CMS 3710: W4DM

CMS 3710 Writing for Digital Media (W4DM) is a core class in the Communication and Media Studies program at Clayton State University. Links to other sections of this syllabus can be found in the main navigation menu as well as the “General Class Policies” menu. Additional course materials are available to enrolled students through GA View.

This syllabus is still being updated for the Fall 2018 semester. Check this syllabus regularly to make sure that you have the most current information.

Section Information

  • CRN 80742: MW 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. and online
  • CRN 21304: 96% Online, with F2F meetings for exams
  • Class meetings: M144 Design Lab (in the Music Education building)

First Steps

Come to class. Also, before the 10 p.m. on the following Sunday, log on to the course site in GA View and complete the first week’s assignments, which are listed on our Schedule.

Required Software & Media

I recommend a flash drive with your name written on it in indelible marker. This will make it easier to save copies of files created in class.

Class projects will require Adobe  Photoshop, which is  installed on the computers in our classroom, the CMS Design Lab, M144. Adobe also offers 30-day free trial versions of this and other programs. At one point during the semester, you may want to download this free version of Photoshop to your laptop. However, to maximize its usefulness, I recommend that you wait to download the program until the final month of the semester.

In addition to Georgia View, class projects will require that you use and that you create user accounts with and Posting of your work in these web sites is a course requirement.

DO NOT create the WordPress or Codecademy accounts until we begin work on them in class, since your user account must use a specific pseudonym that I will provide.

Lab Time

Please note that the course requirements include substantial work using Adobe Photoshop,  WordPress and Codecademy. If you do not have or cannot run these programs at home, your schedule must allow you to spend time in the Design Lab during available hours.

The lab schedule posted outside the door lists times that the lab is available for your homework.

In addition, you will need the following.

Web Browser: Firefox or Chrome
In this media-rich class, using an up-to-date browser is mandatory.
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader)
Students must be able to read PDF files.
Media Player: VLC or equivalent
Students must be able to play mp3 and mp4 files. Many software tools will enable this, including VLC, which is available for free download.
Microsoft Word word processing
Students must be able to compose and read documents saved in the Microsoft Word “docx” format.
Clayton State email
Students must access their CSU email accounts on a regular basis. They must be able to use these accounts to attach and retrieve attached files. They must use only their CSU accounts (not, e.g. a gmail account) to communicate academic information to instructors.

Required Texts

  • Web Style Guide, 4th edition, by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton ISBN 0300211651 (Amazon)
  • A Writer’s Reference, by Diane Hacker, ISBN 9780312601430

Contact Information

My contact information including office hours is collected on separate page.

To obtain this document in an alternative format and request accommodations,
please contact the Disability Services Coordinator, Student Center 255,