AIM Syllabus

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36-2601 Authoring Interactive Media


Teacher: Some One

Office: Somewhere

Phone: 312-344-7754


Web Site


This class focuses on effectively communicating content in an interactive format. Students research, plan, and produce interactive media projects. Several media components are developed and integrated to support the goal of each piece. Topics covered include contextual problem solving, information architecture, and usability. All projects are designed with participants in mind, considering their culture and demographics. Contemporary authoring technology and content creation tools will be used.


PREREQUISITIES 35-1300 Digital Image Development

-- AND --

36-1000 Media Theory and Design I

-- OR --

22-1320 Design Lab


    After completing this course, students will:
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate media into an interactive multimedia project.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying concepts behind, and be able to create, interactive projects using current production technologies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully develop interactive strategies using methodology introduced in the Media Theory and Design classes.
  • Be able to develop goal-oriented media.
  • Apply cultural and critical theory to create work that considers contemporary cultural and social conditions.
  • Look critically at the current state of the art in interactive production through exposure to the profession.
  • Be able to create projects that emphasize discourse and dialogue (interactivity rather than exposition).
  • Produce finished piece for inclusion in student portfolio.

Applications and Platforms Covered

  • Text editor (for example: HTMLKit or Scite)
  • Validators (markup and CSS)
  • The rest of list TBA


  • Sketchbook
  • Removable media for archiving (such as a USB drive, DVDs, or CDs)


Required Books

Learning C# ,Jesse Liberty O'Reilly & Associates;
(September 2002), ISBN: 0596003765

Head First Design Patterns,By Eric Freeman, Elisabeth Freeman, Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
First Edition October 2004 ISBN: 0-596-00712-4

Departmental Attendance Policy

Two late arrivals equal one absence. You are expected to be in class on time; attendance is taken at the beginning of class. Two absences (even excused absences) may result in a failing grade. Three absences and you FAIL- NO EXCEPTIONS. If an absence cannot be avoided, it must be discussed with your instructor ahead of time. Medical and other emergency leave of absences follow a different policy. Please contact your instructor if such a situation arises.

Departmental Archival Policy

On the final day of class you must submit all work and documentation (including proposals) on two CD-ROMs. You will not pass the course without fulfilling this requirement. The CD will not be returned – create a backup copy for your files.

Class Website Policy

As part of this class you will be expected to create an maintain a class portfolio website. This website should showcase all of your in class and homework assignments. It is your responsibility to maintain links to all of these projects. These links will be used for grading the projects and a missing link will be considered the same and a missing assignment.


Projects and Assignments These project are just a sampling of t he projects and homework assignments required nand may change at any time. --- I still have to work on this...


Grading Guideline

Grading is incremental all students start with nothing and work up to a final grade.

 90-93 A-
       above average and outstanding work, no more than one absence, 
       active participation in class and excellent scores
       on exams and projects 
 87-89 B+
 84-86 B
 80-83 B-
       above average work, no more than two absences, and active 
       participation in class and above average scores on exams and projects
 77-79 C+
 74-76 C
 70-73 C-
       average work, no more than two absences, and/or average scores
       on exams and projects
 69-60 D
       below average work, no more than two absences, and/or below
       average scores on exams and projects
 59 and below F
       anything below and including 59% - failure to turn in assignments, three
       or more absences, and/or failing grades on exams and projects
       can lead to an F

Final Projects must be turned in on Final CD see Final CD





This syllabus is subject to change.