Devry plan of study is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Multimedia Design and Development
This course develops writing skills through analysis of essays, articles and other written works that are used as models for writing practice and development. Writing assignments stress process approcaches, development, organization revision and audience awareness. Students use word processing and Web-based tools to develop written work.
This course builds on the conventions and techniques of composition through critical reading requirements and longer, more sophisticated reports, including a documented library research paper. Assignments require revising and editing for an intended audience. Students are also taught search methods for accessing a variety of print and electronic resources.
This course extends composition principles to writing in a career context. Through a process-oriented approach, students learn to create effective reports and correspondence. Major emphasis is given to the principles of professional writing in common applications. Studies include electronic communication and oral reporting. Students may also learn to create Web pages for communication purposes.
This course enhances students' writing and presentation skills for academic applications and professional communication in the workplace. Students analyze the needs of divergent audiences, and craft messages using technology tools and media appropriate for distance and group communication. An emphasis on collaborative work further prepares students for the contemporary work environment.
Ethical & Legal Issues in the Professions
This course provides a framework for decision-making in professional practice. Ethical principles, social responsibility, legal and regulatory requirements, and professional codes of conduct are explored to help students develop a clear perspective and a sense of ownership for choices they make. General principles are applied using examples from professions in specific areas such as electronics and computer technology, network systems administration and health information technology.
Technology, Society, and Culture
In this capstone course, the relationship between society and technology is investigated through reading, reflection, research and reports. The course identifies conditions that have promoted technological development and assesses the social, political, environmental, cultural and economic effects of current technology. Issues of control and ethical considerations in the use of technology are primary. Discussion and oral and written reports draw together students' prior learning in specialty and general education courses. This course must be taken at DeVry.
Criminal Law and Procedure
This course addresses crimes and penalties as defined by law, as well as procedural law regulating enforcement of criminal law. Constitutional principles, types of offenses and the process of law enforcement and procedures (i.e., search, seizure, arrest, interrogation, identification, trial, sentencing, punishment and appeal) are covered.
Principles of Psychology
This course provides a foundation for understanding, predicting and directing behavior. Organized within a framework encompassing foundations, general topics and applications, the course provides an understanding of how psychological principles and concepts relate to professional and personal life. Topics include learning, attitude formation, personality, social influence, dynamics of communication, conflict resolution, motivation, leadership and group roles and processes.
Motivation and Leadership
This course focuses on human motivation and leadership skills required to effectively manage groups and individuals. Topics include basic motivation theory, leadership styles, workplace stress and conflict, and the dynamics of group development.
Career planning strategies and resources are explored to prepare students for a successful job search and to maximize potential for advancement and long-term professional growth. Students perform self-assessment and goal-setting activities, and apply research and evaluation skills to execute job search and career
advancement strategies. Each student assembles a professional portfolio highlighting achievements, goals and concrete plans.
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
This course provides instruction and practice in critical thinking, problem-solving and using research as a problem-solving tool. Coursework addresses problem-solving methodologies, critical analysis of information, cooperative learning and research strategies. Students also focus on the need for self-discipline and motivation in completing college. Ethical and value considerations are included within the critical thinking and problem-solving framework.
Algebra for College Students
This course focuses on factoring polynomials; solving quadratic equations; systems of linear equations; radical expressions; and functions where linear and quadratic functions are emphasized using application problems and modeling. The minimum requirement to pass this course is 80 percent, and grades of C and D are not assigned.
Statistics for Decision-Making
This course provides tools used for statistical analysis and decision-making in business. The course includes both descriptive statistics and inferential concepts used to draw conclusions about a population. Research techniques, such as sampling and experiment design, are included for both single and multiple sample groups.
Environmental Science with Lab
This interdisciplinary science course integrates natural and social science concepts to explore the interrelatedness of living things. Coursework focuses on environmental issues, problems and possible solutions. Topics include sustainability, ecosystems, biodiversity, population dynamics, natural resources, waste management, energy efficiency and pollution control, as well as associated ethics and politics. Through lab exercises students apply general principles using a variety of methods, and explore a broad range of topics.
Introduction to Business and Technology
This course introduces business and the environments in which businesses operate. Students examine the roles of major functional areas of business and interrelationships among them. Organizational theories and techniques are examined, and economic, cultural, political and technological factors affecting business organizations are evaluated.
Computer Applications for Business with Lab
This course introduces basic concepts and principles underlying personal productivity tools widely used in business such as word processors, spreadsheets, e-mail and Web browsers. Students also learn basic computer terminology and concepts. Hands-on exercises provide students with experience in use of PCs and current personal productivity tools.
This course focuses on generally accepted usability and accessibility standards that are global, industry-wide, or legal for web and other media. In addition, students apply these standards to develop practices, policies and standards for effective management of multimedia projects and assets.
Business of Graphics
This course focuses on issues critical to leading successful multimedia projects and businesses. Topics include scoping work for clients, legal considerations and financial aspects. In addition, the course introduces management principles applied to creative production. Students develop a pro forma media project plan that uses multiple resources.
Emerging Multimedia Technologies
This course explores emerging and advanced topics in multimedia. Students explore advances in technology and their implications for design and development of multimedia.
Senior Project I
Working in teams, students apply knowledge and mastered skills, including multimedia design skills and project management methods, to a professional project to meet the requirements specified within a case study or real-world project.
Senior Project II
Working in teams, students in this course [Char#19] a continuation of MDD-460 [Char#19] apply knowledge and mastered skills, including multimedia development skills and project management methods, to complete a professional project to meet requirements specified within a case study or real-world project.
Visual Design Fundamentals
In this course students examine the foundation of visual design. Topics include the design process; elements of design, such as line, color, form, function and space; and combining elements for enhanced visual design. Students explore these topics through various projects and by applying concepts using appropriate software.
Advanced Design and Rapid Visualization
Students in this course develop skills in creating graphic media. Students explore design and use of type, the process of using rapid visualization for design concept and idea formulation, as well as create media that enhance user understanding.
Digital Imaging Fundamentals
Students in this course learn the concepts of digital imaging, including editing, optimizing, and preparing images for web-based delivery. Topics such as color, special effects, and compression formats are discussed.
This course introduces fundamentals of Web design principles and Web content management. Topics include the user interface, Web page conceptualization, page structure, extensible hypertext markup language (XHTML), cascading style sheets (CSS), WYSIWYG editors, scripting, and Web accessibility standards.
This course addresses principles of analyzing, explaining and communicating instructions, ideas and information used in integrated test and graphics. Using a collaborative approach, students use real-world examples to explore user-centered design.
Advanced Web Design
In this course, students work in teams to develop a Web design for a fictitious company. Students research the company[Char#25]s industry and evaluate competitors[Char#25] Web designs. Students also explore emerging Web development tools that enhance production capabilities.
Instructional Design for Multimedia
Students in this course examine theory and practice of designing instructional materials, as well as systems used for interactive training and education. Practical development of online learning materials is emphasized.
This capstone course culminates in a professional portfolio that showcases students' Web graphic products, including component examples and Web designs.
Web Video Fundamentals with Lab
Students in this course learn to enhance web presentations through video and audio integration. Technical aspects such as linking files, streaming media and embedded video are covered.
Advanced Imaging with Lab
This course explores advanced techniques for achieving sophisticated visual designs and imagery. Students learn to actualize designs and maximize creative capabilities through use of software such as Illustrator, Flash and the Adobe Creative Suite. Students also learn techniques to streamline workflow in large projects.
3D Model Design and Construction with Lab
This course focuses on design and construction of spline models suitable for ray-traced illustration, rendered video and print. Students learn a managed approach to model construction, working from concept sketches to completely articulated models in demonstration projects that emphasize reusability of constructed assets.
The last two classes will be completed by April 2012
Advanced Illustration with Lab
Students in this project-based course learn advanced drawing and line art techniques, including advanced vector-based illustration. Blending tools, gradients, transparency and various effects are explored. Web illustrations and animations are developed using vector art and common multimedia tools in an integrated development environment.
Animation with Lab
This course targets the pre-production and production phases of animation design. Students learn to synthesize elements of an animated movie into a storyboard for production. Employing classical animation studio techniques, animations are optimized for digital production environments and delivery using common multimedia tools in an integrated development environment.