CASPER COLLEGE COURSE SYLLABUS
CO/M 2390-01 Independent Publications
Semester/Year: Fall 2007
Lecture Hours: 1 Lab Hours: 0 Credit Hours: 3
Class Time: 12:00-12:50 p.m. Days: T Room: CE 107
Instructor’s Name: Peter Van Houten
Office: CE 106 Office Phone: 268-2375 Email: email@example.com
Home Phone: 577-5053
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon plus Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Other
times are available by appointment.
Students interested in work on the newspaper or the literary/art magazine will work in advertising,
photography, records, circulation, editorial and or writing/editing.
Statement of Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
Goal: Provide students with hands-on experience in the creation of a monthly newspaper.
How to identify a news story and possible sources for the Casper College student newspaper, The Chinook,
How to complete an interview and write a basic news story, and
The basics to newspaper layout including how to work in Quark Xpress and Adobe Photoshop.
Methodology: Classes will consist of a mix of lecture, discussion, group projects and video viewings.
You have a chance at 100 points total, with grades assigned as follows:
90% or better: a minimum of 90 points = A
80% or better: a minimum of 80 points = B
70% or better: a minimum of 70 points = C
60% or better: a minimum of 60 points = D
59% or lower: anything below 59 points = F
Grading: A Breakdown
With each issue of the Chinook, you will be expected to complete your assignments in a timely manner. While
the newspaper will come out each month, you will receive a weekly grade based on the completion of your
assignments within the prescribed deadline, and the completion of one hour of work in the Chinook offices each
week. You will also be expected to keep weekly office hours in the Chinook office, a minimum of one hour a
week for staff writers. I will collect office hours starting Sept. 3. At the end of the semester, you will be
expected to log 16 hours in the office; you can make up that time within reason.
Required Text, Readings, and Materials: No text book is required.
You will be expected to make up any missed office hours or staff meetings.
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Last Date to Change to Audit Status or to Withdraw with a W Grade: November 2, 2007.
Student Rights and Responsibilities: Please refer to the Casper College Student Conduct and Judicial Code
for information concerning your rights and responsibilities as a Casper College Student.
Chain of Command: If you have any problems with this class, you should first contact the instructor in order
to solve the problem. If you are not satisfied with the solution offered by the instructor, you should then take
your problem through the appropriate chain of command starting with the department head, then the division
chair, and lastly the vice president for academic affairs.
Academic Dishonesty - Cheating & Plagiarism: Casper College demands intellectual honesty. Proven
plagiarism or any form of dishonesty associated with the academic process can result in the offender failing the
course in which the offense was committed or expulsion from school. See the Casper College Student Code of
ADA Accommodations Policy: It is the policy of Casper College to provide appropriate accommodations to
any student with a documented disability. If you have a need for accommodation in this course, please make an
appointment to see me at your earliest convenience.
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