GRC 103 Introduction To Computer Graphics

CSN Fall Semester 2016

Section 3003   Call #94747  3.0 credits   Tuesday 6:00 - 9:40pm 8/30/16 - 12/6/16 West Charleston Campus  - Room  #113

Instructor: Michael W. Harrison Phone: 702-799-4000 voice mail

CSN E-mail:

CSN Computer Graphics Homepage


Course Description:

Hands-on approach to fundamental concepts, terminology, technology, and techniques for creating and editing basic bitmap and vector graphics, basic page assembly using industry-standard software and hardware.

Course Outcomes:

  1. Define basic computing terms dealing with graphic software applications, hardware, memory, operating system interface, graphic formats, color modes and printing.
  2. Operate a Macintosh or PC to perform basic computing procedures and to perform modifier key shortcuts for such actions.
  3. Make the necessary adjustments to a file so that the resultant file size and image compatibility with various software programs is appropriate for a given job.
  4. Capture images with various types of digital devices.
  5. Analyze a computer system in terms of memory, storage; and file size.
  6. Manage multiple files for a project and prepare them for final production and preparation for export for print or web.
  7. Design and create raster and vector artwork using industry-standard applications (e.g. Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop); convert from one graphic type (bitmapped image, vector object, bitmapped object) to another, import and export graphics; select, combine, transform, layer, group, delete, lock, color, and otherwise edit all types of graphics.
  8. Prepare and format files for outputting using basic computer graphics terminology and concepts.


There are no prerequisites for this class; although, it is a benefit to be able to type, that skill is not required.

Text and Materials Each student is required to provide:
        • No textbook for this class.
        • USB Jump (Flash) Drive (2 gig. or larger).

****NO Incompletes will be given****


  1. Having an incomplete does not allow you to take up a seat in next semester's class or use the CCSN facilities, work has to be done on your own time.
  2. Incompletes automatically turn into an 'F' grade after one year.
  3. Multimedia course and software changes every semester as we try to keep up with the exponential growth of the internet.
If you have one of the thousands of reasons of why you can't finish the course on time, I will check the work you have done, give you a grade.  A lower grade can be changed by the instructor after the semester.

I will not automatically withdraw students from class, if you are on the roster at the end of the semester and I have seen you at least once, you will receive an F for the class.

Grading Policy:

Grades will calculated by the total number of points earned.

92.5 - 100% = A
89.5 - 92.4% = A -
86.5 - 89.4% = B +
82.5 - 86.4% = B
79.5 - 82.4% - B -
76.5 - 79.4% = C +
72.5 - 76.4% = C
69.5 - 72.4% = D +
66.5 - 69.4% = D
59.5 - 66.4% = D -
0 - 59.4% = F


There will be a project due for grading every week.

There will be 3 exams aside from the projects that will be graded, which includes the Final Exam. All of them will be scantron in nature - BYOP (bring your own #2 pencil - no mechanical pencils)

Attendance Policy:

Attendance to the lecture sections of each class is Mandatory.  Tardiness  is rude and disruptive.  If you are tardy, please see a Classmate to get the missed notes after class.

3 Tardies = 1 Missed Class

2 Missed Classes = 1 Full Letter Grade Deduction

On-line tutorials are to be used as a guide, they are constantly being revised.  Do not work ahead.  You are responsible for the tutorials as given in class, which very well may differ from the on-line versions.

Late Instructor Policy:

Students must wait for 15 minutes or per other instructions if the instructor is late.

Additional Policies and Procedures of the Classroom:

  1. Absolutely no food or drink of any kind can be in the lab.  If you need to leave the classroom for any reason, just quietly get up and do your business.
  2. Headphones are permitted during lab time only.  Volume has to be adjusted so that no one can hear your music, even with the headphones on.
  3. Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understood the current issue of the student handbook (published by
    Student Services) regarding student responsibilities and rights, and the intellectual property policy, for information about procedures and about what constitutes acceptable on-campus behavior.
  4. Students are not allowed to download or install/delete/copy any software, or change any settings that involve the integrity of the computer, etc. If you have questions, ask first.
  5. This is a school, professional, adult environment, please do not embarrass yourself or any classmate with undesirable content from the internet or any other means.
  6. No visitors are allowed in the classroom, CSN policy.

Instructor's Note:

We will learn this material from each other.  We will have a lot of fun in this class.  You can get the grade you want to earn. You can use the skills you learn here for your business, your hobby, or to further your education in computer graphics.  But you need to attend to learn!  I look forward to working with the group and each individual.

NEW COURSE WITHDRAWAL POLICY - EFFECTIVE Spring 2014, per the President, Instructors are no longer permitted to assign a “W” as a grade. Students must officially withdraw from the class at Admissions and Records to receive a “W”.  The last day to Officially Drop without a status of “W” is September 11, 2016. The last day to officially drop with a status of “W” is November 6, 2016. Students not officially withdrawn through Admissions & Records will receive the grade that they earned.

LATE REGISTRATION - Effective Spring 2016, CSN students will be able to register for 16 week classes during the first week of the semester. This will allow students the flexibility to drop, add, or change courses during the first week. Students are responsible for all missed coursework. There is no late registration for short term classes as well as summer classes.

STUDENT REFUND POLICY - Effective Fall 2013, CSN’s student refund policy is as follows:
• 100% if withdrawal is initiated prior to the end of the first week of instruction; and
• 50% if initiated prior to the end of the second week of instruction;
• No refund shall be given after the start of the third week of instruction; and
• No refund shall be given for the application or admission fee.
More information is available at, including information about short-term class refunds.

STUDENT ACADEMIC WARNING/PROBATION/SUSPENSION POLICY - Effective Fall 2013, If students’ cumulative GPA falls to 2.0 or lower after attempting at least 12 credits, they will receive an academic warning, so that they have time to seek help. Continued performance at 2.0 or lower in future semester course work can lead to academic probation or academic suspension. Students on academic suspension will not be able to enroll in classes for a semester. More information is available at

CSN POLICIES AND SERVICES - Students’ Rights and Responsibilities pertaining to CSN policies and services are found at

DISRUPTIVE AND ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR - Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner in the classroom, on campus and through electronic media at all times. Disruptive and abusive conduct will not be tolerated. Students who fail to adhere to behavioral standards may be subject to discipline per CSN’s Disruptive and Abusive Student policy. A copy of the complete Student Conduct Code and Disruptive and Abusive Student Policy is available for review on the CSN web page.

USE OF CELL PHONES AND TEXT MESSAGING - All Cell Phones and Text Messaging shall be restricted to before and after class. All phones should be set on silent/vibrate. The Professor reserves the right to restrict all use of cell phones. Students will be required to leave class should this become a problem. Cell phone use and texting during class are prohibited.

EXITING THE CLASSROOM – REVOLVING DOOR - The classroom is not a revolving door. Continuous exiting and re-entering the classroom is not tolerated. Students who exit and re-enter the classroom excessively will be asked to leave class and schedule a conference with this professor.

MINOR CHILDREN POLICY - The primary mission of CSN is to educate students. To that end, CSN has the responsibility to provide a place of instruction that is free from distractions and conducive to learning. The presence of minor children is often a disruptive factor, not just because a child can be noisy or active, but because even inadvertently, attention is centered on the child rather than on the teaching and learning process. The presence of minor children on campus and in its facilities also raises safety and liability issues. Therefore, appropriate restrictions must be placed on bringing minor children to CSN’s campus, sites, and facilities.

A. First and foremost, CSN and its facilities (classrooms, offices, public areas, common areas and grounds) cannot be viewed at any time as a substitute for child care arrangements. Second, at no time may minor children be unattended or unsupervised on campus for even a short period of time. Third, only currently enrolled students should be present in classrooms or lab facilities. Fourth, minor children should not be brought into work locations during an employee’s work time.

B. Children under the age of eighteen, unless otherwise exempt as listed below, are not allowed in classrooms, labs, college grounds, or other college facilities except for visits while supervised by an adult. Employees and students must not allow minor children to be left unattended on campus. Minor children may not be left unattended in public areas such as the library or be left to wait or play outside a classroom or in the cafeteria while the adult is in class. Minor children may not attend class or class activities such as field trips, along with enrolled students except on very rare occasions at the discretion of instructors. Minor children may not be present at the employee's work site during the employee’s assigned work hours.

C. This Policy does not preclude short visits when the minor child is accompanied by another responsible adult.

D. Individuals under the age of 18 who enroll in classes at CSN are exempt from this policy.

DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER - The College of Southern Nevada, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, requests that all students with documented disabilities voluntarily contact the Disability Resource Center so that the college can provide necessary accommodations.  *If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will need to contact the Disability Resource Center located in the Student Service Center on each campus.  Cheyenne phone number is 702-651-4045, Henderson, 702-651-3795 and West Charleston is 702-651-5644. More information is available at

TUTORIAL SERVICES/LEARNING CENTERS - The Tutorial Services’ mission is to foster a positive and caring learning atmosphere that supports classroom instruction and overall student success. One-on-one tutoring is available – visit for more information. Tutors are available in most subjects to provide learning support and help you improve your academic motivation and performance, enhance your self-esteem and confidence as an independent learner, and achieve your educational, professional and personal goals. Register for FREE one-on-one tutoring and schedule appointments at or contact one of our offices at: Charleston Campus - Rm D-203 - 702-651-5732; Cheyenne Campus - Rm S-247 - 702-651-4232; Henderson Campus - Rm B-201 - 702-651-3125

ADVISING AND COACHING SERVICES - Help students learn academic success strategies, explore careers, declare a major, develop a personalized success plan, learn to navigate the educational system, benefit from campus and community resources, and connect to campus life. Advisors/Success Coaches also help new to college students with course planning. Locations: CHARLESTON Bldg. D – 203, 702-651-7367; CHEYENNE 1100 Student Services Area, 702-651-2626; and HENDERSON Bldg. B –Student Services Area, 702-651-3103

DEPARTMENTAL/SCHOOL COUNSELORS - Faculty counselors help returning, continuing, and transfer students select courses, obtain degree audits, and develop educational and vocational plans according to selected majors.

Mark Haag
Office: CY A 2716
Phone: 702.651.2668

Emily Rafael
Office: CY A 2748
Phone: 702.651.4937

Rosemary Hall
Office: WC C 151-C
Phone: 702-651-7375

FACULTY E-ALERT SYSTEM - Faculty members may refer struggling students to Advising and Coaching Services via MyCSN in order that they receive timely assistance in passing their class. If contacted by Advising and Coaching Services’ E-Alert office, be sure to respond quickly and utilize interventions to help you successfully complete this class.

CSN WEBSITE AND COLLEGE CATALOG - These sources contain essential information about attendance, unregistered students in class, religious holidays, safety/security issues, emergency notification, testing, adding and dropping classes, course repeat, auditing, credit hour load, incomplete grade, grade appeals, auxiliary services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), tutorial, retention/E-alert, student code of conduct, student rights and responsibilities disruptive and abusive students, participation in extracurricular activities, and accepted email use.

COLLEGE LIBRARY SERVICES - CSN College Library Services offers ongoing research workshops throughout the semester.  Bring your topic or assignment to one of the workshops on the basics of locating and citing quality information and receive in-depth assistance with a librarian. Check out the schedule at or call 651-5729 for more information.

CSN COMPUTER LABS - Most of you will probably do your assignments at home or at work. If you are having problems with your computers or do not have the required software, feel free to use any of the on campus Computer Labs. Having computer problems at home or office is NOT a valid excuse for missing due dates.

Charleston Interactive Learning Center - 702-651-5731
Cheyenne Interactive Learning Center - 702-651-4592
Henderson Interactive Learning Center - 702-651-3002
Summerlin High-Tech Center - 702-651-4900
Western High-Tech Center - 702-651-4898
Green Valley High-Tech Center - 702-651-2650

Information contained in this syllabus may be subject to change with advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.

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