Macromedia Flash MX 2004 ActionScript Bible (Reinhardt) Weily, ISBN: 0764543547 (available on Books 24x7)
Macromedia Flash MX 2004 for Windows and Macintosh (Visual QuickStart Guide) (Ulrich) Peachpit Press, ISBN: 0201794810
More texts Will be assigned as we discuss what we will do with the second half of the course
*There will be no assigned readings from the recommended text, it is simply a guide to familiarize yourself with the Flash Interface (so any basic text will do).
In addition to the texts, online readings might be assigned in class and linked from this page.
You should purchase at least one Zip disk to store your work on; I recommend two in case you have problems with the first.
Your grade will be based on your individual assignments & a final practical.
It's important to understand that if you complete all the requirements for an assignment, that entitles you to a grade of "B" (i.e. "satisfactory work"). To receive an A for an assignment, you must go beyond the basic requirements, and demonstrate creativity, initiative, and excellence--the grade of A is intended for work that is superior, rather than average.
Assignments submitted after the due date/time, without prior approval from me, will lose one full letter grade for each day that they are late. If you know that a situation will prevent you from turning something in, contact me in advance of the deadline to make alternate arrangements.
The final practical shall be worth 20% of your grade. The practical itself will be based upon the in-class exercises, what we build in class together, and the readings. The practical will be held during the final class time (10b).
If you wish to dispute your final course grade, you must do so before the end of the quarter following this one; otherwise documentation of your work may not be available.
Last Day to Drop the Class: For this quarter, you can drop the class on or before September 12th . After that date, you must withdraw from the course, which will show on your transcript as a W.
Last Day to Withdraw: The deadline for withdrawing from a course with a W grade is the end of the 6th week of the quarter. Forms may be obtained from the IT office, and must be signed by your instructor. Completed forms should be returned to the IT office no later than the last day of the 6th week. After that date, a grade will be assigned based on the work that you have submitted.
"Incomplete" Grades: You may request an incomplete, or "I" grade, only in cases where exceptional conditions beyond your control, such as accidents, severe illness, family problems, etc., have kept you from completing the course. You must alert us to these circumstances as soon as possible--telling your instructor in November that you were sick in September is not acceptable. If your request for an incomplete is granted, you must complete the work for the course within the time limits set by the instructor. The maximum time is two (2) academic quarters. Unfinished "I" grades automatically become "F". Incomplete grades are not given to students who have simply fallen behind in their work.
Assignments will be discussed in class, and posted here on a regular basis. They will always be due at 5pm on the due date.
It is important that you understand what constitutes academic dishonesty, and what the penalty associated with it is. Read this policy carefully. Please note, in particular, the definitions of cheating and collusion. There is a fine line between asking for a classmate's help in solving a technical problem, and using their work as your own. Don't cross it. Similarly, while it's fine to get ideas from web sites, you must credit your source. If you violate the academic dishonesty policy, you will fail the course. It's just not worth it.
The readings for each week should be completed before that week begins, so that you're prepared to work with examples and exercises, and to ask questions.
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