MMEDIA-1A03: Introduction to Digital Media in
the Humanities (Fall 2009)
Communication Studies and Multimedia
Instructor: Dr. Stéfan Sinclair (send messages via website)
Course Website: https://elmls.mcmaster.ca/webct/logon/2905940350021
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am (or by appointment), TSH-328
Lectures (TSH-120): Wednedays & Fridays from 3:30-4:20pm
Tutorials (TSH-206): consult your schedule
Lectures will explore the history, development and current state of digital media, with special attention to
social and cultural issues surrounding the use of technologies. Tutorials will help students to express
themselves effectively with digital media, and especially on the web.
Week 1 – Introduction to the Course; Week 2 - What is Digital Media? Week 3 – How Did We Get Here?
Week 4 – Digital Devices; Week 5 - Design of digital media; Week 6 – Digital Text; Week 7 – Digital
Images; Week 8 – Digital Sound and Video; Week 9 – Interface and Usability; Week 10 - Interactivity;
Week 11 – Social Networking; Week 12 – Coding; Week 13 – Review.
There will be two one hour lectures/demonstrations each week held in TSH 120. Summary slides will
be available from the website, but they are insufficient for quizzes and the exam.
Hands-on tutorials will be organized for relevant computing skills and discussion, held in TSH 206.
Students will complete assignments in pairs; quizzes and checkpoints are to be completed
Readings, course materials (quizzes, assignments, checkpoints, etc.) will be available on the website
and students will be expected to use these materials.
Students will be expected to check the website and their email at least once a week for
There will be several online quizzes to be completed individually. No late quizzes will Quizzes 15%
be accepted. There will be several checkpoints related to skills presented in the Checkpoints 10%
tutorials, to be completed individually. Checkpoints are either pass or fail and no late
checkpoints will be accepted. There will be three assignments, to be completed in Assignments 35%
pairs and submitted online only, focusing on 1) content and basic HTML (10%, due Final Exam 40%
October 4th); layout and graphic design (10%, due November 1st); 3) the completed
project (15%, due November 29th). Part of each assignment will be a description of the contributions of
each team member. Late assignments will be penalized at a rate of 5% per day (all days, including
weekends). There will also be a final exam, covering lectures, tutorials, and readings.
Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and can result
in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the
transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion
from the university. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For
information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy,
specifically Appendix 3, located at: http://www.mcmaster.ca/univsec/policy/AcademicIntegrity.pdf.
Email & On-Line Disclosure
It is the policy of the CSMM Department that all email communication between students and instructors
(including TAs) must originate from their official McMaster University email accounts. This policy protects
the confidentiality and sensitivity of information and confirms the identities of both the student and
In this course we will be using a Learning Management System (LMS). Students should be aware that,
when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names,
user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other
students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in
this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such
disclosure please discuss this with the instructor.
Accommodations For Students With Disabilities
If you require special accommodation for learning or have any special needs please let your instructor know
of them as soon as possible in order that arrangements can be made. Students with disabilities are
encouraged to register with the Centre for Student Development.
The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The
university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type
of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given
with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check
their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.