Adobe Flash

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 178

       Course Name: Adobe Flash

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CIS131.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces Flash authoring environment and basic features and functions of the Flash application, to create high-impact Web sites. Content includes activities using the program’s tools and modifiers, color capabilities, text formatting; sound importing methods; bitmap optimization capabilities.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
•    Plan Flash sites and pages
•    Integrate Flash into HTML
•    Construct Web pages effectively by using the Timeline, layers, and movie clips
•    Address anti-aliased text
•    Add HTML and vector text
•    Create rollovers and drop-down menus
•    Import and manipulate various image types: jpegs, bitmaps, and vector images
•    Optimize graphics
•    Incorporate sound and video
•    Create forms
•    Export bookmarks
•    Discuss design issues specific to Flash and Web pages

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

A. The Flash Environment
    a. Learning the Toolbars
    b. Working on the Stage

B. Drawing and Painting
    a. Using the Basic Drawing and Painting Tools
    b. Creating Custom Colors, Gradients, and Line Styles
    c. Applying Strokes and Fills

C. Working with Text
    a. Importance of the Text Elements
    b. Creating Text blocks and Text Fields
    c. Converting Text into Shapes
    d. Putting Text into a Movie

D. Manipulating Objects
    a. Selecting Objects
    b. Positioning and Aligning Objects
    c. Transforming and Grouping Vector Shapes
    d. Importing Artwork and Compatible Formats
    e. Working with Bitmaps

E. Working with Layers
    a. Viewing and Managing Layers
    b. Special Use of Layers
    c. Masking

F. Basic Frame Animation
    a. Animation Overview
    b. Frame by Frame Animation
    c. Tweening, Motion tweening, Morphing
    d. Using a Guide Layer
    e. Mask Animations
G. Working with Sound
    a. Adding Sound to a Movie
    b. Event Sounds
    c. Streaming Audio
    d. Sound Quality
    e. Editing Sound
    f. Exporting Properties

H. Using Interactivity
    a. Involving the User
    b. Introducing ActionScript: Normal vs Expert Mode
    c. Using ActionScript in a Movie
    d. Applying action to a Flash Object
    e. Navigation and Interaction
    f. Using Scenes, Variables and Expressions

I. Publishing Your Flash Content
    a. Delivery Options
    b. Download Times and Playback Speed,
    c. The Publish Command: Exporting and Optimizing
    d. Printing from Flash

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Program demonstrations, hands-on usage, textbook reading, applicable web sites, lecture, class discussions, group work, and guest speakers may be used.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

1.    Attend seminars as scheduled
2.    Read course materials - textbook and current resources
3.    Complete required assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests
4.    Attend and participate in lab as required

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Tests and Quizzes
Class Assignments
Lab Assignments
Attendance and Participation

XI.   Other Course Information

Course ID changed from WWW161 to CIS178,  Fall 2011

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.