop each student will have a functional and well designed website.

Learning Objectives: By the end of the semester, students will be able to

  • design and code a personal website using basic HTML and CSS coding that contains 5 linked pages;
  • link to outside sites, including photos;
  • embed videos from; and
  • create and format text content for web pages.

Grading: This course is graded pass/fail based on attendance (50%) and completion of assigned work (50%).

To pass this class, a student must have no unexcused absences and have successfully completed all assignments.

To receive the attendance points, a student must attend every class meeting as engaged and active participants, paying attention and following the lesson.

Students are expected to use workstations to do course work during class; we expect students not to visit Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site during class.

If a student must miss a class, he or she must send the 300 Coordinator an email in advance (unless prevented by some documentable emergency). A single unexcused absence is grounds to fail the attendance portion and thus the course. Please, email me or come in and talk to me! I’m far more willing to listen if you take the initiative concerning attendance points.

To get the assignment credit, a student must turn in all of the assignments on time (or get an extension from the 300 coordinator) and pass each one. On each assignment turned in, the student will get comments and a grade before the next class period. Note that every assignment must earn a passing grade to receive the assignment credit.

University Announcements

Students with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please either visit or call the Access Center (Washington Building 217; 509-335-3417) to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. All accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center.

Academic Integrity: As an institution of higher education, Washington State University is committed to principles of truth and academic honesty. All members of the University community share the responsibility for maintaining and supporting these principles. When a student enrolls in Washington State University, the student assumes an obligation to pursue academic endeavors in a manner consistent with the standards of academic integrity adopted by the University. To maintain the academic integrity of the community, the University cannot tolerate acts of academic dishonesty including any forms of cheating, plagiarism, or fabrication. Washington State University reserves the right and the power to discipline or to exclude students who engage in academic dishonesty. You are expected to know and adhere to the rules on academic honesty as outlined in the WSU student handbook. If you violate those rules, depending on the degree of seriousness of your breach of academic integrity, you may fail the assigned work or the class as a whole and you may be reported to the Office of Student Conduct for further discipline. For the WSU’s position on Student Conduct in full detail, visit the WSU Office of Student Conduct.

During the periods that the consultants who teach the workshops are on duty in open periods at the AML, they will be available to answer your questions and assist you with the assignments. You are also welcome to come to any office hours listed, or make an appointment.

Emergency Policy: Please be aware the university has a comprehensive safety plan that can be viewed at, as well as one regarding emergencies Emergency alerts (including weather closures) are posted at

E-Mail: In compliance with the new WSU policy (effective 24 August), we can only respond to e-mail sent from your WSU email address. As of the first day of classes, we cannot respond to e-mail sent from non-WSU accounts and the IT Department will switch the e-mail address in your myWSU account to your WSU e-mail address.