I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 264
Course Name: Multimedia Authoring
Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course covers the use of authoring tools and issues affecting multimedia production projects from design phase through completion. Projects completed in software package. Content includes basic programming techniques, animation control, software engineering principles for multimedia environment, use of color images and sound, incorporation of movies, CD-ROM production, testing and mastering.
IV. Learning Objectives
- To identify the basic concepts and terms used in authoring.
- To explain how authoring productions are created.
- To explain the limitations of authoring.
- To design and author a production.
- To author a project.
- To operate the hardware involved in authoring and implement hardware in multimedia.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Authoring Features
- Editing features
- Organizing features
- Visual-cues, icons and objects
- Scripting language
- Traditional programming
- Document developing
- Conditional branching
- Structured language
- Cross platform issues
- Type of Tools
- Card based tools
- Card based tools
- Icon Based Authoring
- Time Based Authoring
- Object Orientated Tools
- Designing and Producing Multimedia
- Designing interfaces
- CD-ROM technology
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Attend and participate in all classes and labs.
- Attend critiques and quizzes as scheduled in the course calendar.
- Complete assigned exercises and print work.
- Final Exam.
IX. Instructional Materials
- Flash drive or portable hard drive
- Blank CD-Rs
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
The final grade will be based upon the following elements and their weights:
- Quizzes 25%
- Critiques 25%
- Final Exam 25%
- Final Critique 25%
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.